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Women's Crew Wins WIRA Efficiency Trophy

April 30, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gonzaga University women's crew had a successful end to the 2006 WIRA Championships as the Bulldogs won their second straight WIRA Efficiency Trophy awarded to the school with best collective finishes in all races entered. Gonzaga placed third in two Grand Final races and first in another on Sunday at Lake Natoma outside of Sacramento.

Gonzaga's Varsity 8+ was not able to defend its WIRA Championship from a season ago, but the Bulldogs did post their fifth straight Top 3 finish in the Grand Final with a third place finish on Sunday. Sacramento State won the race with a time of 6:35.9 followed by Loyola Marymount at 6:38.0. Gonzaga picked up third place with a time of 6:41.0, nearly two seconds ahead of UC Davis. The Bulldogs were fifth at the 1,000 meter mark and made a solid late charge. San Diego State was fifth and Western Washington sixth.

Gonzaga's Junior Varsity 8+ also lost in its efforts to repeat at WIRA champions as the Bulldogs placed third. San Diego State was first with a time to 6:35.6. UC Davis was second at 6:37.8 followed by Gonzaga at 6:40.7. Loyola Marymount was fourth five seconds behind the Bulldogs with Sacramento State and San Diego rounding out the field.

Gonzaga did win one Grand Final on Sunday as the Bulldogs picked up the Gold Medal in the Novice 8+ competition. It was the first time Gonzaga had entered a boat in the Novice 8+ race after the Bulldogs boat won the Junior Varsity event at Friday's West Coast Conference championships. Gonzaga won with a convincing time of 6:35.8 with UC San Diego eleven seconds behind in second place with a mark of 6:46.1. Sacramento State was one second back in third at 6:47.3. UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Loyola Marymount placed fourth through sixth.

Racing conditions varied through the day with the Varsity races going into a head wind. The Junior Varsity and Novice races had no wind a slight tail current.

In addition to winning their second straight WIRA Efficiency Trophy, Gonzaga also had four rowers earn All-WIRA honors. Kari Durgan, Sarah Allison and Erin Palmiter were first team selections while Whitney Patrick was named to the All-WIRA second team.

Gonzaga will return to action over the next two weeks with a scrimmage against Washington State next weekend and competition in the Pacific-10 Championships in two weeks.

WIRA Championships - Day 2
(Lake Natoma - 2,000 meters)

Varsity 8+ (Grand Final)
1. Sacramento State - 6:35.9
2. Loyola Marymount - 6:38.0
3. Gonzaga - 6:41.0
4. UC Davis - 6:42.8
5. San Diego State - 6:46.3
6. Western Wash. - 6:47.0

Junior Varsity 8+ (Grand Final)
1. San Diego State - 6:35.6
2. UC Davis - 6:37.8
3. Gonzaga - 6:40.7
4. Loyola Marymount - 6:45.6
5. Sacramento State - 6:49.4
6. San Diego - 6:57.0

Novice 8+ (Grand Final)
1. Gonzaga - 6:35.8
2. UC San Diego - 6:46.1
3. Sacramento State - 6:47.3
4. UC Santa Barbara - 6:57.8
5. UC Davis - 7:00.2
6. Loyola Marymount - 7:06.8