May 9, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's crew will enter two boats in this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference championships set to take place at Lake Natoma just outside of Sacramento, Calif. Gonzaga will enter boats in the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ competition. The Bulldogs competed two weeks ago at Lake Natoma with the Varsity 8+ finishing third in the WIRA Championships and the Novice 8+ winning the WIRA title. Racing will take place on Sunday.
The Bulldogs Varsity 8+ is seeded 10th in the 12 team field and will be in the same heat at USC, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State and San Diego State. The top three boats from the heat advance to the Pac-10 Grand Final while the final three boats move on to compete in the Petite Final. Gonzaga finished 8th at last year's Pac-10 Championships and 10th the season before.
Gonzaga's Varsity 8+ will be comprised of coxswain Erin Palmiter, stroke Kari Durgan, Sarah Allison, Cory Nelson, Jessica Kocarnik, Whitney Patrick, Stephanie Murphy, Nicole Aadland-Lewis and bow Kelsey Koenig. This will be the final collegiate competition for seniors Allison, Durgan and Palmiter.
Gonzaga will also enter a Novice 8+ in the race which was seeded sixth in the 11 team field. Gonzaga will race in the same heat with Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, UC Davis and Sonoma State. The top three boats will advance to the Grand Final with the remaining finishers competing in the Petite Final. This will be the first year that Gonzaga has entered a Novice 8+ boat in the Pac-10 Championships.
"We are looking for a strong weekend to end our season on," stated head coach Glenn Putyrae. "This is a great way for our seniors to end their careers and it will be a great opportunity for our Novice rowers to see where they stack up against some of the top teams in the country."