SPOKANE, Wash. -

ON TAP:  The Gonzaga University women's rowing team heads to Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The WIRA's are held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma, April 28-29. The Zags are looking to claim the Junior Varsity 8+ victory for the fifth time in eight years and the Novice 8+ win for the sixth time in seven years at the WIRA's.

WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE: The Gonzaga University women's rowing team will race four boats at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships; the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and Novice 8+.

The Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ will both be finals only, set for Sunday. The Varsity 8+ will have two heats on Saturday, with the finals on Sunday. The Novice 8+ will also have two heats on Saturday, with the Petite Final set for Saturday afternoon and the Grand Final Sunday.

COACH GLENN PUTYRAE ON THE UPCOMING WIRA'S: "This weekend is different for us than in year's past. For about 10 years now the West Coast Conference Championship was the same weekend, it now is not until later in May. So to have this championship as a stand-alone event makes it unique for us this year.

"I believe we are starting to hit our stride and our best racing is yet to come. I am also excited for the first-year novices as this is the culminating event for them."

FOR RESULTS: To get the quickest results and updates on the Gonzaga University women's rowing at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships check the Zag rowing twitter account at www.twitter.com/zagsrowing or their facebook page at www.facebook.com/zagsrowing.


Varsity 8+ - Heat 2 - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, UC Davis, San Diego State University)

Novice 8+ Heat 1 - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. (Gonzaga, UC Davis, Orange Coast College, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara University, University of Oregon).

Novice 8+ Petite Final - Saturday, 3:20 p.m. (TBA)

Varsity 4+ Final - Sunday, 8:10 a.m. (Sacramento State, Gonzaga Loyola Marymount University, Saint Mary's, San Diego State).

Novice 8+ Final - Sunday, 10:10 a.m. (TBA)

Second Varsity 8+ Final - Sunday, 10:50 a.m. (Gonzaga, Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount, San Diego State, Saint Mary's).

Varsity 8+ Petite Final - Sunday, 11:20 a.m. (TBA)

Varsity 8+ Final - Sunday, Noon (TBA)

**Full schedule, with lane assignments is attached in PDF format.


Varsity 8+: Jordan Schroeder, Naomi Medley, Paula Welly, Elise Perkins, Chelsea Quilling, Teddi McGuire, Becca Benoit, Malori McGill, Madison Keaty.

Second Varsity 8+: Natalie Wolfrom, Christine Powers, Erin Russell, Casey Burt, Anna Olson, Olivia Miller, Sarah Atkins, Jordan Davies, Christy Mentele.

Novice 8+: Jennifer Hill, Olivia Murphy, Natalie Potts, Jamee Mason, Erin Magee, Kelly Strader, Hilary Syvertson, Mary Haffner, Monica Clark.

Varsity 4+: Naseeb Bhangal, Renee Wyman, Mari Schramm, Wendy Wigg, Agatha Oleksiak.

LAST YEAR AT THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Gonzaga University women's rowing squad capped off its 2011 season at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships winning gold in one race, silver in two races and bronze in two others. The Bulldogs also closed out the championship finishing second in the Total Points Trophy. The Bulldog Novice 8+ captured gold for the fifth time in six years, while the Varsity 8+ and Second Novice 8+ both placed second in their respective races. Rounding out the championship were the Second Varsity 8+ and the Varsity 4+ each took third in their Grand Finals.