April 15, 2007
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Gonzaga University women's crew team continued its successful spring season this Saturday on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Competing in the weather-shortened Knecht Cup, the Bulldogs won gold in both the varsity eight and varsity four races.
In the varsity eight race, Gonzaga reached the grand final, which was the regatta's last event, with strong performances in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds. The Zags won their preliminary heat with a time of 6:56.7, only bested in that round by the University of Rhode Island (6:50.6), Boston College (6:54.6) and Southern Methodist (6:54.6). In the semifinals, Gonzaga continued its strong rowing by winning its heat in a time of 6:44.4, the fastest time of all three semifinals, to earn a spot in the grand final. The Bulldogs took the grand final victory in a time of 6:48.3, nearly six second ahead of Rhode Island (6:54.2) who placed second.
In the varsity four race, Gonzaga won the grand final in a time of 7:42.5. Lafayette placed second in a time of 7:45.4, while Penn State rounded out the top three with a 7:46.7 finish.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Friday, April 27 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. where in looks to win its tenth West Coast Conference Championship in 11 years.