March 3, 2007
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. - The LMU crew team kicked off the 2007 campaign by hosting San Diego State and UC Irvine on the home waters of Ballona Creek, in Marina del Rey for the annual Parker Cup. The Aztecs of SDSU proved to be the class of the field on the women's side while the Lions men's varsity eight rowed to victory, keeping the Parker Cup at the Jane Browne Bove Boathouse.
Racing was completed under sunny skies, a slight wind chop on the water, and into a moderate headwind.
In winning the Parker Cup, LMU has brought it home two years in a row now for the first time in the 26-year history of the contest. The men's varsity 8 boat took a lead in the first minute of the race and never looked back. They were able to sustain a solid pace, despite a firm headwind, and come away with an open water victory over UC Irvine and San Diego State University.
"I am thrilled to see the varsity start the year off with a victory," said second year varsity men's coach Brooks Jones. "UCI and SDSU are solid programs with good coaches, so to get a win over them is great for my guys."
The morning started with the women's varsity 4. SDSU set the tone as they bested LMU 8:01 to 8:17. The Aztecs 2nd varsity 8 followed suit, racing to the 7:24 win over the LMU crew at 7:53. UC Irvine did not field boats for these events.
The women's novice 4 saw SDSU get up early and stay ahead of the boat from UC Irvine. Times were 8:26 and 8:49, respectively.
In the closest of the women's races, the SDSU varsity 8 crossed the line first, ahead of LMU and UCI. LMU lead early and the crews overlapped much of the course, but the Aztecs proved to be the stronger finishing crew, going 7:08 to LMU's 7:13 and UCI's 7:36.
In other men's action LMU entered 2nd Varsity 8 and Novice 8 boats. Both of those races proved to be very exciting and the results had to be reviewed on video by the coaches. The 2nd varsity boat lost to UCI by less than a tenth of a second while the novice 8 ended up finishing in a dead heat, tying for second with SDSU, behind the winners from UCI. In the men's novice 4 SDSU bested UCI by just over 10 seconds.
In the women's novice 8 all schools participated, with SDSU completing the women's side sweep. (The novice category is restricted to those athletes in their first year of collegiate racing.) San Diego State lead from flag to flag, going 7:25. UCI came second in 7:50 while LMU crossed third in 8:12.
The Lions return to action next Saturday, March 10, when they take on UCLA at Ballona Creek. Races will run from 8:30 to 10:00AM.
- GO LIONS! -