Varsity Eight Takes No. 2 Seed To New Jersey For Highly Competitive Knecht Cup

UC Davis' varsity eight will compete in the Knecht Cup this weekend. <br> (Charile Painter)
UC Davis' varsity eight will compete in the Knecht Cup this weekend.
(Charile Painter)

April 13, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's varsity eight, coming off its exciting win last Saturday over rival Sacramento State in the Jean Runyon Cup, will travel to New Jersey this weekend for the pretigious Knecht Cup which brings together more 50 schools for a two-day regatta on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

UC Davis, which is unbeaten in five races this spring, has earned a No. 2 seed in the 29-team varsity eight class behind No. 1 Gonzaga, another west coast crew making the trek across the country for regatta. UC Davis will race at 7:37 a.m. (PDT) in the second of five preliminary heats. The Aggies will be in lane three and face Robert Morris, Marist, Fordham, Lehigh and Drexel.

The top three teams plus the next three fastest times will advance to Saturday afternoon's semifinal with the top two finishers in each semi moving on to Sunday's grand final. Petite and third finals will also be contested on Sunday. The University of Massachusetts claimed last year's varsity eight grand final with a three-second win over Gonzaga.

"We are looking forward to this race," said interim head coach Carissa Adams. "My only reservation is that we will be in a different boat than we are used to. However, the athletes are well-rested."

UC Davis also participated in the Knecht Cup in 2005, finishing fourth in the petite final.

The Aggies will use the same lineup that brought it victories at the Cal Cup in San Diego and last week's Jean Runyon Cup. Rowing will be Katherine Cobarrubia at coxswain, Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Sarah Kay at seven, May Roberts at six, Vanessa Cuellar at five, Erica Southard at four, Laura Kelleher at three, Amber Buntin at two and Angela Bruno at bow.

While the varsity travels to the Knecht Cup, the Aggies second varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight and varsity four will travel to the Lexington Cup, hosted by Santa Clara at the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos. UC Davis second varsity and novice eight crews were also victorious last weekend over their Sacramento State rivals.

Rowing in the second varsity eight will be Tara Davis at coxswain, Liz Russo at stroke, Lucci Lautze at seven, Heidi Okowitz at six, Darcy Ward at five, Delaney Chapman at four, Alicia Foley at three, Reva Birnbaum at two and Brooke Thomas at bow.

The Aggies first novice eight will consist of Krista Rindell at coxswain, Castiel Shepp at stroke, Alicia Foley at seven, Delaney Chapman at six, Claire Swanback at five, Amanda Schoeneman at four, Ashley Lugo at three, Elizabeth Bache at two and Jessie Adams-Shore at bow.

Rowing in the second novice eight are Angeliki Bundros at coxswain, Susan Crow at stroke, Susan Novik at seven, Megan Feeney at six, Elisabeth Rihn at five, Garen Garza at four, Early Elias at three, Bethany Rogowski at two and Caroline Shipley at bow.

The varsity four will have Davis at coxswain, Russo at stroke, Sarah Schulze at three, Okowitz at two and Lautze at bow.

Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Sonoma State are also participating at the Lexington Cup.