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Women's Rowing Has Good Showing at First Day of WIRA's

April 30, 2006

Lake Natoma - On the first day of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, the Saint Mary's women's rowing team competed in five events, which included the varsity and second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight, and novice four.

The varsity four advanced to Sunday's grand final after posting a first place finish in its heat race on Saturday. The varsity four boat pulled to a time of 7:37.5 on the 2K race, which was the second fasted time in the three heat races.

After posting a third place finish with a time of 7:19.9 in its heat race, the novice eight advanced to the Saturday afternoon's petite final. The Gaels novice eight pulled a time of 7:05.8 to win the petite final, crossing the finish line five second ahead of San Diego.

The varsity eights competed in the DI/Open flight and fifth in their heat with a time of 7:19.9. The time was good enough for seventh overall and a berth in the petite finals on Sunday morning.

The second varsity eight also advanced to the petite finals after pulling to a time of 7:22.9 in their heat.

The novice four also had a good performance by winning their heat against six other schools. The novice four pulled a time of 7:33.2, which was the fast preliminary time of the 14 schools in the competition. The novice four will also compete in the grand final on Sunday.

WIRA ChamphionshipsSaint Mary's Day 1 Results

Novice Four-Heat 1Saint Mary's 7:33.2Loyola Marymount 7:45.3UC Davis 8:00.6Orange Coast College 8:34.0Cal Lightweights 8:34.0UC San Diego 8:39.7Mills College 9:03.2

Varsity Eight-Heat 2Sacramento State 6:46.6San Diego State 6:50.4Gonzaga 6:50.7Puget Sound 6:55.4Saint Mary's 6:56.6Santa Clara 7:00.6UC Irvine 7:14.5

Novice Eight-Heat 2UC San Diego 7:05.4UC Santa Barbara 7:16.2Saint Mary's 7:19.9San Diego 7:26.0UC Irvine 7:37.8Humboldt State 7:38.9Evergreen State 7:39.7

Varsity Four-Heat 2Saint Mary's 7:37.5UC San Diego 7:50.7Orange Coast 8:00.1Long Beach State 8:22.0Pacific Lutheran 8:34.2

II-Varsity Eight-Heat 2San Diego 7:06.4Sacramento State 7:04.5UC Davis 6:55.1Lewis & Clark 7:11.5Saint Mary's 7:22.9UC Santa Barbara 7:45.3

Novice Eight-Petite FinalSaint Mary's 7:05.8Sonoma State 7:10.8San Diego 7:19.7Chapman 7:20.4Puget Sound 7:23.5San Diego State 7:24.1