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WIRA Champions Take On National Competition

July 11, 2006

Christy Baker, 2006 graduate and team captain, and rising junior Jacquelyn Harris, who won the Women's Open Pair title at the WIRA Championship in May, have decided to take their show on the road. The duo has been training together this summer to compete at the U.S. National Championship at the end of July. Having won the WIRA championship by more than 17 seconds, Christy and Jacquelyn demonstrated national-level speed going 7:47. Encouraged by their success, they wanted to see just how far they could go. "Christy and Jacquelyn were outstanding in the pair throughout the 2006 season,commented Torero head coach Joan O'Hara. "They were the stroke pair of our Varsity Eight, so I had them train in the pair simply to hone their skills; but they proved to be especially talented in that event!"

Harris and Baker first showed their potential in an early-season scrimmage with nationally-ranked Southern California. Matched against USC's top athletes from the Varsity Eight broken into pairs, the Torero women comfortably held their own. They didn't race the event again until WIRAs, but when they did, it was clear they had something special. "It will be very exciting to see how the girls fair on a national level," said Coach O'Hara. "They have been training completely on their own and will be competing against other athletes who have been at US Pre-Elite and Development Camps all summer. But these two athletes are extremely tough and extremely disciplined and they both really hate to lose! I think they have a very good chance of taking the National Championship title this summer."

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