Rowing Teams Make Strides Forward at Centennial Meet
The women's squad was victorious in the varsity eight while the men raced closely against a strong UCLA team.
March 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES - With plenty of alumni on hand as the LMU rowing program celebrated the university's centennial as well as the 50th anniversary of Lion rowing, the current men's and women's rowing squads impressed on Saturday against UCLA and San Diego State, respectively, at Ballona Creek in Marina Del Rey.
The Lions and Aztecs of SDSU went head-to-head in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races, with LMU claiming victory in top race - the varsity eight. LMU finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:56.3, well ahead of SDSU, which crossed in 7:08.3. The Lions nearly took the second varsity eight race as well, but the Aztecs edged out a three-second victory, finishing in an even seven minutes while the Lions crossed in 7:02.8.
San Diego State's "A" boat won the varsity four in 8:39.0, followed by LMU in 8:57.7 and the Aztecs' "B" boat in 8:58.5.
"It was great to race in front of the big crowd of our supporters," said LMU Director of Rowing Vaclav Kacir. "Our second varsity eight adapted well to a last minute substitution due to illness. They rowed a solid race, but we not able to find an answer to the SDSU attack in the last 500m. Despite the final result I am proud of the girls and the gutsy execution of their race. I am very happy that the varsity eight captured their second win in the dual season after a great execution of our race plan. More than ever, this weekend showed us how important it is to increase our roster and depth."
"We continue learning things after each race, regardless of the outcome," added women's assistant coach Katelin Snyder. "I am looking forward to piecing together our knowledge and gaining speed."
The Lions' men's squad went head-to-head against UCLA in a pair of races, though the Bruins were victorious in each. LMU's varsity eight took a close runner-up 6:11.1 to UCLA's winning time of 6:08.9 in the varsity eight. The Lions were also second in the freshman/novice eight race, finishing in 7:10.5.
"While we didn't come out with a win today, I was pleased with the results," said LMU men's assistant coach Tom Paradiso. "Both boats raced aggressively for a full 2,000 meters. Due to illness in both the varsity and novice eights we had last minute substitutions and were not able to race our top lineups in either crew. The varsity has made up considerable time against UCLA since last year and I expect to be even faster when we are back to full strength."
LMU WOMEN'S LINEUPS/RESULTS
LMU MEN'S LINEUPS/RESULTS
Varsity 8+ - Jennifer Sonnie (cox), Kawai Thomas, Brett Buettner, Robert Thames, Brendan Henderson, Jovan Flores, Mark Laurence, Lenny Turcios, Bobby Brennan
Frosh/Novice 8+ - Allie Shorin (cox), Caleb Nyberg, Jordan Lang, Michael Morehart, Lenny Turcios, Jovan Flores, Matt Habib, Chris Wonder, Theo Jacobson