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Zags Capture Fawley Cup Title

March 24, 2007

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -   The Gonzaga University women's rowing program made history Saturday by winning only its second-ever Fawley Cup against Washington State University at Silver Lake in Medical Lake, Wash. GU won five out of the seven races on the day, including a two-seat victory in the Varsity 8+ race. The Bulldogs Varsity 8+ defeated the Cougars in a time of 6:31.94; their fastest finish in school history. WSU, who were rated No. 8 in the latest preseason rowing poll, finished in a time of 6:32.90.


The Novice 8+ race, which began the day, saw Gonzaga earn the 2,000-meter victory in a time of 6:46.76; nearly 24 seconds ahead of the Cougars. Washington State was timed at 7:09.46 


The Bulldogs also won the 3rd Varsity 8+ and both the Varsity 4+ and Novice 4+. Gonzaga finished the 3rd Varsity 8+ in a time of 7:05.47, while winning the Varsity 4+ in a time of 7:38.37 and the Novice 4+ with a time of 7:49.10.


The Cougars lone victories of the day were the Junior Varsity 8+ and the 2nd/3rd Novice 8+ with times of 6:44.77 in the Junior Varsity 8+ and a 7:29.20 in the 2nd/3rd Varsity 8+.


This is the 16th year of the Fawley Cup as it started in 1991. Gonzaga's only other victory came 10 years ago in 1997.


The Bulldogs will return to action next Saturday when they participate in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Invitation in Vancouver, Wash.


Fawley Cup
Gonzaga vs. Washington State
Medical Lake
, WA ( Silver Lake )

2,000 meters
Rain, tail wind 4 mph early, 7 mph late races, moderate chop, 54 degrees


Varsity 8+
Gonzaga - 6:31.94
Washington St - 6:32.90

Junior Varsity 8+
Washington St - 6:44.77
Gonzaga - 6:56.92

3rd Varsity 8+
Gonzaga - 7:05.47
Washington St - 7:16.75

Varsity 4+

Gonzaga - A - 7:38.37
Gonzaga - B - 7:44.47

Washington St - A - 7:45.00
Washington St - B- 7:58.49

Novice 8+ A
Gonzaga - 6:46.76
Washington St - 7:09.46

2nd/3rd Novice 8+
Washington St
- B - 7:29.20
Gonzaga - 7:45.61
Washington St - A - 7:47.69

Novice 4+
Gonzaga - 7:49.10
Washington St - 8:19.08

Gonzaga Lineups

Varsity 8+

Mimi Refuerzo, Nicole Aadland-Lewis, Whitney Engle, Kelly Steinhaus, Jessica Kocarnik, Cory Nelson, Hanna McClintock, Katie Atkins, Kelsey Koenig


Junior Varsity 8+

Joan Aubry, Whitney Patrick, Sierra Tittle, Teagan Towhey, Heather Jewell, Maria Fussell, Julie Smetana, Alexis Curtright, Patti Battles


3rd Varsity 8+

Kris Lund, Jennifer Pierce, Tricia Ault, Sara Amatuzio, Stephanie Murphy, Meaghan Davison, Sophie Bluhm, Martha Buttry, Elizabeth Phelps


Novice 8+

Sarah Rotar, Chelsie Eddings, Alissa Stempson, Sara Hickman, Kari Sulenes, Katherine Krueger

Liz Moore, Sam Cekovic, Rachel Ross


2nd Novice 8+

Maureen Wieser, Lauren Miller, Lana Bowie, Rosalyn Radakovich, Kathryn Molitor, Meaghan Davison, Emily Engel, Lydia Morrow, Sophie Bluhm


Varsity 4+-A

Mimi Refuerzo, Kelly Steinhaus, Whitney Engle, Katie Atkins, Kelsey Koenig


Varsity 4+-B

Kris Lund, Whitney Patrick, Sierra Tittle, Teagan Towhey

Julie Smetana


Novice 4+

Kelly D'Amour, Katherine Krueger, Alissa Stempson, Sara Hickman, Kari Sulenes