Men's Pairs Takes Third Straight WIRA Title
BreitReed and Hutchison win back-to-back championships
May 3, 2011
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - LMU's Bo BreitReed and Kyle Hutchison claimed their second straight Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship over the weekend, lifting the Lions to their third consecutive men's pairs WIRA title and fourth in five years. Their performance highlighted a strong showing from the LMU men, who also placed second in the lightweight four.
A year ago, BreitReed, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., and Hutchison, a senior from Emerald Hills, Calif., gained their first WIRA title after finishing second in the preliminary heat before storming to victory in the final by dropping their time by nearly 30 seconds. This year, they earned back-to-back titles by shaving 20 seconds off their heat time. On Saturday, the LMU pair posted the fastest time of the two heats, finishing in 7:38.3, a mere 1.7 seconds ahead of Sacramento State in 7:40.0. UCLA placed third in 7:44.9, with Chapman fourth in 7:47.9 and Cal fifth in 7:48.4.
On the heels of LMU's men's pairs win, the men's lightweight four took home a silver medal with a tight finish. The Lions battled Cal for the entire race but the Bears edged out the Lions by 1.7 seconds at the line, taking first in 6:55.6 to LMU's 6:57.3. Washington State placed third in 7:02.2, UC Davis was fourth in 7:06.8, and Oregon was fifth in 7:26.2. The boat featured Evan Yates, Brett Buettner, Jes Bickhart, Kawai Akiona, and was coxed by Sam DeMeyer.
LMU's third boat that competed over the weekend was the novice eight, which placed second in the Third Final after finishing fifth in its heat. The Lions were able to drop nearly 50 seconds off of their heat time in the Third Final to hold off third-place Long Beach State by eight-tenths of a second.
Lake Natoma (Rancho Cordova, California)