May 12, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The LMU crew team sent four boats to the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. and came back with four medals. Jill Austin won two medals, winning the women's single and helping the women's lightweight 8 take silver. Scott Wike and David Cronin earned their second gold medal this season in the men's pair. The men's lightweight 4 picked up a silver medal to round out the Lion entries.
For Cronin and Wike, it was another gold. The pair stood atop the victory stand at the WIRA Championships on April 29th. It was a decisive victory, topping Sacramento State by over 17 seconds.
Austin also added to her medal count in 2007. At the WIRAs, she led the lightweight 8 and the lightweight 4 to a pair of gold medals. Today, she won gold by herself with an impressive victory in the women's single. Finishing with a time of 8:58.5, the next competitor came in with a time of 10:18.7.
Austin also helped lead the #9 women's lightweight 8 to a silver medal. Facing #3 Stanford for the second time this season, the Cardinal picked up their second win. This race was the final tuneup before the Lions head to the IRA Regatta in Cherry Hill, NJ on June 1-2.
"We've been training really hard for the IRA and it was good to be able to go down the course and execute some of what we have been doing in practice all week. As long as we keep building over the next two weeks I expect our girls to do very well," said lightweight coach Sara-Mai Conway.
Competing for the first time, the men's lightweight four earned a silver medal in a field with five entries. The Lions defeated Sonoma State, Washington State and California but fell to Sacramento State.
"I was very happy with both of my boats this weekend. They really raced well into a tough headwind. The lightweight four did exceptionally well for only rowing together about 8 times all year," said men's coach Brooks Jones.
The men's crew team has finished its season on a high note. The women's lightweight eight is the only boat still in training, preparing for the IRA Regatta.
The PCRC's are open to all schools and clubs in the West Region, which includes any rowing institution located in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Arizona. A total of 17 schools were represented at the regatta today which offers individual championships in every collegiate rowing category not offered in tomorrow's Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
Men's Pair Final
1st - LMU 7:50.5
2nd - Sac St. 8:07.7
3rd - UC Davis 8:19.7
4th - Sonoma St. 8:29.6
5th - Washington St. 9:03.0
6th - Washington St. (b) 10:03.4
7th - Sac St. Alumni 11:13.9
Women's Collegiate Single Final
1st - LMU 8:58.5
2nd - San Diego Rowing Club 10:18.7
3rd - Sac St. 10:27.7
4th - UC San Diego 11:01.7
5th - Sonoma State 13:11.2
Men's Collegiate lightweight Four Final
1st - Sac St. 7:09.5
2nd - LMU 7:16.1
3rd - Sonoma St. 7:20.6
4th - Washington St. 7:25.1
5th - UC Berkeley 7:32.7
Women's Collegiate lightweight Eight Final
1st - Stanford 7:21.2
2nd - LMU 7:49.2
- GO LIONS! -