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San Diego Sweeps All Three Races to Win 2014 West Coast Conference Championship

May 17, 2014

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. - San Diego posted a clean sweep, winning all three races by a convincing margin to win the 2014 West Coast Conference Rowing Championship Saturday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center on Lake Natoma. The Toreros capture the WCC's automatic berth and will compete in the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. 

This is the fourth title in five seasons for San Diego. The Toreros took a big victory in the I Four race, winning by 15.2 seconds and enjoyed a 3.0-second margin in the II Eight race. San Diego posted a 5.3 second advantage in the signature race, the I Eight. Gonzaga posted runner-up finishes in all three events.

In the final point standings, San Diego finished with a total of 42, while 2013 champion Gonzaga finished with 36 for second place. Portland and Saint Mary's each earned 27 points, but the Pilots took the third position based on the order of finish in the I Eight race. Loyola Marymount was fifth with 18, followed by Creighton (12) and Santa Clara (5). 

All major awards went to the Toreros. San Diego head coach Kim Cupini won Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in six years. Michelle Campbell became the first Torero to take Rower of the Year honors, while Erica Mayer won Coxswain of the Year - the fourth time in six years a Torero has been selected. Nneka Anyanwu completed the sweep taking Newcomer of the Year accolades. 

San Diego will represent the West Coast Conference in the NCAAs beginning May 30 at Eagle Reek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Gonzaga will find out its postseason fate when the NCAA unveils the field for the 2014 Rowing Championship Tuesday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. (PT). 

2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE ROWING INDIVIDUAL HONORS
ROWER OF THE YEAR
Michelle Campbell, San Diego 

COXSWAIN OF THE YEAR
Erica Mayer, San Diego

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Nneka Anyanwu, San Diego 

COACH OF THE YEAR
Kim Cupini, San Diego 

2014 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE ROWING TEAM
Haley Adams, Saint Mary's
Megan Alferness, Santa Clara
Nneka Anyanwu, San Diego
Suzanne Blair, Portland
Toni Boteva, Loyola Marymount
Michelle Campbell, San Diego
MaryAnn Concannon, Saint Mary's
Madison Keaty, Gonzaga
Jessica Kegel, Loyola Marymount
Taylor Kendzierski, San Diego
Lauren Klick, Creighton
Brianna Lamb, San Diego
Malori McGill, Gonzaga
Blair Mitchell, Santa Clara
Jamie Opra, Portland
Kara Soucek, Gonzaga
Anne Marie Stonikas, Creighton 

FINAL WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP POINT TOTALS
1. San Diego - 42
2. Gonzaga - 36
3. Saint Mary's - 27
4. Portland - 27*
5. Loyola Marymount - 18
6. Creighton - 12
7. Santa Clara - 5
*Tiebreaker - I Eight Finish