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WCC Announces 2016 Rowing Preseason Poll and All-WCC Team

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After advancing to the NCAA Championship for the second time in three seasons in 2015, Gonzaga University has been selected to win the 2016 West Coast Conference women's rowing championship in a preseason poll of the league’s seven head coaches. The defending WCC Champion Bulldogs earned 36 points and the maximum six first place votes, while 2014 WCC Champion University of San Diego followed with 31 points and the remaining first place vote for the second place spot. 

Gonzaga earned the highest preseason ranking in program history (18) entering the 2016 campaign and currently ranks No. 19 nationally in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. 

Saint Mary’s College and Loyola Marymount University each collected 23 points for a share of third place in the preseason poll, while the University of Portland landed in the fifth spot with 17 votes. Santa Clara University (10 points), and Creighton University (7 points) rounded out the poll. 

All seven WCC rowing teams are represented on the preseason All-West Coast Conference team, led by Gonzaga with four selections, San Diego with three, and the remaining five schools with two apiece. 

2016 WCC Preseason Rowing Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. Gonzaga

(6)

36

2. San Diego

(1)

31

3. Saint Mary’s

 

23

3. Loyola Marymount

 

23

5. Portland

 

17

6. Santa Clara

 

10

7. Creighton

 

7

 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Rowing Team

 

Name

Institution

Yr.

 

Uche Anyanwu

San Diego

Jr.

 

Brooklyn Beeler

Gonzaga

Sr.

 

Devyn Bell

Gonzaga

Sr.

 

Sarah Birnbaum

Creighton

Sr.

 

Katie Bond

Santa Clara

Sr.

 

Whitney Coriolan

Creighton

Jr.

 

Megan Goodman

San Diego

Jr.

 

Maggie Keller

Portland

Sr.

 

Avalon Koenig

San Diego

Sr.

 

Beatrice McGinnis

Saint Mary’s

Jr.

 

Ruth Morris

Loyola Marymount

Gr.

 

Briar Murphy

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

 

Brianna Pero

Saint Mary’s

So.

 

Kara Soucek

Gonzaga

Sr.

 

Molly Templin

Portland

Sr.

 

Maddie Turbes

Gonzaga

Sr.

 

Molly Walker

Santa Clara

Sr.