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
I-Four Race - 9:20 AM
II-Eight Race - 9:40 AM
I-Eight Race - 10:00 AM
1. 5 points
2. 4 points
3. 3 points
4. 2 points
5. 1 point
1. 10 points
2. 8 points
3. 6 points
4. 4 points
5. 2 points
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.
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