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Lions Take Second at WCCs

April 27, 2007

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The balance of the LMU crew team helped the Lions finish in a three-way tie for second place at the WCC Championships this afternoon at Lake Natoma. The Lions' varsity and 2nd varsity 8 boats placed third, while the varsity 4 boat finished fourth, but it was enough to help the Lions accumulate 17 points and tie with Saint Mary's and Santa Clara for second place. Gonzaga won the overall title with 30 points. Courtney Cox and Marni Hietbrink were named to the All-WCC team.

The day started slowly, as the Lions finished fourth in the varsity 4 race. Gonzaga easily won with a time of 7:46.2 to earn five points towards their total. The race for second place was tight, with San Diego (8:05.4) edging Santa Clara (8:07.5) by two seconds. LMU finished fourth in a time of 8:15.3, while Saint Mary's finished fifth with a time of 8:32.1.

Members of the varsity 4 boat were coxswain Amy Guion, Stephanie Speer, Jen Topor, Adrienne Lindstrom, and Brooke LeJeune.

The 2nd varsity 8 race was the second of the day. Again, the Bulldogs finished first with a time of 6:56.5 to earn 10 points. The real battle in the race was in the next four spots. Santa Clara finished second with a time of 7:16.2, and the Lions edged Saint Mary's by less than one second to finish third with a time of 7:21.8. The Gaels were fourth at 7:22.4, and San Diego was close behind at 7:23.6.

LMU's 2nd varsity 8 consisted of coxswain Candice Matheny, Jill Austin, Talya Courtney, Kathryn Maloney, Lizz Baxter, Jen Glassman, Courtney Bannerman, Melanie Tansuwan, and Larissa Meltz.

The final race of the day, the varsity 8, again went to Gonzaga. The Bulldogs finished with a time of 6:43.3 to finish with a perfect 30 points on the day and win their 10th WCC title.

The final race results helped Saint Mary's and LMU pull into a tie for second place. The Gaels placed second in the race with a time of 6:56.0, while the Lions finished third with a time of 6:59.2. Santa Clara was in second place heading into the final race, but finished fourth in the varsity 8 with a time of 7:04.8. San Diego rounded out the results, placing fifth with a time of 7:09.0.

Rowing in the varsity 8 boat for LMU were coxswain Jennifer Guess, Marni Hietbrink, Alexa Aftias, Courtney Cox, Molly Stewart, Kathryn Holzberger, Alli Mitrovich, Sydney Johnson, and Becky Nolan.

Hietbrink and Cox earned All-WCC honors following the race.

LMU, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara all finished the day with 17 points to earn a tie for second place. Despite not placing higher than third in any single race, the balance of LMU's crew team helped the Lions accumulate the points. Although SMC placed second in the varsity 8, its varsity 4 boat placed fifth, and its 2nd varsity 8 boat was 4th.

All four boats will be back in action tomorrow at the WIRA Championships at Lake Natoma. The varsity 8 boat will get another chance to beat Saint Mary's and Gonzaga, as LMU, SMC and Gonzaga are all in the same heat. The varsity 4 is also in the same heat as Santa Clara tomorrow, so the Lions will get another chance to try to down the Broncos.

Complete Results:
1. Gonzaga, 6:43.3, 15 points
2. Saint Mary's, 6:56.0, 12 points
3. Loyola Marymount, 6:59.2, 9 points
4. Santa Clara, 7:04.8, 6 points
5. San Diego, 7:09.0, 3 points

1. Gonzaga, 6:56.5, 10 points
2. Santa Clara, 7:16.2, 8 points
3. Loyola Marymount, 7:21.8, 6 points
4. Saint Mary's, 7:22.4, 4 points
5. San Diego, 7:23.6, 2 points

1. Gonzaga, 7:46.2, 5 points
2. San Diego, 8:05.4, 4 points
3. Santa Clara, 8:07.5, 3 points
4. Loyola Marymount, 8:15.3, 2 points
5. Saint Mary's, 8:23.1, 1 point

Final Standings
1. Gonzaga - 30
2. LMU - 17
Saint Mary's -17
Santa Clara - 17
5. San Diego - 9

2007 WCC All-Conference Rowing Team

Nicole Aadland-Lewis, Gonzaga
Lindsey Anderson, Saint Mary's
Courtney Cox, Loyola Marymount
Katie Fahrer, Santa Clara
Jacquelyn Harris, San Diego
Marni Hietbrink, Loyola Marymount
Hanna McClintock, Gonzaga
Kelly Steinhauf, Gonzaga
Sierra Timmer, Saint Mary's
Ashley Tomberlin, Santa Clara
Coxswain: Kate Shalvoy, Saint Mary's

Coach of the Year: Glenn Putyrae, Gonzaga