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WCC Rowing Championships Take Place This Friday

April 29, 2009

WCC ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP THIS FRIDAY
The West Coast Conference women's rowing championships take place this Friday at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, CA. The annual event began in 1997 and Gonzaga has dominated the event, winning 11 of the 12 titles. Loyola Marymount is the only other school to capture the title, winning the championship in 2006.

For All-Access Coverage of the Rowing Championships, make sure to tune in to the WCC's Rowing Championship Central page: http://wccsports.cstv.com/ot/09-wcc-rowing-tourney-central.html.

Throughout the duration of the tournament, the Championship Central page will feature a Live TWITTER Tournament Blog and WCCTV Video Recaps. WCCTV will cover all five women's teams with wrap-ups posted upon completion of the tournament, which could also be accessed through the All-Access player found on the official West Coast Conference website, www.wccsports.com.

The Championship Central page currently contains information about the five participating WCC teams and the tournament site. Look out for the full 2009 WCC Women's Rowing Championships preview and other pertinent information to follow.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Race Times
I-Four Race - 9:20 AM
II-Eight Race - 9:40 AM
I-Eight Race - 10:00 AM

Point Distribution
I-Four
1. 5 points
2. 4 points
3. 3 points
4. 2 points
5. 1 point

II-Eight
1. 10 points
2. 8 points
3. 6 points
4. 4 points
5. 2 points

I-Eight
1. 15 points
2. 12 points
3. 9 points
4. 6 points
5. 3 points

Directions to Lake Natoma
From Highway 80:

Heading West from Auburn or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Sierra College Blvd. exit (in the City of Rocklin) and turn South on Sierra College Blvd. In about 6 miles Sierra College Blvd. becomes Hazel Ave., continue South through the town of Orangevale and finally across the American River. Your first left after the river is the Aquatic Center. Turn left onto Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Rd. Follow the road into the Aquatic Center parking lot.

From Highway 50:
Heading West from Lake Tahoe or East from Sacramento or San Francisco take the Hazel Ave. (Exit 21). Go North onto Hazel Ave. Proceed approximately .5 to Gold County Blvd./Nimbus Rd. (the second stop light) turn right. Follow the road into the Aquatic Center parking lot.

2008 WCC ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Gonzaga women's rowing team claimed its 11th West Coast Conference title, winning the I-Eight, II-Eight and I-Four races at Lake Natoma. The Bulldogs swept each of the three events for the third straight year, taking its 10th I-Eight event in the 11-year championship history and accumulating the maximum 30 team points. San Diego took second overall and finished second in all three races to finish with 24 points. Finishing in third place was Loyola Marymount, which took third in both the II-Eight and I-Four and fourth in the I-Eight to tally 15 points. Coming in close behind Loyola Marymount was Saint Mary's, who finished with 13 points, finishing third in the I-Eight, fourth in the I-Four, and fifth in the II-Eight. Rounding out the field was Santa Clara who finished fifth in all three races with eight points. Gonzaga was rewarded with the most representation on the all-conference team in Kelsey Koening, two-time honorees Hanna McClintock and Kelly Steinhaus, and coxswain Joan Aubry. San Diego had the next most in Allison Matthews and Jacquelyn Harris, who became the first rower in WCC history named to four straight all-conference teams. Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's, and Santa Clara each had one athlete honored in the Lions' Jill Austin, a two-time honoree, the Gaels' Johanna Timmer, and the Broncos' Laila Correa to round out the 2008 all-conference team. Gonzaga's Melissa Flint was tabbed for Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her career.

HISTORY OF THE WCC ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
The West Coast Conference added women's rowing to its list of championships in 1997, with five of the league's eight member schools, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's, San Diego, and Santa Clara, fielding teams. The event has been held at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California, since its inception.

Gonzaga, which claimed its 11th WCC title in 2008, has been the pace-setter in the short history of WCC women's rowing, claiming 11 of the 12 conference championships. The Zags reclaimed their crown in 2007 after Loyola Marymount made history in 2006, taking the WCC title to end Gonzaga's nine-year reign at the top of the conference. Although the two teams finished even in the points standings, the Lions took first in the I-Eight race at Lake Natoma to steal the championship from the Bulldogs.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

  • Since the WCC Women's Rowing Championship was established in 1997, Gonzaga has claimed the conference crown 11 out of 12 years.

  • The Bulldogs also swept all three races last year for the third straight time.

  • Returning to the line-up for the Zags this year is 2008 all-conference selection, Hanna McClintock

  • Gonzaga is coming off its last competition at the Charles River Challenge, where the Novice 8+ team captured first in its race.
  • Loyola Marymount is the only other school to capture the WCC Championship, winning the event in 2006.

  • The Lions are coming off a third place finish at last year's championships and have placed in the top three for the past five years running.

  • Earlier this year, Loyola Marymount captured the Parker Cup Title for the first time since 2006 and for new coordinator of rowing, Dawn Regan.

  • LMU is coming off its last competition at the San Diego Crew Classic, with the Varsity 8+ coming in fifth in the Petite Final and the 2nd Varsity 8+ coming in second in the third final.
  • The Gaels come into the competition off a fourth place finish at last year's championships.

  • Returning for Saint Mary's will be Johanna Timmer, a member of last year's all-conference team and Sierra Timmer, a 2007 all-conference selection.

  • In the latest Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) poll, which ranks the 28 teams that are memebers of WIRA, the Saint Mary's women's rowing varsity-8 boat ranked sixth.

  • The Gaels are coming fresh off their performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, where the Varsity 8+ team finished fifth out of 18 crews.
  • San Diego enters the event coming off a second place finish in last year's championships.

  • The Toreros have been the next most dominant team to Gonzaga, finishing second in eight of the 12 championships.

  • The 24 points scored last year were the most by a San Diego team since it tallied 25 points in 2000.

  • The Toreros last competed at the San Diego Crew Classic, where the Varsity 8+ team finished fourth in the Grand Final of the Varsity Cal Cup.
  • Santa Clara is coming off a fifth place finish from last year's championships.

  • At the UC Davis Invitational, the women had their best finish of the day in the Varsity Four as the Broncos got second place. SCU finished 27.63 seconds behind UC Davis (8:00.24). Santa Clara also earned third place finishes in the Varsity Eight and Novice Eight. In the varsity race, the Broncos finished with a time of 7:41.85. In the novice race, SCU clocked in at 8:22.39.

  • At the Sacramento Invitational, the Broncos had their best finish in the Varsity Lightweight 4. SCU finished second with a time of 9:35.7. Santa Clara also took third in the Novice 8 and the Novice Lightweight 4.

  • The Bronco women last competed at the SanDiego Crew Classic, finishing third in the third final of the Varsity Cal Cup.