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Rowing Picks Up Two Wins At Sacramento State

SDSU took two races in the first outing of the season.
SDSU took two races in the first outing of the season.

March 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO - The San Diego State women's rowing team opened its spring season on the road and took two races on Saturday. The Aztecs won two of five races on Lake Natoma at the dual match against the Hornets. The dual race between the two schools was a preview of what is to come next season when the two institutions become members of Conference USA in rowing.

In the second novice eight race, the SDSU boat, consisting of Kaitlyn True (coxswain), Molly Jacobs (stroke), Kelsey Meksto (seven), Jade Settoon (six), Patricia Gabbard (five), Phoebe Morris (four), Heidi Vettel (three), Jennie Ann Imbsen (two), Devon Cason (bow), completed the race in seven minutes, 43.2 seconds, about five seconds better than host Sacramento State's two boats.

"Overall it was a good weekend for us," said head coach Allison Abrams. "We've always been competitive with Sacramento State in the WIRA Conference and I'm excited to continue the rivalry in Conference USA next season."

San Diego State also took first in the varsity four race, with a boat carrying Gina Navarro (coxswain), Sarah Hultin (stroke), Samantha Flores (seven), Alicia Vaugeois (six) and Brittany Harris (five). The crew finished the race with a time of 8:00.4, just narrowly edging Sacramento State's boat `A' (8:00.6).

"The second novice eight and varsity four had amazing races and pushed hard for the win," Abrams said. "Our varsity eight and novice eight raced really well and are in good position to pick up speed over the coming weeks."

The Aztecs (7:16.4) came in just behind the Hornets (7:13.4) in the novice eight race. Sacramento State posted nearly the exact same time in the second varsity eight race (7:13.3) as it outpaced SDSU (7:38.6). The hosting school also took the varsity eight race with a time of 7:09.7 to San Diego State's 7:15.5.

Up next, the Aztecs will take to the water at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 6-7 at Mission Bay in San Diego.

San Diego State at Sacramento State
Lake Natoma
Gold River, Calif.

Novice 8
1. Sacramento - 7:13.4
2. SDSU - 7:16.4

Second Varsity 8
1. Sacramento - 7:13.3
2. SDSU - 7:38.6

Varsity 8
1. Sacramento - 7:09.7
2. SDSU - 7:15.5

Second Novice 8
1. SDSU - 7:43.2
2. Sacramento `B' - 7:48.1
3. Sacramento `A' - 7:53.3

Varsity 4
1. SDSU - 8:00.4
2. Sacramento `A' - 8:00.6
3. Sacramento `B' - 8:15.9

Lineups
Varsity Eight: Courtney Siemsen (coxswain), Chelsee Brewster (stroke), Vivianna Smith (seven), Julia Brockherde (six), Vera Brockherde (five), Romaine Desclos (four), Mariah Sullivan (three), Kaitlyn Goss (two) and Elizabeth West (bow).

Second Varsity Eight: Stephanie Norviel (coxswain), Rae Backens (stroke), Mackenzie Morgan (seven), Cassie Wilson (six), Miranda Orsinelli-Rivers (five), Michaela Gentosi (four), Alex Accornero (three), Veronica McLean (two) and Lindsay Hillman (bow).

Varsity Four: Gina Navarro (coxswain), Sarah Hultin (stroke), Samantha Flores (seven), Alicia Vaugeois (six) and Brittany Harris (five).

Novice Eight: Kendall Lyng (coxswain), Jessica Haggard (stroke), Annalisa Duarte (seven), Haley Burton (six), Campbell Oreglia (five), Melissa Scholz (four), Elise Newton (three), Allison Litzinger (two) and Katherine Carrasco (bow).

Second Novice Eight: Kaitlyn True (coxswain), Molly Jacobs (stroke), Kelsey Meksto (seven), Jade Settoon (six), Patricia Gabbard (five), Phoebe Morris (four), Heidi Vettel (three), Jennie Ann Imbsen (two) and Devon Cason (bow).