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Final Home Races This Weekend

April 20, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU crew teams will have their final tuneup before the WCC Championships when they take on local rivals in Ballona Creek this weekend. The men will face USC on Saturday morning, and the women's team will compete against five other local schools in the Miller Cup on Sunday.

Men's Varsity 8 Wins Monthly Honor
The members of the men's varsity 8 boat were named the LMU Male Student Athletes of the Month for March after going undefeated to open the season. The Lions won the Parker Cup for the first time since 2002, defeating UC Irvine and San Diego State by 13 seconds. In addition, they won the Guy Lunburg Trophy for the first time in five years, beating UCLA by 13 seconds... To cap off the month, the boat went undefeated at the WCC Challenge, beating San Diego and Santa Clara by approximately 20 seconds each.

Looking Back
LMU had a strong showing in its last competition, winning five races against UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State. Both men's and women's varsity 8 boats picked up victories, with the women defeating second place UCSB by six seconds, and the men defeating UCSB by 11 seconds. In addition, the women's JV 8 defeated USC by 11 seconds, and the women's novice 4 defeated Long Beach State by almost 20 seconds. LMU's men's novice 4 easily beat UCSB by 20 seconds.

This Week's Schedule
The men's crew team will take to the water on Saturday morning, facing USC. The schedule is as follows:

9:00am - Varsity 8
9:30am - Novice 8
9:45am - Varsity 4

The women are participating in the Miller Cup this weekend against five other Southern California schools. The schedule is as follows:

7:00am - Varsity 8 Heat 1 (UCLA, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara)
7:10am - Varsity 8 Heat 2 (LMU, San Diego State, UC Irvine)
7:20am - JV 8 Heat 1 (UCLA, LMU, UC Santa Barbara)
7:30am - JV 8 Heat 2 (San Diego State, San Diego)
7:40am - Varsity 4 Heat 1 (UCLA, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara)
7:50am - Varsity 4 Heat 2 (San Diego State, LMU, UC Irvine)
8:00am - Novice 8 Grand Final (UCLA, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara)

Finals Schedule
8:50am - Varsity 8 Petite Final
9:00am - Varsity 8 Grand Final
9:10am - JV 8 Petite Final
9:20am - JV 8 Grand Final
9:30am - Varsity 4 Petite Final
9:40am - Varsity 4 Grand Final

Grand Final Progression: Heat Winners and Next Fastest time.
Grand Finals: Lanes 1 and 2 will be assigned by fastest time to heat winners. Third qualifier, regardless of time, will be given lane 3.
Petite Finals: Lanes assigned by fastest time.

Looking Ahead
The Lions have a big weekend, heading north to Lake Natoma for the WCC Championships and the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The Lions will compete for the WCC title in Friday, April 28th. On April 29th and 30th, LMU will look for a WIRA title to bring back to Westchester. The women's varsity 8 captured the WIRA Championship in 2003 and 2004, and last year, the lightweight 4 won their first WIRA title.