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Lions Strong in Fall Events

Nov. 13, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU crew teams had a strong finish to their fall season, with the men's and women's open eights claiming victory at the Head of the Marina on Saturday. On Sunday, three Lion boats competed at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, but the Head of the Lake was cancelled because of high winds for the first time in the 26-year history of the event.

Six boats participated in Saturday's Head of the Marina on LMU's home course in Marina del Rey. LMU recorded victories in the men's and women's Open 8. The men's boat finished 29 seconds ahead of the second place team, San Diego Rowing Club and 32 seconds ahead of third place USC. LMU's second boat placed fourth, just five seconds behind the second place team and a full minute ahead of fifth place Arizona State.

In the women's Open Eight race, LMU picked up a 41 second win over UC Irvine. The boat was LMU's second varsity eight which competed for the first time. The Lions were almost two minutes ahead of A and B boats from Arizona State.

In the men's novice eight, LMU placed second behind UCLA's A boat, but ahead of UCLA's B, C and D boats. The Lions were just 19 seconds behind the first place boat.

LMU placed third in the women's varsity four race, behind Tempe and LA Rowing Club. The women's novice eight placed third in its race behind UCLA's A and B boats.

Lineups for the Head of the Marina were as follows:

Men's Novice 8+: Cox: Nick Llanos, 8- Lorenzo Nardini, 7- Dominic Leone, 6- Stephen Speicher, 5- John Landwehr, 4- Patrick Callan, 3- Kent Stephanoff, 2- Mariano Alvarado, 1- Kyle Hickman

Men's Open 8+ (B): Cox- Megan Palmer, 8- Mike Wither, 7- Miles Dobbyn, 6- Jordan Perez, 5- Hamilton Hiatt, 4- Ryan Daniels, 3- John McAndrew, 2- Ben Ashley, 1- Hansen Perkins

Women's Novice 8+: Cox- Monica Bennett, 8- Sam Cloonan, 7- Ainsley Cain, 6- Lauren Davis, 5- Melissa Newell, 4- Shannon McNamara, 3- Carrara Onody, 2- Rachel Kovach, 1- Jess Sappenfield

Men's Open 8+ (A): Cox: Vanessa Garrett, 8- Scott Wike, 7- Perkin DiGrazia, 6- Tim Santy, 5- John Kolenda, 4- Brandon Sorbom, 3- Mark Stellner, 2- Kevin Druffel-Rodriguez, 1- Landon Storaasli

Women's Open 8+: Cox- Candice Matheny, 8- Becky Nolan, 7- Kathryn Maloney, 6- Bettina Messerli, 5- Stephanie Speer, 4- Molly Stewart, 3- Whitney Sholl, 2- Janelle Brunette, 1- Jen Glassman

Women's Open 4+: Cox- Amy Guion, 4- Talya Courtney, 3- Larissa Meltz, 2- Brooke LeJeune, 1- Courtney Bannerman

Three boats competed at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport Beach, CA. LMU had two boats in the men's open eight with its top boat finishing tied for sixth with a time of 15:29. The winning time of 14:53 was set by UC San Diego's top boat. The Lions top boat defeated top boats from Orange Coast College, Santa Clara and UC Irvine. LMU's B boat finished with a time of 16:19.

The final entry of the weekend was the women's open eight which placed ninth with a time of 17:28. San Diego State won the event with a time of 16:46.

Lineups for the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival were:Men's Open 8+ (A): Cox: Vanessa Garrett, 8- Scott Wike, 7- Perkin DiGrazia, 6- Tim Santy, 5- John Kolenda, 4- Brandon Sorbom, 3- Mark Stellner, 2- Kevin Druffel-Rodriguez, 1- Landon Storaasli

Men's Open 8+ (B): Cox- Megan Palmer, 8- Mike Wither, 7- Miles Dobbyn, 6- Jordan Perez, 5- Hamilton Hiatt, 4- Ryan Daniels, 3- John McAndrew, 2- Ben Ashley, 1- Hansen Perkins

Women's Open 8+: Cox- Candice Matheny, 8- Becky Nolan, 7- Kathryn Maloney, 6- Bettina Messerli, 5- Stephanie Speer, 4- Molly Stewart, 3- Whitney Sholl, 2- Janelle Brunette, 1- Jen Glassman

LMU's top women's varsity boat traveled to Seattle to compete in the Head of the Lake, but high winds and rain made the conditions unsafe. It was the first time in 26 years that the event was cancelled. Since its inception in 1981, the Head of the Lake Regatta has grown to become the largest fall rowing regatta west of the Mississippi River. Rowing crews from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, District of Columbia and British Columbia were in Seattle to compete in the 2006 event.

Participating colleges included University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga, Western Washington University, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran, Seattle University, Oregon State, Oregon, Portland State, University of Portland, Stanford, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma City University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver College, and Simon Fraser University.

- GO LIONS! -