Zags Claim Their Third-Straight WCC Championship, NCAA Championships Next
May 13, 2017
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Gonzaga Bulldogs won their third-straight West Coast Conference Championship with their second three-race sweep in program history on Saturday on Lake Natoma just outside of Sacramento.
The Bulldogs claimed their 16th WCC Championship in program history and will travel to the NCAA Championships for the third-straight year, and fourth overall, May 26-28, in Lake Mercer, N.J. The WCC Championship performance tied the best in program history, as they swept the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four races for the first time since 2008.
“It was a great day for our team,” Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae. “This season has been so challenging at times, and to have our best performance at our conference championship and earn the opportunity to spend two more weeks together is really special. We challenged the team to show everyone on shore how much they care for each other by racing their best. It is safe to say they embraced the challenge. Tomorrow we will see seven seniors who raced today graduate and then we will get back to work preparing for the next challenge.”
The Zags still needed to win the varsity eight race, as San Diego finished runner-up in the varsity four and second varsity eight races, and the winner of the final race would claim the overall championship. The varsity eight and varsity four races were open water wins for the Zags, with the second varsity eight race being a two-second win for GU. The Zags top crew took their 15th win in program history, and third straight. The second varsity eight won for the 14th time, and first since 2013. The varsity four won their ninth WCC Championships race, and first since 2012. The second varsity four took an open water win with a time of 7:30.0.
The Zags opened the day with a 10-second win over USD in the varsity four race with no wind, coming in at 7:10.15. It was their fastest time at the event by 17 seconds and their fastest time this season. Loyola Marymount came in third 29 seconds behind GU. The second varsity eight held off USD for a two-second victory at 6:36.32 with a 5-9 mph wind, beating their best time at the event in program history, set last year, by six seconds. LMU was again in third, 21 seconds behind. Gonzaga then completed the sweep with a five-second win over USD in the varsity eight race with a time of 6:25.76 with 4-10 mph wind, their second-fastest time this year, with LMU 19 seconds behind in third.
Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third-straight time and eighth time overall. Freshman Alexa Jadallah was named the WCC Coxswain of the Year after leading GU to victory in the varsity eight race. Freshman Caroline Maguire was tabbed the newcomer of the year, rowing with GU’s top crew this season. Micailah Donner, Olivia Marsh, Meghan McCallum, and Isabelle Belzil were all named All-WCC, as all four were named Preseason All-WCC. All four rowed with GU’s top crew this season and are all first time All-WCC selections.
Next up for the Bulldogs is their fourth trip to the NCAA Championships, held this year in Lake Mercer, N.J. The Zags finished a program-record 16th last season and 17th in 2015 at the NCAA Championships.
2017 West Coast Conference Rowing Championship
2017 West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Major Awards
2017 All-West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Team
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