March 29, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The LMU women's rowing team was selected to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference in a preseason poll of the WCC's seven head coaches. In addition, senior Kat Regan was voted to the 10-member Preseason All-WCC Team.
San Diego was selected as the favorite to win the WCC womenʼs rowing championship. The Toreros received four first place votes in the poll and Gonzaga received three (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team). Gonzaga and San Diego have multiple selections on the Preseason All-WCC Team.
San Diego seniors Michelle Geesman, Stephanie Jegat and Hannah Patrick were selected to the preseason all- conference team. Patrick was named to the 2011 All-Conference team at the conclusion of the rowing championships, where the Toreros topped Gonzaga 36 to 30 in the final points standings.
Gonzaga was picked to finish second as voted on by the WCC rowing coaches. After spending the last four years as the head coach at Georgetown, the Bulldogs return Glenn Putyrae as the women's rowing head coach. Putyrae was the Zagsʼ coach from 1999 to 2007. Zagsʼ Senior Teddi McGuire was named to the all-conference team.
Saint Maryʼs was picked to finish third in the WCC coaches poll. Senior Chelsea Serrano was selected to the preseason all-WCC team. Serrano took part in the I Four Race for the Gaels in last yearʼs WCC Championship.
Rounding out the preseason coaches poll are LMU, Creighton, Santa Clara and Portland. Bluejaysʼ senior Christine Koehler along with sophomores Rachel Donohoe of Santa Clara and Mia Tarte from Portland were also named to the preseason all-West Coast Conference team.
The 2012 WCC Rowing Championships will take place on May 12 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
1. San Diego (4)
2. Gonzaga (3)
3. Saint Mary's
6. Santa Clara
2012 PRESASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Rachel Donohoe, Santa Clara, So.
Michelle Geesman, San Diego, Sr.
Stephanie Jegat, San Diego, Sr.
Christine Koehler, Creighton, Sr.
Teddi McGuire, Gonzaga, Sr.
Hanna Patrick, San Diego, Sr.
Kat Regan, LMU, Sr.
Chelsea Serrano, Saint Mary's
Mia Tarte, Portland, So.
Paula Welly, Gonzaga, Sr.
Note: Team listed alphabetically