April 27, 2006
The West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Championship is set for this Friday, April 28 at the 2,000-meter Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. This year's event marks the 10th consecutive year that the WCC has hosted a women's rowing championship. The I Four Race kicks off the regatta at 12:00 p.m. followed by the II Eight Race at 12:20 and the I Eight Race at 12:40.
The Bulldogs have won the previous nine WCC Championships and two of the last four WIRA championships ... Current GU head coach Glenn Putyrae has guided the Bulldogs to six of those nine championships ... Last season, the Zags swept all three races, tallying 30 points en route to the WCC Championship ... The Bulldogs will look to returning All-WCC seniors Sarah Allison and Kari Durgan to help them win their 10th straight title.
The Lions look to improve upon their third place finish at last year's WCC Championship ... In 2004, the Lions won the varsity 8 event for the first time, but missed out on the conference title by just one point, finishing with 25 points while Gonzaga had 26 ... The LMU women's varsity 8 has not lost to another WCC school this spring. Earlier this spring, the Lions defeated Gonzaga at Lake Natoma, using a late surge to edge the Bulldogs by more than a second.
The Gaels tied for fourth at last year's WCC Championship with Santa Clara, notching eight points ... Saint Mary's has come on strong in April, as the Gaels' varsity eight took home first place at the Women's Cal Cup petite final (4/2), and posted the fastest time at the Lexington Reservoir competition against Santa Clara, Cal Lightweights, Stanford Lightweights and Sonoma State.
The Toreros finished second at last year's WCC Championship, marking the seventh runner-up finish for USD in the nine league championships ... Last year, San Diego Head Coach Joan O'Hara was named the 2005 WCC Coach of the Year, earning the honor in her first season at the helm of the Torero program ... The Toreros return three All-WCC members in Christy Baker, Jacquelyn Harris, and coxswain Alicia Cresap.
The Broncos tied Saint Mary's for fourth place at last season's WCC Championship ... Last weekend, Santa Clara edged Saint Mary's in the varsity eight and the second eight to capture first place at the Stanford Lightweight Invitational ... The Broncos best finish at the WCC Championships was in 1998 and 1999 when they captured second place.