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Rowing Medals In Two Races at WIRA Champs


April 27, 2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The San Diego State rowing team found success on the second and final day of the WIRA Championship regatta Sunday. In the first two races of the day, the Aztecs took silver and bronze medals, respectively. In addition, two SDSU crews took first in their petite final events.

The morning's competition got off to a great start for the Aztecs as the varsity four boat took second place in the grand final, just behind host Sacramento State, with a time of 7 minutes, 53.1 seconds. The crew took home silver medals, the best showing for San Diego State.

In the novice four grand final, SDSU claimed its second medal of the day, a bronze. The Aztecs came in just behind Portland (7:57.3) and Long Beach State (8:15.1) with a time of 8:23.16.

The second varsity eight petite final would see the first of two first place finishes for San Diego State. In the petite final, the Aztec's `B' boat defeated Santa Clara (7:37.97) by more than 17 seconds with a time of 7:20.5.

In the grand final for the second varsity eight crews, SDSU's `A' boat clocked a time of 7:04.19. The posted time warranted a fourth place finish in a tight race. Host Sacramento State took first with a time of 6:53.1.

In the final event of the regatta for the Aztecs, the varsity eight crew took first in their petite final. SDSU crossed the finish line with a time of 7:10.3 while second place finishers, Santa Clara clocked in at 7:34.51.

"(The WIRA) regatta was a great showing for our program and the team showed depth," said assistant coach Heather Crichton. "It is great to see two boats come home with hardware and to experience quality racing. We are excited to face USD on Friday as it will be the final tune up before our Conference USA outing."

The Aztecs will have their final home outing on Friday, May 2 when they face crosstown rival, San Diego, on Mission Bay.

Results:

Women's Varsity Four Grand Final:
SAC - 7:38.6
SDSU - 7:53.1
Saint Mary's - 7:57.96
Portland - 8:02.51
Loyola Marymount - 8:11.03

Women's Novice Four Grand Final:
Portland - 7:57.3
Long Beach State - 8:15.1
SDSU - 8:23.16
Saint Mary's - 8:30.76
UCI - 8:40.99
CAL Lt - 8:45.42

Women's Second Varsity Eight Petite Final:
SDSU `B' - 7:20.5
Santa Clara - 7:37.97

Women's Second Varsity Eight Grand Final:
SAC - 6:53.1
Saint Mary's - 6:56.79
Portland - 6:57.63
SDSU `A' - 7:04.19
Stanford Lightweight - 7:05.17
Loyola Marymount - 7:14.29

Women's Varsity Eight Petite Final:
SDSU - 7:10.3
Santa Clara - 7:34.51

Lineups:

First Varsity Eight: Allison Litzinger (bow), Hillary Lupo (two), Allison Jones (three), Christa Carrillo (four), Vera Brockherde (five), Chelsee Brewster (six), Julia Brockherde (seven), Sarah Hultin (stroke) and Stephanie Schulman (coxswain).

Second Varsity Eight: Samantha Flores (bow), Kaitlyn Goss (two), Halei Warren (three), Campbell Oreglia (four), Mackenzie Morgan (five), Annalisa Duarte (six), Jessica Haggard (seven), Ciara Estrada (stroke) and Courtney Siemsen (coxswain).

Varsity Four: Elizabeth Edmonds (bow), Rachel Borden (two), Olivia Kirkpatrick (three), Sarah Winfield (stroke) and Alyssa Lua (coxswain).

Novice Four: Haley Peterson (bow), Paige Gugino (two), Christina Charlton (three), Bailey Buhrer (stroke) and Stuti Desai (coxswain).

Second Varsity Eight `B': Jamie Darling (bow), Alex Accornero (two), Bianca Pires (three), Stephanie Osmond (four), Miranda Orsinelli-Rivers (five), Michaela Gentosi (six), Haley Burton (seven), Patricia Gabbard (stroke) and Cassandra Houy (coxswain).