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LMU Captures First WCC Women's Rowing Title

April 28, 2006

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Lake Natoma, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount women's rowing team claimed its first-ever West Coast Conference title, winning the I-Eight race and finishing second in the II-Eight and I-Four events on Friday afternoon at Lake Natoma, CA. The Lions finished the WCC Rowing Championships tied atop the team standings with nine-time defending WCC champion Gonzaga at 27 points, but LMU was awarded the title by virtue of having won the I-Eight race. Saint Mary's finished in third place with 13 team points, while Santa Clara finished in fourth place with 12 points, and San Diego rounded out the team standings with 11 points.

LMU posted a first place finish in the I-Eight event for the second time in the last three years with a time of 6:38.8, finishing ahead of second place Gonzaga by five seconds. The Zags, who had won the I-Eight race in eight of the last nine years prior to this season, notched a time of 6:43.3, while Santa Clara grabbed third place with a 6:46.7 mark. Saint Mary's came in fourth with a time of 6:48.2, followed by San Diego with a time of 6:49.3.

In the II-Eight race, Gonzaga finished first for the seventh straight season with a 6:47.3 mark, followed by LMU with a time of 6:53.5. San Diego captured the No. 3 spot with a time of 7:03.8, while Saint Mary's and Santa Clara rounded out the II-Eight race with times of 7:10.8 and 7:12.3, respectively.

Gonzaga won the I-Four event for the fourth time in the last five years, posting a time of 7:40.0. LMU took second place in the I-Four race with a 7:50.6 mark, while Saint Mary's captured third place with a time of 7:55.9. San Diego came in fourth with an 8:02.8 mark, and Santa Clara finished fifth with a time of 8:32.0.

The Lions were rewarded for their first place finish by landing four athletes on the All-WCC team in Jill Austin, Christina Deuchle, Liz Stewart, and coxswain Jenn Guess. Gonzaga had two athletes earn All-WCC honors, as both Sarah Allison and Kari Durgan received all-conference recognition for the second straight season. Rounding out the All-WCC team were Saint Mary's Lindsey Anderson, Santa Clara's Tracy Flecky, and San Diego's Jacquelyn Harris, who also received all-conference honors for the second straight season. LMU's Patrick Kelly was tabbed for WCC Coach of the Year honors for the second time, having also earned the award in 2004.

Final Standings

1. LMU - 27
2. Gonzaga - 27
3. Saint Mary's - 13
4. Santa Clara - 12
5. San Diego - 11

2006 WCC Rowing Championship Team Results

1. Loyola Marymount, 6:38.8, 15 points
2. Gonzaga, 6:43.3, 12 points
3. Santa Clara, 6:46.7, 9 points
4. Saint Mary's, 6:48.2, 6 points
5. San Diego, 6:49.3, 3 points

1. Gonzaga, 6:47.3, 10 points
2. Loyola Marymount, 6:53.5, 8 points
3. San Diego, 7:03.8, 6 points
4. Saint Mary's, 7:10.8, 4 points
5. Santa Clara, 7:12.3, 2 points

1. Gonzaga, 7:40.0, 5 points
2. Loyola Marymount, 7:50.6, 4 points
3. Saint Mary's, 7:55.9, 3 points
4. San Diego, 8:05.8, 2 points
5. Santa Clara, 8:32.0, 1 point

2006 All-West Coast Conference Rowing Team

Jill Austin, Loyola Marymount
Christina Deuchle, Loyola Marymount
Liz Stewart, Loyola Marymount
Sarah Allison, Gonzaga
Kari Durgan, Gonzaga
Lindsey Anderson, Saint Mary's
Tracy Flecky, Santa Clara
Jacquelyn Harris, San Diego
Coxswain - Jenn Guess, Loyola Marymount

Coach of the Year: Patrick Kelly, Loyola Marymount