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WCC Rowing Championship This Friday

April 26, 2007

West Coast Conference women's rowing teams turn their attention to the league championship event this Friday as they battle it out at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, CA. Loyola Marymount looks to defend its title, while the rest of the field, led by nine-time WCC Champion Gonzaga, looks to dethrone the Lions.

Schedule of Events
I-Four Race - 12:00 PM
II-Eight Race - 12:20 PM
I-Eight Race - 12:40 PM

Point Distribution

1. 5 points
2. 4 points
3. 3 points
4. 2 points
5. 1 point

1. 10 points
2. 8 points
3. 6 points
4. 4 points
5. 2 points

1. 15 points
2. 12 points
3. 9 points
4. 6 points
5. 3 points

The WCC began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997 with the 2007 championship marking the 11th anniversary. The event will once again return to Lake Natoma, which has been the host site for every WCC Rowing Championship. Gonzaga University has dominated the championship, claiming nine of the previous 10 titles. Loyola Marymount University broke the Bulldogs' streak in 2006, taking home the conference title. The Lions and the Bulldogs tied in the final point standings, but LMU was awarded the championship by virtue of finishing first in the varsity eight heat.


Gonzaga has won nine of the previous 10 WCC Championships ... The Zags had their string of nine consecutive WCC Championships snapped last year by Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga and LMU tied with 27 points, but the Lions were awarded the WCC Championship by finishing first in the I-Eight race ... Head Coach Glenn Putyrae, in his eighth season with the Bulldogs, has been named the WCC Coach of the Year on three occasions (2000-02). His three conference coaching honors ties him with LMU's Patrick Kelly for the most in league history ... Gonzaga has dominated the II-Eight race, taking first in the heat the last seven years.

The Lions captured their first-ever WCC Rowing Championship last season, snapping Gonzaga's string of nine consecutive titles ... Despite tying Gonzaga in the final points standings, the Lions were crowned champions for winning the I-Eight heat ... The Lions have finished first in the I-Eight heat in two of the past three WCC Championships ... The Lions return two All-WCC performers in juniors Jill Austin and Jenn Guess (coxswain) ... Head Coach Patrick Kelly earned his third WCC Coach of the Year last season, tying him with Gonzaga's Glenn Putyrae for the most in conference history.

The Gaels finished a program-best third at last year's WCC Championship ... The Gaels previous best finish at the WCC Championships was a fourth place showing in 2005 ... Saint Mary's returns 2006 All-WCC performer Lindsey Anderson ... The Gaels have finished fourth in the I-Eight heat the last two seasons ... Head Coach Pasha Spencer is in her fourth season with the Gaels ... Saint Mary's won the I-Four race in 2004 and 2001 ... The Gaels varsity eight and their varsity four teams recently took home first place at the Santa Clara Invitational.

The Toreros look to improve upon last year's fifth place showing at the WCC Championship ... San Diego has finished as the runner-up in seven of the previous 10 WCC Championships ... The Toreros return two-time All-WCC performer Jacquelyn Harris ... The Toreros have had 20 rowers named All-WCC, second only to Gonzaga ... Head Coach Joan O'Hara, in her third season at the USD helm, was named the WCC Coach of the Year in her first season (2005) ... As consistent as the Toreros have been over the years, they have only won two heat titles, claiming the II-Eight race in 1999 and the varsity four in 2000.

Santa Clara finished fourth at the 2006 WCC Championship ... The Broncos best overall finish at the WCC Championship was a second place showing at the 1998 and 1999 events ... SCU has finished third on four occasions ... The Broncos return an All-WCC performer in senior Tracy Flecky ... Head Coach Carlo Facchino is in his third year with the Broncos ... Santa Clara will be seeking its first-ever heat title in 2007 ... SCU has finished runner-up in the I-Eight race on two occasions (1998-99) ... The Broncos finished third in the varsity eight at last year's WCC Championship with a time of 6:46.7, their fastest time in program history at the conference event.