April 29, 2007
Laka Natoma, CA - On the second day of the WIRA Championships from Lake Natoma, the Saint Mary's women's rowing team competed in four finals on Sunday. The highlight of the day was the varsity four taking home gold for the third year in a row. The varsity pair finished fourth overall, while the varsity eight and second varsity eight finished third in the petite final in their respective races.
SMC's day on the water began with the varsity pair of Michelle Grima and Sandra Pichelli competing in the grand final. Grima and Pichelli finished the 2,000-meter race in a time of 8:40.7 to bring home a fourth place finish overall. Grima and Pichelli finished 31 seconds off the pace of the Long Beach State crew, which crossed the line 1.1 seconds ahead of San Diego. Sacramento State finished third with a time of 8:26.7.
Saint Mary's brought home gold in its next race, as the varsity four out-raced San Diego to the finish line for a four-second win over the Toreros. The varsity four boat of coxswain Kate Shalvoy, and rowers Lindsey Anderson, Sierra Timmer, Johanna Timmer, and Jennifer Tyndall completed the 2K race in a time of 7:43.6, taking first place out of 18 entries. The varsity four gold medal marked the third straight for SMC at the WIRA Championships, as well as the third in as many years for senior Lindsey Anderson.
Following the two grand final showings, SMC's two varsity eight boats competed in Sunday's petite finals. The first on the water was the second varsity eight, which finished the race in a time of 7:42.9. The third place finish in the petite final placed SMC's second varsity eight in ninth place overall out of 15 entries. The second varsity eight was crewed by coxswain Amber Oosman, stroke Kyla Tom, Jennifer Morrison, Sunsie Haro, Alexia Kilby, Kristine Myhre, Amy Romero, Linzey Simonson, and Ariele Elia. Saint Mary's finished 19 seconds of the pace of San Diego (7:23.3) and six seconds behind Santa Clara (7:36.6).
SMC's final race of the WIRA Championships was the varsity eight, which had six rowers of the eight the competed in the varsity pair and varsity four races earlier in the day. The varsity eight of Coxswain Kate Shalvoy, Lindsey Anderson, Michelle Grima, Johanna Timmer, Lexi Billo, Jennifer Tyndall, Sierra Timmer, Sandra Pichelli, and Ally Oldfield posted a time of 7:10.3 to finish third in the petite final. The third place finish ninth overall out of 12 entries.
The women's rowing team will continue its 2007 schedule at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and the Pac-10 Championships on May 12-13 at Lake Natoma.
Complete Saint Mary's WIRA Championship Results
April 29, 2007
Women's Varsity Pair - Grand FinalLong Beach State 8:09.0San Diego 8:10.1Sacramento State 8:26.3Saint Mary's 8:40.7Loyola Marymount 8:46.6Pacific Lutheran 8:57.6
Women's Varsity Four - Grand Final Saint Mary's 7:43.6San Diego 7:47.8Orange Coast College 7:58.8Sacramento State 8:07.6Willamette 8:17.1UC San Diego 8:38.8
Women's Second Varsity Eight - Petite FinalSan Diego 7:42.9Santa Clara 7:36.6Saint Mary's 7:42.9Humboldt State 7:44.5Pacific Lutheran 8:00.0UC San Diego 8:08.6
Women's Varsity Eight - Petite FinalUC Santa Barbara 7:04.8Santa Clara 7:05.8Saint Mary's 7:10.3Puget Sound 7:14.1UC Irvine 7:23.3San Diego 7:23.3