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Crew Rows to Wins in Fall Events

Nov. 6, 2007

Los Angeles, CA - LMU's crew season got off to a winning start over the weekend as the Lion boats won all four of their entries at Saturday's Head of the Marina race in Marina del Rey. LMU also sent four boats to the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Sunday, turning in a pair of sixth place finishes against top collegiate competition.

The Head of the Marina saw the Lions enter participants in the Men's Novice 8, Women's Novice 8, Women's Varsity 4, and Women's Open 1X. In the Men's Novice 8, Kyle Hutchison, Garret Harmola, James Clinton, Kyle Wike, Chris Vaughn, Trevor Muretz, Mike Wither, Garret Laos, and cox Korbin Duley outpaced their competitors for the victory.

The Women's Novice 8 winning lineup featured Michelle Herrerias, Sydney Swanson, Bailey Heuer, Anna Loesby, Meagan Healy, Jacque Yang, Lauren Ruebsamen, Tiffany Martinez, and cox Claire Ramirez.

The Women's Varsity 4 lineup had Amaya Lathrop (cox), Becky Nolan, Molly Stewart, Sam Cloonan, and Kathleen Foster. Senior Jill Austin also won her category, taking the Women's Open 1X.

For complete Head of the Marina race results, click here.

On Sunday at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, both the men's and women's Varsity 8 boats placed sixth among the best collegiate teams on the west coast. The Women's Varsity 8 "A", featuring Alli Mitrovich, Alexa Aftias, Sydney Johnson, Marni Hietbrink, Kathryn Holzberger, Brittany Teleng, Adrienne Lindstrom, Jill Austin and cox Jenn Guess finished sixth in the Women's Open 8 in a time of 17:23, trailing only the "A" and "B" teams from UCLA and Stanford and the entry from UC Davis. The LMU "B" squad placed ninth in the 21-boat race, beating many schools' "A" team.

The Men's Varsity 8 also turned in a sixth-place finish in a field of 28, outpacing boats from Santa Clara and San Diego. Dave Cronin, Scott Wike, Jordan Perez, Mark Stellner, Mike Wither, Landon Storaasli, Dominic Leone, Miles Dobbyn, and cox Whitney Powell completed the course in 15:39.

In a highly-competitive Men's Varsity 4 field, LMU placed a respectable 11th out of 23, beating the likes of UC Davis "A", Long Beach State "A", Santa Clara, and San Diego. The Lion boat featured Nick Llamos, Hamilton Hiatt, Ryan Daniels, Patrick Callan, and John Landwehr.

For complete Newport Autumn Rowing Festival race results, click here.

The weekend events concluded LMU's fall schedule. The Lions begin the traditional spring season, over the standard race distance of 2000 meters, on Sunday, March 2 when they return to Newport Beach to race UC Irvine and San Diego State.