Crew Set To Get 2000-2001 Season Underway

Oct. 24, 2000

The San Diego State women's crew team opens the fall portion of its 2000-01 season Saturday at the Head of American Regatta in Sacramento. The all-day event will be held on Lake Natoma. SDSU will only be sending its varsity eight to the event and will be competing at 1:45 p.m. Teams will compete on a three-mile course.

The Aztecs' varsity eight closed out its 1999-2000 season with a fifth-place finish in the petite final of the Pacific-10 Rowing Championship. SDSU raced to a time of 7 minutes, 00.90 seconds, holding off Colorado (7:09.60) for fifth. The Aztecs' second varsity eight placed sixth in the grand final with a time of 8:14.00.The highlight of SDSU's competition at the championships came by way of the first-place finish of the women's novice eight. The team won the third final with a time of 7:37.30. Meanwhile, the women's lightweight four placed fourth in the petite final by rowing a time of 9:07.30. The Aztecs lightweight-eight finished the year ranked 12th nationally.

Top recruits this season include Jessica Modezelski, a 6-1 discus thrower from Cactus Shadows High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Beckah Beltz, a multi-sport athlete at San Lorenzo Valley HS in Santa Cruz, Janelle Fournier, a volleyball and softball standout and teammate of Beltz at San Lorenzo Valley, Sarah Lattus, a former junior Olympic swim team member from Durham High School in Durham, Calif., and Nicole Peter, a water polo player from San Clemente High School.

SDSU is led by third-year head coach Scott Steckel. Steckel is assisted by Kevin Waldick, in his third season with the program, and newcomers Helen Betancourt and Raj Shah. Betancourt and Shah both competed on the U.S. Olympic national rowing team in the Sydney Olympics.

SDSU will continue the fall portion of its schedule when it hosts the San Diego State Fall Classic Nov. 5. The event will be held at the San Diego Rowing Club in Mission Bay.

Head coach Scott Steckel says:
About this weekend's event: "This week will give us good competition considering we are competing against some of the better programs in the country in Stanford, Cal, and UC Davis. The weekend should be fun and will give our team a chance to see where we stand."

Regarding the team's fitness: "I look at the season more like a marathon than a sprint. I think we are starting out well in terms of getting is shape. The team is where I expected it to be at this point."

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