Successful Day Has Zags In Three WIRA Grand Finals Sunday

Men's rowing won three of four races on first day of WIRA Championships.
Men's rowing won three of four races on first day of WIRA Championships.

April 30, 2011

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The Gonzaga University men’s rowing program had a highly successful opening day of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships Saturday. The Bulldogs, rowing on Lake Natoma, won three of their four heat races Saturday morning and now will row Sunday in the Grand Finals of the Varsity 8+, Junior Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+.

“The winds were high today, but we have experienced that all spring at Silver Lake,” explained head coach Dan Gehn after the full day of racing was over. “We dealt with it extremely well and got great results today.” 

The Zag Varsity 8+ boat, seeded 11th, won their heat with the fastest time of the day, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:17.3. UCLA crossed the finish line right behind Gonzaga at 6:17.8. Both boats will row in the Grand Final Sunday at 11:50 a.m. against UC San Diego, UC Davis, Washington State University and the University of San Diego.

The Junior Varsity 8+, seeded second, opened the rowing for Gonzaga Saturday by winning their heat by nearly six seconds. The Bulldogs closed out the course in 6:21.3, followed by second place UC San Diego B at 6:27.2. The Bulldogs and Titans will race the UC San Diego A boat, along with Orange Coast College and UC Davis in the Grand Final Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Gonzaga Novice 8+ boat had the Zags largest margin of victory Saturday, winning its heat by eight second at 6:36.8. San Diego was second with a time of 6:44.1. The Bulldogs and Toreros will join Orange Coast, Washington State and UC Santa Barbara in the Grand Final Sunday at 10:20 a.m.

The Varsity 4+ also had its heat race Saturday morning. Despite having the fifth fastest time off all the Varsity 4+ boats, it place third in its heat with a time of 7:19.4, which, unfortunately, put the Zags in the Petite Final Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs bounced back with the Petite Final win at 7:29.1 to finish seventh out of 17 teams.   

Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships – Day 1
2,000-meters/Lake Natoma/Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Varsity 8+ Heat
1. Gonzaga, 6:17.3
2. UCLA, 6:17.8
3. UC Irvine, 6:18.4
4. Orange Coast, 6:23.1
5. Sonoma State, 6:33.4

Junior Varsity 8+ Heat
1. Gonzaga, 6:21.3
2. UC San Diego, 6:27.2
3. UC Santa Barbara, 6:36.9
4. Washington State, 6:40.7



Novice 8+ Heat
1. Gonzaga, 6:36.8
2. San Diego, 6:44.1
3. UCLA, 6:54.3
4. Portland, 7:00.3
5. Arizona State, 7:05.2
6. Puget Sound, 7:25.8

Varsity 4+ Heat
1. Seattle Pacific, 7:13.8
2. UC Santa Barbara, 7:16.1
3. Gonzaga, 7:19.4
4. Puget Sound, 7:34.1
5. Arizona State, 7:42.4

Varsity 4+ Petite Final
1. Gonzaga, 7:29.1
2. Puget Sound, 7:33.8
3. Orange Coast, 7:42.5
4. San Diego, 7:46.2
5. UC San Diego, 7:50.2
6. Long Beach State, 8:06.2

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