Women's Rowing Opens Spring Season With DIRT

UC Davis will be at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday morning for the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
UC Davis will be at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday morning for the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 3, 2007

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DAVIS, Calif. -- The UC Davis women's rowing team will open its spring season on Sunday morning at the Port of Sacramento when the Aggies host several schools for the annual Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament.

The Aggies, under interim head coach Carissa Adams, will have boats in six races during the regatta, which will be conducted with the UC Davis men's rowing club program. UC Davis will race in varsity eight (8:15 a.m.), novice eight (8:45), second novice eight (9:15), second novice eight (9:30), varsity four (10:00) and novice four (10:30) races on the 2,000-meter course.

Other teams scheduled to compete include Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbra and Sonoma State.

"Our goal for this first race is to have a strong and consistent piece and to attack the race with confidence," said Adams. "I feel the entire squad has come together and are supportive of one another, understanding that everyone has a role in making this a successful season."

Adams, who is in her sixth year with the program, said it's still to early to project how the team will do this season but she's confident the rowers will continue to make strides.

"At this point we are where I would like us to be in practice and continue to hit our short-term goals," she said. "The goal is to continue to improve and progress."

Rowing in the varsity eight boat will be Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Vanessa Cuellar at seven, Heidi Okowitz at six, Angela Bruno at five, May Roberts at four, Laura Kelleher at three, Amber Buntin at two and Sarah Kay at bow. Katherine Cobarrubia will be the coxswain.

Tara Davis will cox the second varsity eight boat which will have Elizabeth Russo at stroke, Lucci Lautze at seven, Erica Southard at six, Darcy Ward at five, Sarah Schultz at four, Melissa Wong at three, Reva Birnbaum at two and Brooke Thomas at bow.

This weekend will also feature a boat dedication in honor of Pam Gill-Fisher, longtime Senior Associate Athletics Director who recently retired from athletics administration and has returned to her faculty appointment. Adams said Gill-Fisher's support for the program through her administrative duties, particularly in helping secure the new shell, will be recognized with the dedication. The boat is a resolute lightweight 8 and will be used by the novice.

Sunday's racing is just one of two home dates for UC Davis which will host San Diego State in a dual next Saturday at the Port of Sacramento. The Aggies will compete in four events at Lake Natoma, including an April 7 matchup with rival Sacramento State.