Feb. 20, 2013
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Loyola Marymount women's rowing is picked to finish fourth in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's seven head coaches, the league office released Wednesday.
Gonzaga, last year's runner-up by virtue of a tie break, was selected to finish first, earning four first-place votes and 34 total points. The 2012 team champion, San Diego, comes in second in the 2013 preseason poll with three first-place votes and 31 points.
Portland was selected third with 25 points, followed by the Lions in fourth with 22 points. Rounding out the poll were Saint Mary's in fifth with 18 points, Creighton in sixth with 10 points and Santa Clara in seventh with seven points.
In addition to the team poll, the league released it's 2013 Preseason All-WCC Team which included a pair of Lions in the form of sophomores Kelsey Dunbar and Jessica Kegel.
Kegel was a member of the Lions' varsity eight crew last season, helping the team to a fourth-place finish int he V8+ race at the WCC Championship. Dunbar rowed in the 2V8+ boat that placed third one year ago.
The Lions, who placed third in the overall team standings at the 2012 WCC Championship, begin their spring season on March 9, hosting a duel meet against crosstown rival UCLA at Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey.
2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. Gonzaga (4) 34
2. San Diego (3) 31
3. Portland 25
4. LMU 22
5. Saint Mary's 18
6. Creighton 10
7. Santa Clara 7
2013 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Name, School, Year
Haley Adams, Saint Mary's, Jr.
Taylar Albertini, San Diego, Sr.
Megan Alferness, Santa Clara, Jr.
Naseeb Bhangal, Gonzaga, Jr.
Carina Brocato, Santa Clara, Jr.
Casey Burt, Gonzaga, So.
Maryann Concannon, Saint Mary's, Jr.
Hannah Dahlem, Portland, Jr.
Lindsey Dornes, San Diego, Sr.
Kelsey Dunbar, LMU, So.
Madison Keaty, Gonzaga, Jr.
Jessica Kegel, LMU, So.
Malori McGill, Gonzaga, Jr.
Kaitlin Soper, San Diego, Sr.
Anne Marie Stonikas, Creighton, So.
Mia Tarte, Portland, Sr.
Laura Jo Washle, Creighton, Jr.