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Women's Rowing Wins Gold At Head of American

Oct. 28, 2007

Gold River, CA - At the Head of the American Regatta, the Saint Mary's women's rowing team entered four boats. The lightweight four earned a gold medal, the varsity eight posted a eighth place finish, the varsity four posted a 13th place finish, and the novice eight completed their race in 10th place.

SMC's highlight at the Head of the American was the gold medal won by the lightweight four. In a three-boat race, the SMC team completed the race in a time of 20:30, finished 41 seconds ahead of Santa Clara and two minutes ahead of third place Pacific. The first place finish is the first of the 2007-08 season for the Saint Mary's rowing team.

In the varsity eight race, Saint Mary's pulled a time of 18:41 and finished eighth in the 18-boat race. In the varsity eight race, three teams from the West Coast Conference were entered. Gonzaga finished third with a time of 17:52, while Santa Clara finished 13th with a time of 20:38.

In a field that included 17 boats, the varsity four boat posted a 13th place finish, crossing the line of the 2,000-meter race in a time of 21:28. The final boat that competed for the Gaels was a novice eight, which posted a 10th place finish out of 15 entries in the race. The novice eight boat completed the race in a time of 23:28.

Varsity Eight Line-up: Marrah Galvin coxswain, stroke Sierra Timmer, Jennifer Tyndall, Jordan Bonadilo, Johanna Timmer, Jackie Lindo, Sandra Pichelli, Laura Kocourek, and Linzey Simonson.

Lightweight Four Line-up:Molly Chow coxswain, stroke Kyla Tom, Ariele Elia, Tiffany Warner, Jennifer Morrison

Varsity Four Line-up: Kate Shalvoy coxswain, Kristine Myhre, Jamie Sullivan, Miranda Ripoli, Kate Marrocco

Novice Eight Line-up:Molly Chow coxswain, Kendra Brassfield, Kat Yvon, Elyssa Roselle, Marlena Friffin, Michelle Burns, Jessica Trautner, Valerie Vermazen, and Mari Novoa

Head of the AmericanSaint Mary's Results Only

Varsity EightCalifornia-Gold 17:40California-Blue 17:50Gonzaga 17:52Stanford 18:09UC Davis-A 18:17Sacramento St.-A 18:41UCLA 18:20Saint Mary's 18:41Long Beach State 19:01Sacramento St.-B 19:01Stanford Lights 19:25UC Davis-B 19:37Santa Clara 20:38Sonoma St. 20:56Mills College 21:04UC Irvine 21:06Pacific 22:26UCLA Disqualified

Lightweight FourSaint Mary's 20:30Santa Clara 21:11Pacific 22:30

Varsity FourUSC-A 18:56USC-B 19:09Stanford 19:32USC-C 19:53USC-D 19:58California-Blue A 20:16UCLA-A 20:19California-Gold A 20:20Stanford 20:28UC Davis 20:33California-Gold B 20:39California-Blue B 20:39Saint Mary's 21:28USC-E 21:42Sacramento St. 21:43Cal Maritime 21:55UC Irvine 22:04

Novice EightUSC-A 19:05Stanford 19:26California-Blue 19:42California-Gold 20:10USC-B 21:06Sacramento St. 21:08Sonoma St. 22:22Cal Lights-A 22:41Long Beach St.-A 23:25Saint Mary's 23:38Cal Lights-B 23:56Long Beach St.-B 24:05Mills College 24:34