Championship Rowers Honored By California Senate

UC Davis rowers captured the inaugural NCAA Division II Championship
 
UC Davis rowers captured the inaugural NCAA Division II Championship
 

Aug. 23, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

Aug. 23, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis women rowers and gymnasts were honored Friday by Senator Maurice Johannessen (R-Redding) on the floor of the California State Senate, extolling their accomplishments in national competition.

UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, women's rowing coaches Emily Plesser and Carissa Adams, and women's gymnastics coaches Ray Goldbar, Ron Manara, and Hilde Aune accepted the Senate Resolutions for their teams from Senator Johannessen. "I am pleased to honor both of these athletic teams at UC Davis. To achieve this level of success requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication. The accomplishments of the rowers and gymnasts deserve this special recognition here on the Senate Floor today," commented the Senator.

The UC Davis Aggies Women's Rowing Team won the inaugural 2002 NCAA Division II Women's Rowing Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 2 this year. UC Davis won the title after claiming individual event championships in both the first varsity and second varsity eight races. Each team, consisting of a coxswain and eight rowers, defeated Western Washington for the title. The first-place finish in both events secured the Aggies' team title.

This is the first time the NCAA has conducted separate championships for Divisions I, II, and III. Previously, all three divisions were combined in a single competition. This is UC Davis' fourth appearance in this national championship.





I am pleased to honor both of these athletic teams at UC Davis. To achieve this level of success requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication. The accomplishments of the rowers and gymnasts deserve this special recognition here on the Senate Floor today.
Senator Maurice Johannessen


The UC Davis Women's Gymnastic Team placed third in the team final of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 12 this spring. Stacy Wong, Flora Bare, and Ericka Ruelas, each earned All-American honors in the individual all-around during that competition. Ericka Ruelas also captured her third straight individual title on the uneven bars, Stacy Wong shared the national title on balance beam, and Tiffany Chan won gold on floor exercise.

Gymnastics team captains Stacy Wong, Ericka Ruelas, and Brianne Bray, along with rowing team captains Sarah Wipple and Lori Cohen were also present, along with their coaches and school chancellor, to accept the California State Senate Resolution by Senator Johannessen.

"The achievements of these young women is most definitely an encouragement to other young girls. Anyone with an interest and desire in these or any other sport can accomplish great things with commitment and dedication, as demonstrated by these athletes," commented Senator Johannessen.

The NCAA Championship won by the rowing team is the first NCAA team title since the UC Davis men's basketball team won the Division II title in 1998. This is also the sixth NCAA team title overall in school history, joining men's golf, women's tennis (2), men's tennis, and men's basketball.

Press release courtesy office of Senator Maurice Johannessen (R-Redding).