Novice 8+ Wins Gold; Varsity Takes Silver At WIRA Championships

The Novice 8+ won for the fifth time in six years.
 
The Novice 8+ won for the fifth time in six years.
 
 

May 1, 2011

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The Gonzaga University women’s rowing team capped off its 2011 season at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships Sunday winning gold in one race, silver in two races and bronze in two others. The Bulldogs, rowing on Lake Natoma just outside Sacramento, Calif., also closed out the championships 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 weekend were the Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ both taking third in their Grand Finals.  

“I am extremely proud of the effort put forth by all the boats today,” explained Zag head coach Melissa Flint after the awards ceremony. “The team worked really hard the past two weeks and it showed this weekend. Each boat fought hard down the race course. It was a successful weekend for Gonzaga.”

The Zag Novice 8+ boat won its heat race on Saturday and then cemented their dominance on Sunday with a seven-second victory. The Bulldogs crossed the finish line in 7:01.1, followed in second by Sacramento State University at 7:08.1. Rounding out the top three was the University of San Diego at 7:14.9.

“It is always nice to bring home a trophy,” stated Flint. “The Novice 8+ put together a great season and capped it off with another strong race this morning.”

San Diego, who won the West Coast Conference Championships for the second-consecutive year Friday, had a quick start in the Varsity 8+ and never really was tested as it earned the victory in a time of 6:31.1. From the start, the battle for second was between both Gonzaga and Sacramento State. The Bulldogs came out on top, placing second with a solid time of 6:33.4. Sacramento State closed out the course 1.2 seconds later at 6:34.6.

Also earning silver for Gonzaga was the Second Novice 8+ boat. San Diego beat the Bulldogs to the finish line by a mere.4 seconds. The Toreros had a time of 7:19.1 and the Bulldogs were clocked in at 7:19.5. Finishing third was UC Santa Barbara at 7:43.9. 

The Second Varsity 8+ Grand Final was won by Sacramento State in 6:51.8. Gonzaga took third in 7:00.1.

The Varsity 4+ Grand Final was also won by Sacramento State. SSU had the winning time of 7:30.3. Gonzaga finished third in 7:44.9.

Rachel Schlosser, Sami Koppinger and Hannah Winters each were named to the All-WIRA First Team, while Christine Powers and Madison Keaty garnered All-WIRA Second Team accolades.

First Team All-WIRA
Rachel Schlosser
Sami Koppinger
Hannah Winters


 

 

Second Team All-WIRA
Christine Powers
Madison Keaty

Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships – Day 2 Results
Lake Natoma – 2,000-meters

Varsity 8+ Grand Final
1. San Diego, 6:31.1
2. Gonzaga, 6:33.4
3. Sacramento State, 6:34.6
4. UC Davis, 6:46.2
5. Saint Mary’s, 6:48.7
6. San Diego State, 6:50.1
7. Creighton, 7:00.8

Second Varsity 8+ Grand Final
1. Sacramento State, 6:51.8
2. San Diego, 6:56.5
3. Gonzaga, 7:00.1
4. San Diego State, 7:09.9
5. Saint Mary’s, 7:12.2
6. Creighton, 7:20.4

Novice 8+ Grand Final
1. Gonzaga, 7:01.1
2. Sacramento State, 7:08.1
3. San Diego, 7:14.9
4. Puget Sound, 7:17.8
5. UC Santa Barbara, 7:22.5
6. Orange Coast, 7:46.7

Second Novice 8+ Grand Final
1. San Diego, 7:19.1
2. Gonzaga, 7:19.5
3. UC Santa Barbara, 7:43.9

Varsity 4+ Grand Final
1. Sacramento State, 7:30.3
2. San Diego, 7:40.3
3. Gonzaga, 7:44.9
4. San Diego State, 8:11.0
5. UC Davis, 8:14.0
6. Saint Mary’s, 8:16.7
7. Creighton, 8:45.5

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