April 29, 2011
WIRA Schedule in PDF Format
SPOKANE, Wash. -
ON TAP: The Gonzaga University men's rowing team heads to Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., to compete in this weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The Bulldogs are entered into four races: Varsity 8+, Junior Varsity 8+, Novice 8+ and the Varsity 4+. Heat racing begins on Saturday with the Finals on Sunday.
LAST YEAR AT THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2010 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships saw the Gonzaga University men's rowing team claiming gold in the Novice 4+, silver in the Junior Varsity 8+ and bronze in the Novice 8+. The Bulldogs, whose Varsity 8+ boat took fourth, placed second in the Efficiency Trophy standings and third for the Total Points Trophy.
HEAD COACH Dan Gehn'S THOUGHTS ON THE WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS: "It has been an interesting year with some ups and downs but I think we are ready to go this weekend!"
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships are even more important this season as there are qualifying spots on the line for the IRA National Championships. If the Varsity 8+ finishes in the top two on Sunday it automatically earns a spot at the National Championships June 2-4 in Cherry Hills, N.J. Also, if the Varsity 8+ does finish in the top two, and the Junior Varsity 8+ and Freshman 8+ win gold at the WIRA's they also would earn an automatic berth in the IRA's.
WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE: The Gonzaga University men's rowing team will race four boats at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.
The Junior Varsity 8+ boat will start the racing off for the Bulldogs at 9:20 a.m. in the second of two heats. GU, in lane one, are joined by UC San Diego B, Washington State University and UC Santa Barbara. The Junior Varsity 8+ Petite Final is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and the Grand Final is Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Varsity 8+ boat is the second to race on Saturday for Gonzaga, beginning its race at 10:20 a.m. in the second of three heats. The Bulldogs, in lane four, will face UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, UCLA and Sacramento State University. The Varsity 8+ Grand Final is Sunday at 11:50 a.m., the Petite Final is Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and the Third Final is Sunday at 11:10 a.m.
The third heat race of the day on Saturday for the Zags will be the Novice 8+, scheduled to race in the third heat at 11 a.m. Gonzaga, in lane one, will race the University of San Diego, UCLA, UC Irvine, the University of Puget Sound and the University of Oregon. The Third Final for the Novice 8+ will be Saturday at 2:50 p.m.; the Petite Final on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. and the Grand Final on Sunday at 10:20 a.m.
The final heat race on Saturday for Gonzaga will be the Varsity 4+. The Bulldogs will race in the first heat, be in lane three, and will face Seattle Pacific University, Chapman University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Puget Sound and Arizona State University. The Third Final for the Varsity 4+ will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m., the Petite Final is Saturday at 3:40 p.m. and the Grand Final will be on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Varsity 8+: Taylor Mattheiesen, Andrew Krug, Connor Wege, Kenny Mentele, Tim Doupe, Benji Schwarz, Matt White, Stephen McEvoy, Bennett Shultz.
Junior Varsity 8+: Enrique Alvarado, Sahan Fernando, Erik Strand, Sean Ryan, Dane Pavlik, Dan Rinker, Nick Willard, Stuart McDonald, David Wayne.
Novice 8+: Kayla Cartelli, Davis Lockett, Jordan Chapin, Mike MacPherson, Rick Ruddell, Zach O'Neill, Zack O'Connor, Jeremy Fabatz, Adam Obengerger.
Varsity 4+: Jessica Sutterman, Frankie Russo, Jeremy Lazzara, Zach Gray, Aaron Gonzales.