UC Davis Looks For Gold At WIRA Championships

UC Davis will compete this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. <br> (Mike Robles)
UC Davis will compete this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
(Mike Robles)

April 30, 2010

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - UC Davis, which captured the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association women's team title in 2008, returns to Lake Natoma this weekend looking to capture gold medals and make a run at another championship.

The regatta, which welcomes 33 teams from throughout the west region, serves as the conference championship for the Aggies who will enter varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight and varsity four boats. UC Davis, which earlier this season received a vote in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll, will be trying to regain the team title which is determined by finishes in the meet's grand finals.

The Aggies advanced five boats to grand finals last year and were third in the overall team standings with 347 points, barely behind runner-up Gonzaga which had 352. The second novice eight won a gold medal with its five-second victory in its final, highlighting UC Davis' meet. Sacramento State, which had its two-year hold on the team title snapped by the Aggies two seasons ago, is defending team champion.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday with races scheduled every approximately 10 minutes until a break for lunch. The afternoon's schedule begins at 1:30 p.m. and runs until close to 5. Several grand finals in both men's and women's events highlight Sunday's racing which starts at 8 a.m.

The Aggies' varsity eight is seeded third in the Div. I/open event and enters the weekend having won four straight races including its most recent against San Diego State two weeks ago. UC Davis has finished first in six of its seven races this spring. It'll be in Saturday's second preliminary heat at 10:30 a.m., going up against the University of San Diego, Puget Sound and LMU.

The top three finishers will advance to Sunday's grand final, scheduled for 11:50 a.m.

The Aggies' novice eight will open its racing at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, competing in the first of three heats. UC Davis will battle with Gonzaga, Orange Coast College, Long Beach State and Colorado with the top two advancing to Sunday morning's grand final at 9:50.

The Aggies' remaining three boats will automatically advance to grand finals on Sunday. The varsity four will be in lane 3 at 8:10 a.m., the second novice eight will be in lane 1 at 9:10 and the second varsity eight will race from lane 5 at 10:30.

UC Davis lineups

Varsity Eight - Lia D'Angelo (coxswain), 8. Brittani De Riemer, 7. Danielle Long, 6. Autumn Huey, 5. Darcy Ward, 4. Paige Kendall, 3. Christine Bernatz, 2. Becca Lindquist, 1. Emily Roberts.

Second Varsity Eight - Valentina Ferrari (coxswain), 8. Haleigh King, 7. Hannah Owens, 6. Elieke Demmer, 5. Tara Trakin, 4. Maggie Burke, 3. Brittney O'Brien, 2. Brooke O'Brien, 1. Lily Dickson.

Varsity Four - Angeliki Bundros (coxswain), 4. Garen Garza, 3. Bianca Sievers, 2. Danika Reddick, 1. Robyn Bryson.

Novice Eight - 1. Jessica Kepes (coxswain), 8. Rachel Morowitz, 7. Casey Olson, 6. Jessica Cvetko, 5. Caryn Covella, 4. Marissa Clark, 3. Alison Tarke, 2. Vivienne Hazzard, 1. Melanie LaCava.

Second Novice Eight - Melissa Maduell (coxswain), 8. Anais Flynn, 7. Geneva Azevedo, 6. Shannon Bird, 5. Ashley Lasher, 4. Jenn Sheldon, 3. Catherine Woodward, 2. Jayne Aclan, 1. Liz Bradley.