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Women's Rowing Posts Best Finish at WCC Championships

April 28, 2006

Lake Natoma - The Saint Mary's women's rowing team posted a third place finish in the 2006 West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Championships on Saturday. The Gaels collected 13 total points and finished behind WCC Champion Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga's total of 27 points. SMC was one point better than Santa Clara and four points ahead of San Diego in the overall point totals.

The Gaels got off to a good start after the I-Fours posted a third place finish. The varsity four boat, which included all freshmen, completed the 2K race in a time of 7:55.9. The boat of coxswain Amber Oosman, Amy Romero, Ally Oldfield, Michelle Kodweis, and Whitney Medved gave SMC three points after the first race.

The varsity four race saw Gonzaga post the fasted time of 7:40.0, followed by LMU's time of 7:50.6 for first and second place. The Gaels pulled a time of 7:55.9 to finish 10 second ahead of San Diego and 37 seconds faster than the Broncos.

The next race was the II-Eight where the Gaels collected a fourth place finish and four points. The boat of coxswain Kate Shalvoy, Allie Busche, Ariele Elia, Kristine Myhre, Linzey Simonson, Kyla Tom, Jennifer Tyndall, Sunsie Haro, and Alexxa Kilby pulled a time of 7:10.8.

Once against Gonzaga (6:47.3) and LMU (6:53.5) finished first and second, and San Diego finished third with a time of 7:03.8. The Gaels, who had four freshmen in the second varsity eight boat, crossed the finish line five seconds behind the Toreros, but two seconds ahead of the Broncos.

In the final event of the competition, the I-Eight race, Saint Mary's crossed the finish line in fourth place finish, giving the Gaels six more points for the team competition. The varsity eight boat of coxswain Amy Bellman, Lindsay Anderson, Dana Smith, Michelle Grima, Johanna Timmer, Sierra Timmer, Sandra Pichelli, Brittany Cunningham, and Janelle Silva completed the 2K race in a time of 6:48.2.

SMC finished 10 second behind LMU, five seconds behind Gonzaga, 1.5 seconds behind SCU, and one second ahead of San Diego. The one second win over San Diego gave SMC six points in the I-Eight race, and enough points in the team competition to edge out the Broncos for third place by one point.

What made the third place finish even better for the Gaels was that of the 23 rowers competing for SMC, only one is a senior. SMC competed in the I-Eight race with four freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors, the II-eight had six sophomores and three freshmen, and the I-Four was filled with freshmen.

The Gaels will return to the water on Saturday for the WIRA Championships at Lake Natoma. SMC will hit the water at 8:00 a.m.

2006 WCC Women's Rowing Championship Results

Overall1. Loyola Marymount* 27 points2. Gonzaga 27 points3. Saint Mary's 13 points4. Santa Clara 12 points5. San Diego 11 points*won tiebreaker by winning I-Eight Race

I-Eight1. Loyola Marymount, 6:38.8 15 points2. Gonzaga, 6:43.3 12 points3. Santa Clara, 6:46.7 9 points4. Saint Mary's, 6:48.2 6 points5. San Diego, 6:49.3 3 points

II-Eight1. Gonzaga, 6:47.3 10 points2. Loyola Marymount, 6:53.5 8 points3. San Diego, 7:03.8 6 points4. Saint Mary's, 7:10.8 4 points5. Santa Clara, 7:12.3 2 points

I-Four1. Gonzaga, 7:40.0 5 points2. Loyola Marymount, 7:50.6 4 points3. Saint Mary's, 7:55.9 3 points4. San Diego, 8:05.8 2 points5. Santa Clara, 8:32.0 1 point

2006 All-West Coast Conference Rowing TeamJill Austin, Loyola MarymountChristina Deuchle, Loyola MarymountLiz Stewart, Loyola MarymountSarah Allison, GonzagaKari Durgan, GonzagaLindsey Anderson, Saint Mary'sTracy Flecky, Santa ClaraJacquelyn Harris, San DiegoCoxswain - Jenn Guess, Loyola Marymount

Coach of the Year: Patrick Kelly, Loyola Marymount