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San Diego Wins Second Straight WCC Rowing Championship

April 29, 2011

Championship Central

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - For the second straight year, the University of San Diego captured the West Coast conference rowing championship. Unlike 2010, however, this year's Toreros swept all three races on a cool, windy morning at Sacramento State Aquatics Center on Lake Natoma.

In the final point standings, San Diego topped Gonzaga, 36 to 30. Saint Mary's finished third, followed by Creighton, Loyola Marymount, and Santa Clara.

"I'm so proud of our effort," said San Diego head coach Kim Cupini. "It's always a challenge - especially now as the WCC has gotten stronger. We were able to show the full depth of our program, winning all three races for the first time."

All three races were tightly contested on the morning. San Diego's Varsity Four bested Gonzaga by three seconds to take a six-points to five lead with two races to go. In the Eight II race, once again the Toreros proved to be tough, topping Gonzaga by 4.6 seconds. Entering the final race of the morning, San Diego held an 18-15 lead over the Bulldogs.

The Championship title came down to the last race of the day once again, and for the second straight year, San Diego pulled through for the victory, edging Gonzaga by a mere 1.6 seconds.

San Diego head coach Kim Cupini was also named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season, while San Diego's Allyn DeLozier garnered WCC Coxswain of the Year honors for the second straight year.

Official results and a listing of the complete 2011 All-West Coast Conference Rowing Team follow.

WCC Women's Rowing Championships
Friday, April 29, 2011
Lake Natoma (Rancho Cordova, California)

Final Standings
San Diego, 36
Gonzaga, 30
Saint Mary's, 24
Creighton, 16
Loyola Marymount, 14
Santa Clara, 5

I Four Race Official Results
1. San Diego, 7:58.8
(cox: Kristin Jones; Madison Browning; Melanie Lucas-Conwell; Lauren Rollins; Hannah Whitney)
2. Gonzaga, 8:01.8
(cox: Jordan Schroeder; Corrine Gould; Madison Keaty; Alex Pollastro; Renee Wyman)
3. Saint Mary's, 8:30.5
(cox: Kaila Garza; Ann Boyd; Brandy Cho; Olivia Hua; Chelsea Serrano)
4. Creighton, 8:49.4
(cox: Kristina Ward; Katie Daugherty; Tayler Davis; Morgan McEnery; Molly Meister)
5. Loyola Marymount, 9:14.3
(cox: Olivia Eischeneer; Uzuri Amandla; Jennifer Boucher; Kiana Otsuka; Allie Shorin)

II Eight Race Official Results
1. San Diego, 7:09.5
(cox: Kaitlin Soper; Maggie Cole; Lindsey Dornes; Stephanie Jegat; Brittany Johnson; Nichole Norby; Lisa O'Toole; Jennifer Travis; Hannah Ward)
2. Gonzaga, 7:14.1
(cox: Nicky Talkington; Grace Ditzler; Tayler Drake; Olivia Miller; Courtney Norris; Agatha Oleksiak; Christine Powers; Maryssa Thompson; Therese Yranni)
3. Saint Mary's 7:24.2
(cox: Lisa Wickheim; Rachel Alvarez; Taylor Balian; AnaKarina Castrillo; Maryann Concannon; Alex Iwaszewicz; Nathalie Lambrecht; Jillian Parlee; Nicolette Pierantoni)
4. Loyola Marymount 7:32.3
(cox: Jen Koester; Cassidy Baine; P.K. Carey-Jones; Danielle Ciraulo; Ku'ulei Lake; Elizabeth LaLonde; Harriet Russell; Kerry Small; Ally Wilches)
5. Creighton 7:44.4
(cox: Hayley Pilcher; Whitney Jenich; Nicole Kamada; Maggie Miller; Kathryn Mindt; Christina Moore; Lauren Roknich; Hilary Van Noort; Laura Jo Washle)
6. Santa Clara 8:03.8
(cox: Brittany Meyer; Vanessa Delgado; Kayla Edquilane; Berkeley Fial; Melissa Giorgi; Melanie Lara; Cora Lemar; Samantha Meredith; Estelle Richardson)

I Eight Race Official Results
1. San Diego, 6:56.9
(cox: Allyn DeLozier; Taylar Albertini; Taylor Caldwell; Michelle Geesman; Brianna Lamb; Courtney Olson; Hannah Patrick; Gina Schneider; Marilyn Smith)
2. Gonzaga, 6:58.5
(cox: Natalie Wolfrom; Sammi Koppinger; Teddi McGuire; Christy Mentele; Elise Perkins; Chelsea Quilling; Rachel Schlosser; Paula Welly; Hannah Winters)
3. Saint Mary's 7:23.0
(cox: Marrah Galvin; Haley Adams; Christina Bennett; Jordan Bonadio; Savina Brown; Michelle Burns; Dana Cook; Deanna Estes; Laura Kocourek)
4. Creighton 7:32.8
(cox: Ellie Ritchey; Anne Beethe; Alex Blomquist; Meg Blue; Kim Boehm; Kayla Heimerman; Emily Keating; Lauren Klick; Christine Koehler)
5. Loyola Marymount 7:34.7
(cox: Kayla Pietruszka; Maggie Boze; Shannon Craig; Chris Erhart; Mary Foster; Michelle Herrerias; Hanna Osborne; Katrina Regan; Alex Silva)
6. Santa Clara 7:36.4
(cox: Caitlin Cutting; Katie Caudle; Deanna Clark; Rachel Donohoe; Adrienne Lohe; Blair Mitchell; Laurel Schuster; Hilary Stewart; Jillian Walker)

2011 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Kim Cupini, San Diego

2011 West Coast Conference Coxswain of the Year
Allyn DeLozier, San Diego

2011 All-West Coast Conference Team
Jordan Bonadio, Saint Mary's
Taylor Caldwell, San Diego
Mary Foster, Loyola Marymount
Kayla Heimerman, Creighton
Sami Koppinger, Gonzaga
Hannah Patrick, San Diego
Rachel Schlosser, Gonzaga
Gina Schneider, San Diego
Jillian Walker, Santa Clara