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WCC Women's Rowing Notes

April 16, 2010


2010 PRESEASON POLL
Gonzaga University edged the University of San Diego in the 2010 WCC Rowing Preseason Coaches poll. The Bulldogs collected three first place votes to tally 15 overall points, edging the Toreros, who picked up two first place votes and earned 14 points. Loyola Marymount University was picked third with nine points, followed by Saint Mary's College with eight points and Santa Clara University with four points.

Gonzaga, which has won 12 of the 13 WCC Championships, also landed three rowers on the preseason all-conference team in seniors Liz Moore and Alissa Stempson, and junior Samantha Cekovic. San Diego earned two rowers on the preseason all-conference team in seniors Katharine Petrich and Christine Holloway, while Loyola Marymount (Michelle Herrerias), Saint Mary's (Jordan Bonadio), and Santa Clara (Gabby Alexander) each landed one rower on the preseason all-conference squad.

Gonzaga captured last year's WCC Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., winning the II Eight and the I Eight races. The Zags tallied 29 points to edge San Diego, which finished second with 25 points. The Toreros started the day by winning the I Four heat. LMU finished third with 14 points, followed by Saint Mary's with 13 points and Santa Clara with eight points.

2010 WCC Rowing Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga - 15 (3)
San Diego - 14 (2)
Loyola Marymount - 9
Saint Mary's - 8
Santa Clara - 4
(First place votes)

2010 WCC Rowing Preseason All-Conference Team
Gabby Alexander, SCU
Samantha Cekovic, GON
Jordan Bonadio, SMC
Michelle Herrerias, LMU
Christine Holloway, USD
Liz Moore, GON
Katharine Petrich, USD
Alissa Stempson, GON

UPCOMING RACES

All Times PST

APRIL 16
RACE TEAMS
LOCATION
UCLA-Oregon State Dual Meet San Diego Eugene, OR
APRIL 17
RACE TEAMS
LOCATION
Dash Water Dash Santa Clara Stockton, CA
APRIL 17-18
RACE TEAMS
LOCATION
NorCal SoCal Showdown Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's Sacramento, CA
APRIL 24
RACE TEAMS
LOCATION
Western Washington-Washington State Dual Meet Gonzaga Silver Lake, WA

WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES


  • The Gonzaga women's rowing team wrapped up a successful east coast trip on April 3rd where the team compete on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y. The Zags began its two-day trip placing second in the Varsity 8+ against both No. 7 Michigan State University and the University of Buffalo.

  • The Bulldogs wrapped up the trip with impressive victories over Syracuse in the Varsity 8+ and the Second Varsity 8+. The Zags final victory of the day came in the Varsity 4+ race against Syracuse. Gonzaga claimed an impressive eight second win over the Orange at 7:41.7.

  • Earlier this season on March 20, The Zags won the marquee Varsity 8+ race over the No. 15-ranked Beavers squad in a dual, but OSU captured the Novice 8+, Junior Varsity 8+ and the Second Varsity 4+.

  • Gonzaga will have one last tune-up before competing at the WCC Championships when they host Washington State and Western Washington on April 24.
  • The varsity and novice boats led the way for LMU at the 37th annual San Diego Crew Classic on March 31st as the Lions advanced to the Petite Finals in their respective categories. The novice gained a third-place finish in the Petite Final, with the varsity placing fifth.

  • The Lions showed improvement at the San Diego Crew Classic as every LMU boat that raced twice improved its time from the first race to the second.

  • LMU rowing has been slated to finish third in the West Coast Conference, according to the 2010 preseason coaches poll. In addition, junior Michelle Herrerias was the only Lion among the eight rowers selected to the preseason all-conference team.

  • The Lions compete at the NorCal SoCal Showdown on April 17-18 before competing at the WCC Championships on April 30.

  • The Saint Mary's women's rowing team took to the water for the first race of the 2010 season at the Sacramento Invitational hosted by Sacramento State on March 13 at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, CA, site of the WCC Championships. It was a solid outing for the Gaels as all four boats placed second in their heats.

  • The Gaels varsity-8 finished with silver finishing the race with a time of 7:19.1, coming in second to Sacramento State, while finishing ahead of Sonoma State, Humboldt State, Santa Clara, Mills College and UC San Diego. The lineup for the varsity-8 boat was: coxswain Molly Chow, 8 Laura Kocourek, 7 Taylor Balian, 6 Dana Cook, 5 Jordan Bonadio, 4 Miranda Ripoli, 3 Michelle Burns, 2 Jennifer Trowers, 1 Savina Brown.

  • Saint Mary's was picked fourth in the 2010 WCC Rowing Head Coaches poll, finishing just one point behind third place Loyola Marymount. In addition, junior Jordan Bonadio was selected to the preseason all-conference team.

  • Like LMU, Saint Mary's will compete at the NorCal SoCal Showdown on April 17-18 before competing at the WCC Championships on April 30.
  • The Torero Varsity squad continued their busy month of competition with an undefeated finish at the Berg Cup in Newport Beach in all varsity events on April 12th. Bringing home the trophy for the third consecutive season, the Toreros posted a thirty second win over opponents Orange Coast College, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, Chapman and UC San Diego in the Varsity 8.

  • In the Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup Grand Final on March 30th, the Toreros brought home the trophy placing first in the Varsity Grand final with a time of 7:05.10, edging Oklahoma by two seconds.

  • The Toreros won the Oklahoma Invitational Regatta on March 13-14, defeating the host Sooners, Kansas, Tulsa, SMU, and Creighton.

  • San Diego, picked second in the WCC preseason coaches poll, travel to Eugene, Ore. on April 16th to take on No. 15 UCLA and No. 16 Oregon State in a three-team dual, before traveling to the WCC Championships at Lake Natoma on April 30th.
  • The Santa Clara University women's crew team and first-year head coach Anne Kennedy opened the 2010 season on the water of Lake Natoma in Sacramento at the Sacramento Invitational on March 13. SCU's Varsity 4 "A" boat finished second in the Varsity 4s.

  • The team followed that race up with a six-team event hosted by UC Davis. The field was tough, featuring Stanford, California, Sonoma State, USC and UC Davis.

  • Santa Clara was picked fifth in the 2010 WCC Rowing Head Coaches poll with eight points. Senior Gabby Alexander was named to the preseason all-conference team.

  • The Broncos compete in Stockton, CA on April 17th in a final tune-up before competing at the WCC Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma on April 30th.