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Pilots Debut at WCC Championships with Solid Showing
Written by Adam Linnman    Saturday, 12 May 2012 13:23   

GOLD RIVER, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots women’s rowing team competed at the West Coast Conference Rowing Championships for the first time ever on Saturday morning and debuted with a fifth-place showing at the CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma. The Pilots finished just two points out of fourth place and were only four points shy of third.

 

“The team did a fantastic job today,” Portland head coach Bill Zack said of his first-year program. “We set high goals for ourselves and I think we achieved them. This year was challenging, but I think ultimately that’s what makes it so rewarding. The women on the team have tremendous attitudes, they work hard and perform well.”

 

The San Diego Toreros claimed their third straight conference title after finishing tied with Gonzaga with 39 points. Gonzaga won both the varsity four and the second eight races, but the Toreros were awarded the league title after winning the varsity eight.

 

LMU was third with 26 points, Saint Mary’s finished fourth with 24 points and the Pilots were right behind the Lions with 22 points. Sixth-place Creighton had 12 points, while Santa Clara placed seventh with six points.

 

UP senior Sarah Ryan became the first rower in program history to earn all-conference honors after landing on the All-WCC Team following the event.

 

“I think we performed very well today and I’m so proud of all of our boats,” said Ryan. “Today was a huge accomplishment. We just went out and gave it our all, everyone was pulling for each and I’m just really happy with how everyone rowed. I think it was a really good experience and I think it’s something we can build on for next year.”

 

Portland’s varsity four began the day by finishing third with a time of 8:13.7. Gonzaga took first with a time of 7:45.8, while San Diego was second with a time of 8:04.7.

 

Next up was the UP second eight, which finished fourth and was just three seconds back of third-place LMU. The Pilots posted a time of 7:19.9, while the Lions had a time of 7:16.6. First-place Gonzaga’s time of 6:52.9 was six seconds better than the Toreros.

 

Portland’s varsity eight then concluded the day by finishing fifth as the Pilots again finished right behind LMU. UP had a time of 7:04.8, while LMU finished in fourth place with a time of 6:59.7. First-place San Diego (6:47.2) was just two seconds better than runner-up Gonzaga to win the conference championship.

 

WCC Women's Rowing Championships
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Lake Natoma (Gold River, California)

 

Final Standings
San Diego, 39*
Gonzaga, 39
Loyola Marymount, 26
Saint Mary’s, 24
Portland, 22
Creighton, 12
Santa Clara, 6
*San Diego wins tiebreaker by virtue of first place finish in Varsity Eight I.

 

I Four Race Official Results
1. Gonzaga, 7:45.8
(cox: Naseeb Bhangal; Renee Wyman; Natalie Potts; Wendy Wigg; Agatha Oleksiak)
2. San Diego, 8:04.7
(cox: Kristin Jones; Ellyan Halden; Alexis Banville; Madison Browning; Allyson Ward)
3. Portland, 8:19.4
(cox: Katelyn Freund; Kassie Meras; Camden Revell; Lucy Grimm; Amanda Marques)

4. Loyola Marymount, 8:23.2
(cox: Amanda Ballard; Jasmine Gonzalez; Dianna Safa; Stefanny Hess; Noe Vargas)
5. Saint Mary’s, 8:43.5
(cox: Jessica Sin; Rachel Alvarez; Marianna Irby; Allsion McKenzie; RebeccaBeutler)
6. Creighton, 8:58.7
(cox: Shawana Watanabe; Grace Wooldridge; Tayler Davis; Kealy O’Brien; Anne Marie Stonikas)
7. Santa Clara, 9:04.6
(cox: Crystal Au; Mary Smith; Michileen Oberst; Camille Hayes; Ana Burgos-Solis)

 

II Eight Race Official Results
1. Gonzaga, 6:52.9
(cox: Natalie Wolfrom; Christine Powers; Erin Russell; Casey Burt; AnnaOlson; Mari Schramm; Sarah Atkins; Jordan Davies; Christi Mentele)
2. San Diego, 6:58.5
(cox: Anna Yamamoto; Jenn Travis; Caitlin Bridges; Gina Schneider; Taylor Kendzierski; Garrison Daly; Mataya McNeil; Lauren Rollings; Michelle Elrich)
3. Loyola Marymount 7:16.6
(cox: Jen Koester; Emily Holland; Daniel Ciraulo; PK Jones; Paulina Lindstedt; Kelsey Dunbar; Ku’ulei Lake; Jill Denis; Katherine Wikholm)
4. Portland 7:19.9
(cox: Taylor Nelson; Suzanne Blair; Kayla Russell; Melissa Gomez; Karen Christiansen; Kendyl Daniels; Cloe Hussey; Lauren Mainero; Kelly Herman)

5. Saint Mary’s 7:23.9
(cox: Bennett Collier; Brandynne Cho; Caitlin Evans; Kira Paulin; KatherineWahl; Nicolette Pierantoni; Alexandria Iwaszewicz; Tessa Cunha; Nathalie Lambrecht)
6. Creighton 7:41.5
(cox: Hayley Pilcher; Kathryn Mindt; Lauren Roknich; Anna Balling; Christina Moore; Shannon Flannery; Katie Dougherty; Nicole Kamada; Morgan McEnery)
7. Santa Clara 7:45.8
(cox: Rissa Yaw; Bissy Rail; Kristen Hutchison; Jessica Farran; Michelle Castro; Laura Jalaian; Margaret Mendenhall; Adrienne Lohe; Brenda Arellano)

 

I Eight Race Official Results
1. San Diego, 6:47.2
(cox: Kaitlin Soper; Lindsey Dornes; Hannah Patrick; Brianna Lamb; Maggie Cole; Stephanie Jegat; Courtney Olson;Taylar Albertini; Michelle Geesman)
2. Gonzaga, 6:49.1
(cox: Jordan Schroeder; Naomi Medley; Paula Welly; Elise Perkins; Chelsea Quilling; Teddi McGuire; Olivia Miller; Malori McGill; Madison Keaty)

3. Saint Mary’s 6:56.6
(cox: Chelsea Serrano; Haley Adams; Michelle Felmlee-Gartner; Dana Cook; Maryann Concannon; Deanna Estes; Stacey Boss; Christina Bennett; Savina Brown)

4. Loyola Marymount 6:59.7
(cox: Kellyn Friere; Kat Regan; Leanne McNamee; Hanna Osborne; Margaret Boze; Jessica Kegel; Shannon Craig; Sydney Sutton-Lisworth; Chris Erhart)

5. Portland 7:04.8
(cox: Hannah Dahlem; Sarah Ryan; Michelle Bollinger; Ellie Ficco; Monica Kendall; Mia Tarte; Jamie Opra; Molly Donahue; Sarah Donohoe)

6. Creighton 7:17.1
(cox: Ellie Ritchey; Kayla Heimerman; Whitney Jenich; Laura Jo Washle; Christine Koehler; Alex Blomquist; Lauren Ramstead; Kim Boehm; Lauren Klick)

7. Santa Clara 7:31.8
(cox: Maggie Jones; Briana Wise; Rachel Donohoe; Megan Alferness; Katie Caudle; Amanda Lajoie; Carina Brocato; Blair Mitchell; Missi Giorgi)

 

 

2012 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Kim Cupini, San Diego

 

2012 West Coast Conference Co-Coxswains of the Year
Jordan Schroeder, Gonzaga
Kellyn Freire, Loyola Marymount

 

2012 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year
Naomi Medley, Gonzaga

 

2012 West Coast Conference Rower of the Year
Paula Welly, Gonzaga

 

2012 West Coast Conference All-Conference Team
Haley Adams, Saint Mary’s
Shannon Craig, Loyola Marymount
Michelle Geesman, San Diego
Christine Koehler, Creighton
Hannah Patrick, San Diego
Elise Perkins, Gonzaga
Sarah Ryan, Portland
Gina Schneider, San Diego
Paula Welly, Gonzaga
Briana Wise, Santa Clara

 

 

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University of Portland

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