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Lightweights Victorious at Long Beach Regatta

March 20, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The women's lightweight 8 boat won two races to highlight LMU's performance at the Long Beach Spring Regatta. The lightweights defeated Cal State Long Beach and UC San Diego in a 2k race, and then defeated the 49ers again in a 1000 meter race later in the day.

The lightweight boat included coxswain Amy Guion, Kathryn Maloney, Talya Courtney, Jill Austin, Liz Baxter, Jen Glassman, Larissa Meltz, Jen Woo and Courtney Bannerman. The Lions won the 2k event with a time of 7:10.4, defeating LBSU by over three seconds, and UCSD by more than 28 seconds. The boat remained undefeated on the day with a win in the 1000 meter event, edging the 49ers by a second.

The day started with the women's novice 4 where the Lions placed third. LMU's next race featured men's novice 4 boats. The LMU men's novice 8 split into two boats, with one LMU boat winning the race with a time of 7:13.2. The second LMU boat was close behind with a time of 7:16.5.

The men's varsity 8 placed second in its 2k heat, just 0.7 seconds behind San Diego to advance to the finals. The Lions finished fourth overall in the men's varsity 8.

The women's varsity and JV 8 boats competed in the women's open 8 2k race, with the varsity boat finishing second, and the JV8 coming in third.

"It was good to see both boats do some things that we've been working on in practice over the last few weeks," said head coach Patrick Kelly.

In 1000 meter action, the men's varsity and novice 8 boats competed in the men's open 8. The Lions were able to get a little revenge on Long Beach State, with the varsity 8 downing the 49ers by nearly 15 seconds. The novice 8 defeated Cal Maritime by nearly five seconds.

The women's varsity and JV8 boats competed in the women's open 8 1000 meter race, and the varsity 8 earned the victory. The JV boat placed third.

The women's novice 4 placed fourth in the women's open 4 race.

The LMU women return to action next Saturday against USC at the Port of LA. It will be the final tuneup before the San Diego Crew Classic on March 31-April 1.