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West Coast Conference Rowing Action Continues to Heat Up

April 9, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference is in its sixth week of competition this spring. All seven squads will be competing in regattas over the next couple weeks, featured by a meet between Loyola Marymount and San Diego on Saturday, April 20. In addition, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara will spend the weekend of April 20-21 at the NorCal/SoCal showdown, which takes place at Redwood Shores, Calif.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • Four West Coast Conference teams competed in the San Diego Crew Classic. San Diego's Varsity 8 finished in second in the Cal Cup grand final. The Toreros strung together a time of 6:47.09, which came in just behind Miami's winning time of 6:43.30. San Diego finished in fourth place in the Cal Cup event at last season's Crew Classic and won it in 2010.

  • Loyola Marymount placed fourth overall in the Cal Cup grand final with a time of 6:56.51. The appearance in the Varsity 8 was the first for the Lions since they won the Cal Cup title in 2004.

  • Saint Mary's had a busy couple weeks, competing in the Pac-12 Challenge, the NCRC Invitational and the San Diego Crew Classic. The Gaels dropped the Varsity 8 and second Varsity 8 races to Stanford in the Pac-12 Challenge but picked up a victory in the Novice 4. At the San Diego Crew Classic, the Gaels qualified for the grand final for the first time since 2009 after edging Sacramento State to finish third in their heat. In the Cal Cup grand final, the Gaels crossed the line in 7:02.71 for a sixth place finish.

  • Creighton earned victories in three of eight races to finish first in the Upper Midwest Collegiate Sprints. Competing against teams representing Nebraska, Saint Louis, Wichita State, Drake, Kansas and St. Thomas, the Jays claimed the overall team crown with a combined 155 points.

  • Portland's Varsity 8 squad overcame windy conditions and the Western Washington Vikings, who are currently the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II, to finish first at the Husky Open with a time of 5:21.7 (1,500 m).