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Five WCC Crews Compete in the 2015 WIRA Championships

April 27, 2015

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Five West Coast Conference programs competed in the WIRA Championships on Lake Natoma this past weekend. Brief capsules for each program run below.  

Lake Natoma will serve as the site for the 2015 WCC Rowing Championship Saturday, May 16.

The LMU rowing program wrapped up competition at the Western Collegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Sunday, as the women finished second in the Varsity 8 Final. The Lion Varsity 8 earned a spot in the Final by way of a first-place finish in heat 1 of the races on Saturday. LMU posted a time of 7:13.4 in the initial heat before improving the time to 7:03.1 to finish second behind Stanford in the Final.

LMU's women's Novice 4 also reached a Final on Sunday, placing second behind San Diego in heat 2 to reach the Championship race. LMU finished fourth in the Championship behind USD, Long Beach State and Saint Mary's. Furthermore, LMU's women's Novice 8 earned a second-place finish in the Petite Final after finishing third in heat 1 of the race.

Portland's varsity four claimed a bronze medal on Sunday at the 2015 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma, while the varsity eight and second eight had solid showings in their respective grand finals. The varsity four posted a time of 8:12.1, which was ahead of WCC foes Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. San Diego State edged the Pilots for second place, and Sacramento State finished in first to win the gold medal.  

Both the varsity eight and second eight advanced to the grand finals out of Saturday's heats. In the varsity eight's finals, the Pilots had a time of 7:16.8, which was 12 seconds better than their time on Saturday. The second eight also significantly improved on their Saturday time as they posted a time of 7:19.8 in the finals. Portland was in third for much of the race, but in the end they finished only one second behind Saint Mary's.  

The Saint Mary's rowing team varsity eight finished in third place at the WIRA Championships on Sunday at Lake Natoma. In the varsity eight grand final, the Gaels finished third, behind Stanford and just one second behind Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference.  SMC defeated Sac State, Seattle and Portland. The Gael's second varsity eight finished fourth, beating a pair of WCC schools.  The varsity four finished in fourth place while the women's novice four placed third.

On the first day of the WIRA Championships, the SMC novice four finished second in its heat with a time of 8:11, coming in second to Long Beach State.  Saint Mary's beat Sacramento and UC Davis in its heat.  The second varsity eight took fourth in their heat while the varsity eight turned in a runner up showing in its heat. The SMC novice eight took fifth in their heat and third in the third final.  The pair took fifth in their heat and placed second in the petite final.  

The USD women's rowing team's novice crews wrapped up the WIRA Championships with their Novice Four taking first place and their Novice Eight grabbing second.

The Toreros followed up a strong first day with excellent performances in the Grand Finals. The Novice Four finished in 7:48.4, eight seconds ahead of the second place finishers, Long Beach State (7:56.9). They also crossed the finish line before WCC foes Saint Mary's (8:01.4) and LMU (8:13.5). Later on in the day, the Torero Novice Eight finished just 1.2 seconds behind No. 6 Stanford with a time of 7:04.5, beating out OCC (7:24.1), Seattle (7:32.1), and Sacramento State (7:32.4).  

The Santa Clara Broncos women's rowing team competed in the WIRA Championships this past weekend with some strong finishes. The Broncos finished second in the Women's Pair final posting a time of 8:38.9, beating out third place finishers Arizona State by roughly twelve seconds.  

The Women's Varsity Four also competed in the championship race on Sunday. The Broncos placed fifth in this race, behind two WCC foes Portland and Saint Mary's. Lastly, the Santa Clara Women's Varsity Eight also competed in the petite finals, finishing second behind San Diego Sate.  

CONTENT FROM: LMULions.com, PortlandPilots.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com