June 4, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference announced the Gonzaga University Varsity 8+ Crew as the West Coast Conference Crew of the Month for May.
Members of Varsity 8+: Junior Naseeb Bhangal, sophomore Naomi Medley, freshman Devyn Bell, freshman Kara Soucek, freshman Brooklyn Beeler, junior Malori McGill, sophomore Casey Burt, junior Madison Keaty, senior Christine Powers.
The Bulldog Varsity 8+ won their race at the West Coast Conference Championship on May 18th at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Their 1.3 second victory over the University of San Diego allowed Gonzaga to win its 13th conference crown and first since 2009. The victory also helped the Bulldogs earn the school's and conference's first automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Gonzaga Varsity 8+ rowed twice on the first day of the NCAA Championship; their first-ever racing at the national championship. The Bulldogs placed fifth out of sixth in its heat race and sixth out of seventh in their afternoon repechage.
WCC Time: 6:39.6
NCAA Heat Time: 7:18.55
NCAA Repechage Time: 7:39.89
(Weather at the NCAA Championship was raining and windy).
Also nominated: Saint Mary's College