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LMU Shines on Conference, National Stages

July 18, 2007

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The LMU women's crew program followed up its first ever West Coast Conference Championship in 2006 with a strong second place finish at the 2007 Championships. The women's lightweight 4 and 8 and men's pair all claimed WIRA titles with the lightweight 8 making its first ever national championship appearance at the IRA Championships in Cherry Hill, NJ, on June 3rd. The success continued into the summer, where senior Jill Austin and alumnus Warren Anderson will row for the United States on the international stage.

Women take Second at WCC Championships
The balance of the LMU crew team helped the Lions finish in a three-way tie for second place at the WCC Championships on April 27th at Lake Natoma. The Lions' varsity and 2nd varsity 8 boats placed third, while the varsity 4 boat finished fourth. It was enough to help the Lions accumulate 17 points and tie with Saint Mary's and Santa Clara for second place. Despite not placing higher than third in any single race, the balance of LMU's crew team helped the Lions accumulate the points. Gonzaga won the overall title with 30 points.

All-Conference Honors Go to Cox and Hietbrink
Senior Courtney Cox and junior Marni Hietbrink were named to the All-WCC team after leading the varsity 8 to a second place showing at the West Coast Conference Championships on April 27th. The duo powered the boat to a third place finish, pushing the Lions into a tie for second place in the team standings.

Five Gain National Scholar-Athlete Recognition
Five Lions were named National Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Senior Kathryn Holzberger, juniors Jill Austin, Kathryn Maloney, and Becky Nolan, and sophomore Amy Guion were honored for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the water. All five athletes have cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher for their career.

Cox, Hietbrink Garner West Coast All-Academic Honors
A pair of Lions earned places on the West Coast Conference All-Academic spring team for their work on the water and in the classroom. Courtney Cox, a senior humanities major, is honored after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.21 over her four-year LMU career. Marni Hietbrink earns the all-academic honor after recording a 3.39 GPA as a junior psychology major.

Three Win Gold at WIRA Championships
Three LMU boats earned gold medals at the WIRA Championships on April 29th at Lake Natoma in Sacramento. The women's lightweight 8 gained LMU's first gold medal of the weekend, edging Long Beach State by one tenth of a second in a dramatic finish. The women's lightweight 4 had an easier go of it, winning by a solid eight second margin. The men's pair of juniors Scott Wike and David Cronin provided highlights for the men's team, winning the grand final to bring home gold.

Four Boats, Four Medals at PCRC
The LMU crew team sent four boats to the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in Sacramento on May 12th and came back with four medals. Junior Jill Austin won two medals, winning the women's single and helping the women's lightweight 8 take silver. Juniors Scott Wike and David Cronin earned their second gold medal this season in the men's pair. The men's lightweight 4 picked up a silver medal to round out the Lion entries.For Cronin and Wike, it was two golds in two weeks after standing atop the victory stand at the WIRA Championships on April 29th. It was a decisive victory at PCRC, topping Sacramento State by over 17 seconds.Austin also added to her medal count in 2007. At the WIRAs, she led the lightweight 8 and the lightweight 4 to a pair of gold medals. At the PCRC, she won gold by herself with an impressive victory in the women's single. Finishing with a time of 8:58.5, the next competitor came in over 80 seconds later with a time of 10:18.7.Austin also helped lead the #9 women's lightweight 8 to a silver medal at the PCRC.

Women's Lightweight 8 Makes First IRA National Championship Appearance
The LMU women's lightweight eight concluded its season with a strong performance at the IRA National Championships, finishing third in the Petite Final in Cherry Hill, NJ, on June 3rd. The young boat had a thrilling race in the final, coming from behind to finish ahead of three teams to place 9th overall.

Jill Austin to Compete for Team USA at U23 World Championships
Jill Austin will spend the summer between her junior and senior seasons representing the United States in the lightweight double at U23 World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, July 26-29. The duo of Austin and Kristen Hedstrom of the University of Wisconsin raced uncontested in the lightweight double at the U23 World Championships Trials in Princeton, NJ on July 11th and only had to complete the course to claim the win at trials. But then, each of the winning boats had to qualify to race at the U23 World Championships by meeting the USRowing time standard for the event. Austin and Hedstrom raced for the time trial Thursday morning and finished the course in 7:14.453 to beat the time standard and claim their berth on the 2007 U23 National Team. The lightweight double is an Olympic boat class and the only event in which lightweights compete at the Olympics. The LMU senior is the first ever member of the Lions' women's rowing team to race for the US National Team. At LMU, Austin is a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection. She helped the Lions to the 2006 WCC title.

Warren Anderson `06 represents USA at 2007 Pan Am Games
Lion alumnus Warren Anderson `06 was selected as a member of the 2007 USRowing National Team to compete at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 14-19. Anderson, who starred for the Lions from 2003-06, turned heads at the USRowing Elite National Championships in New Jersey on June 23rd when his boat won the men's quad just hours after he finished second in the men's single. Anderson and his teammates from around the nation won the men's quad at the USRowing Elite National Championships with a time of 5:49.23 to advance to the Pan American Games.