April 28, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Five West Coast Conference programs enjoyed success at the WIRA Championships last weekend at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. Brief capsules for each program run below.
DAY ONE RECAP
DAY TWO RECAP
For the eighth time in nine years, the Gonzaga University women’s rowing Novice 8+ won gold at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The Bulldogs, whose current streak started in 2006, captured the gold-medal victory for the sixth-straight season.
After winning their heat race Saturday by an impressive 28 seconds, the Grand Final Sunday was a tighter affair for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in of winning time 7:00.3; six seconds ahead of second place Seattle University. The Bulldogs improved their time from its heat race by nearly eight seconds Sunday.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT –
Loyola Marymount competed in four Grand Finals, including finishing fourth in the women's pair with a time of 8:42. The time was an impressive improvement over LMU's second-place finish in the Saturday prelim of 9:16. LMU also fielded a boat in the Grand Finals of the varsity four, varsity eight and second varsity eight.
DAY ONE RECAP
DAY TWO RECAP
The Portland Pilots women's rowing team capped a solid weekend at the 2014 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships by taking home a gold in the Grand Finals of the novice four and a bronze in the second eight finals on Lake Natoma. Portland's varsity eight and varsity four also had strong showings on Sunday with the West Coast Conference Championships looming.
Portland's novice four easily topped the rest of the field with a time of 7:57.30, which was 18 seconds clear of runner-up Long Beach State. Portland's time was also about one second faster than on Saturday when the Pilots posted the fastest time in all three novice four heats.
UP's second eight took the bronze with a time of 6:57.63 in the Grand Finals, which was less than one second behind second-place and conference foe Saint Mary's. The Pilots were well clear of fourth-place San Diego State.
The day was headlined by the SMC second varsity eight boat, coming in runner-up, the best finish at WIRA’s for the second varsity eight boat. The Gaels came in at 6:56, just behind Sac state at 6:53. SMC defeated Portland, San Diego State, Stanford (LTwt) and LMU.
The SMC varsity eigth boat finished third in 6:59, coming in behind Stanford at 6:53 and Sac State at 6:57. The Gaels beat Portland, Seattle and LMU. The SMC varsity four finished third and beat out Portland and LMU out of the WCC. The SMC Novice Four finished fourth and beat UCI and Cal (Ltwt).
Santa Clara competed at the 2014 WIRA but did not advance to a Grand Final on Sunday.