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Women's Rowing Posts Fastest Time of the WCC

March 19, 2006

SACRAMENT, Calif. - The USD Women's Rowing Team spent their spring break up in Sacramento doing an intensive one week training camp this year.  Most days, the athletes had three training sessions including water workouts, erg and strength work, and sport psychology training.  "The camp was excellent," commented second-year Head Coach, Joan O'Hara.  "The athletes went into it with the right mentality: they knew this would be a very grueling week, but they also knew how important this transitional training (from endurance work to racing mode) would be.  They fully took advantage of this opportunity to focus on nothing but rowing for a week."


The week of training concluded with the WCC Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.  This was the Toreros' first look at the WCC teams against whom they will compete for the WCC Championship title at the end of April.  "I knew we had good speed, based on time trials we did on the water at the end of the week," noted Coach O'Hara.  "So my challenge to the athletes was to be able to perform at the same level, and show the same speed, within the context of competition.  It's one thing to show speed in practice.  It's another to be able to replicate it when the pressure is on." 


But replicate it they did.  The Toreros posted the fastest time of the regatta: 6:40.2, beating Gonzaga, LMU, St. Mary's and Santa Clara 's best times by a minimum of 5 seconds.  "I am thrilled to be moving at this speed so early," said Coach O'Hara.  "To go 6:40 was our goal for the end of the season, and we are just getting started!  We have only just begun to train at racing speeds, so I expect we will be going in the mid-6:30s or better by the time the WCC Championship comes around.  And the bonus is, if we continue to improve, there's a chance USD may end up ranked in the NCAA top 20 for the first time ever this year.  Very exciting stuff!"


"It was great to see the girls I rowed with cross the finish line ahead of Gonzaga!" said Torero athlete-turned-Torero coach, Angela Chiarenza ('05).  "All the years I was rowing at USD we were always been trying to beat them.  So to see such a decisive win was awesome!" 


The Women's Rowing Team's next race will be the Berg Cup in Newport Beach on Saturday, March 25th.  The Toreros will be looking to defend their title from 2005 against Orange Coast College, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and Long Beach State .


For full results from the WCC Challenge, please link to Row2k.com