April 4, 2008
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The UC Davis women's rowing varsity eight will try to claim the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic for the second straight year when the Aggies open competition at the regatta being held at Mission Bay on Saturday morning.
Besides sending its varsity eight crew, UC Davis will also be represented by its novice eight. The Aggies won the petite final in that division at San Diego last season.
The varsity eight are top-seeded and will race in the first of three preliminary heats of the Cal Cup at 8 a.m. UC Davis will be in lane 1 and will face Saint Mary's, San Diego, Drexel, UC Santa Barbara, Orange Coast College and Pacific. A total of 18 teams are entered in the Cal Cup.
The Aggies are coming off a dual victory over San Diego State last weekend at the Port of Sacramento in which they were timed in a very fast 6 minutes, 33.64 seconds. They posted an approximately 17-second win over the Aztecs giving the team momentum heading into this weekend's competition.
"The team is really excited to be in San Diego against some of the top collegiate women's rowing programs in the country," said head coach Carissa Adams. "This weekend will be a good measure of our speed against programs from all over the country."
UC Davis has advanced to the grand final of the Cal Cup each of the past three years.
Rowing for the varsity on Saturday will be Tara Davis
at coxswain, Sunny Caldwell
at stroke, Alicia Foley
at seven, May Roberts
at six, Vanessa Cuellar
at five, Heidi Okowitz
, Darcy Ward
at three, Erin Andrews
at two and Laura Kelleher
The novice eight is in the second of three heats and will race in lane 2 against UCSB, Sonoma State, Washington State and San Diego. Race time is 11 a.m. Seventeen crews are entered.
Rowing for the novices will be Natasha Loghamour at coxswain, Samantha Houston at stroke, Allison Bruton at seven, Brittani DeReimer at six, Elieke Demmer at five, Autumn Huey at four, Lauren Auble at three, Melissa McCue at two and Christina Newman at bow.
Grand finals for both the varsity and novice races will be held on Sunday.