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Austin, Storaasli Grab Medals

Jan. 27, 2008

Long Beach - Seniors Jill Austin and Landon Storaasli continued their personal success at the Beach Sprints, held Saturday at the Pete Archer Boathouse in Long Beach. Austin won her third consecutive gold while Storaasli medaled for the third straight year.

Competing as an independent rower in the collegiate lightweight women category, Austin finished the 2000m course on her rowing machine in 7:20.0 to clinch the gold medal for the third year running. Her time was 20 seconds faster than that of her closest competitor. In doing so, she qualified for the World Indoor Erging Championships in Boston on February 24. This is the same event that former Lion Warren Anderson '06 won that same year.

After claiming gold in the last two years in the collegiate lightweight men category, Storaasli had to settle for silver this time around. His time of 6:38.0 trailed only that of UCLA's Alexander Blaseio, who was less than a second faster at 6:37.2. The Lions also had three more rowers in the lightweight top-10 as Michael Wither (6:49.5) and Miles Dobbyn (6:50.4) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, and Dominic Leon was 10th in 6:57.8.

"I am proud of Landon's success in this year's event and his improved times in each year that he has competed," Head Men's Varsity Coach Brooks Jones said.

David Cronin turned in the only other top-10 performance on the day, placing sixth in the collegiate men event.

The outdoor season gets underway March 2 at the Parker Cup in Newport Beach.