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Zags Capture Erickson Cascade Cup

May 5, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - Participating in the Opening Day Regatta, hosted by the University of Washington on Saturday, Gonzaga University women's rowing was victorious in all three races it was entered in. The Bulldogs won the Erickson Cascade Cup and the Open 8+ and Novice 8+ races.

Gonzaga's Varsity 8+, rowing in the Junior Varsity 8+ Erickson Cascade Cup, shocked the host Huskies with a one-second, three-seat victory. The Bulldogs, who defeated UW's Junior Varsity 8+ for the first time, finished the race in a time of 6:56.61. The Husky boat crossed the finish line a split second later in 6:57.70. Western Washington University closed out the race in third with a time of 7:07.83.

The Zags Varsity 8+ boat consisted of Joan Aubry, Kelly Steinhaus, Jessica Kocarnik, Cory Nelson, Hanna McClintock, Katie Atkins, Kelsey Koenig, Nicole Aadland-Lewis and Whitney Engle.

In the Bulldogs first race of the day, Gonzaga earned a 13-second victory in the Open 8+. GU finished the race in 6:59.33, while UW's fourth varsity placed second with a time of 7:12.50. Rounding out the race was Western Washington (7:22.16) and Washington's second novice (7:44.91), who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Members of the GU Open 8+ boat were Kris Lund, Whitney Patrick, Sierra Tittle, Teagan Towhey, Stephanie Murphy, Julie Smetana, Jana Holcombe, Sophie Bluhm and Heather Jewell.

The Novice 8+ was a close race throughout. The Bulldogs were able to overcome the Huskies later surge over the final 500 meters to earn the victory. Gonzaga clocked in with a time of 6:57.59, three seconds faster than Washington who took second with a time of 7:00.42.

The Bulldog Novice 8+ boat was comprised of Sarah Rotar, Chelsie Eddings, Alissa Stempson, Sara Hickman, Kari Sulenes, Katherine Krueger, Liz Moore, Sam Cekovic and Rachel Ross.

Gonzaga will be back in action next Sunday, May 13 when it participates in the Pacific-10 Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Windermere Cup Regatta
Montlake Cut/Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
2,000 meters

Open 8+
1. Gonzaga, 6:59.33
2. Washington Fourth Varsity, 7:12.50
3. Western Washington, 7:22.16
4. Washington Second Novice, 7:44.91

Novice 8+
1. Gonzaga, 6:57.59
2. Washington, 7:00.42

Erickson Cascade Cup
1. Gonzaga, 6:56.61

2. Washington Junior Varsity, 6:57.70
3. Western Washington, 7:07.83