Lions to Face Ranked USC

Kristi Adams and the Lions' Varsity 8 will row against No. 12 USC.
Kristi Adams and the Lions' Varsity 8 will row against No. 12 USC.

April 8, 2005

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Just Briefly
The Loyola Marymount University crew team will travel to the Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro as they will take on USC on Saturday, April 9. The Trojans are currently ranked 12th by the CRCA/US Rowing Coahces Poll. The racing will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Women's Varsity 4. Races will run every 20 minutes.

Race Schedule:
9:00am- Women's Varsity 4
9:20am- Women's Varsity 8
9:40am- Men's Varsity 8
10:00am- Men's Novice/JV 8
10:20am- Women's 2nd Varsity 8
10:40am- Women's Novice 8
11:00am- Men's Novice 4

San Diego Classic
The Loyola Marymount University crew program had a good showing at the 2005 San Diego Crew Classic on April 2-3, as the Men's Novice 8 and the Women's Light 8 each advanced to the Grand Final. The biggest lift for the Lions came from the Women's Light 8. Fielding a team for the first time in 15 years, the team consisting of Lisa Mercurio (cox), Amy Lauber, Larissa Meltz, Diana Mazenko, Laura Mayer, Kathryn Maloney, Jen Aronson, Syliva Olvera and Andrea Calcagno earned a trip to the Grand Final on Sunday. Racing in Heat B on Saturday, the Lions placed third with a time of 7:33.63 to advance to the grand final. They finished fifth overall in the Grand Final with a time of 7:29.28. The Men's Novice 8 continues their impressive season with a trip to the Grand Final. They took second of six in Heat B on Saturday with a time of 6:38.61. They then finished sixth overall in the Gueller Memorial Cup in a time of 6:39.78. Racing for the Novice 8 were Dan Rios (cox), Scott Wike, Oliver White, Perkin DiGrazia, Dave Cronin, Mike O'Hara, Mark Stellner, Landon Storaasli and Andy Helmer. The Women's Varsity 8 also made history by racing in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, which features the top crew programs in the nation. The Lions picked up a win be defeating Purdue on Sunday in the Petite Final with a time of 7:07.82. Racing for the Women's Varsity 8 was Jenn Guess (Cox), Caitlin McClain, Mani Hietbrink, Vanessa Glendenning, Liz Stewart, Kristi Adams, Becky Nolan, Erin Ludwig and Jill Austin. Also advancing was the Men's Varsity 8 with a time of 6:27.9 in Heat C on Saturday. The team of Lisa Mercurio (cox), Adam Baker, Jason Lake, Warren Anderson, Tim Santy, Scott Henderson, Chris Schu, Matt Dobson and Jim Puccetti advanced to the Petite Final where they finished sixth with a time of 6:26.23. In addition, the Lions dedicated a new Resolute racing shell. It was donated to the program by the Molitor family and has been named the John J. Molitor. Cynthia Molitor and her children donated the shell in honor of John, her deceased husband. John is a Loyola University alum. Current LMU rower Elizabeth Stewart is Cynthia's granddaughter.

WCC Challenge
The Loyola Marymount University crew team earned seven wins in head-to-head competition during the 2005 West Coast Conference Challenge over the weekend in Lake Natoma, Calif. The Lions Men's Novice 8 team highlighted the racing, going a perfect 3-0 on the weekend. The Lions, taking on teams from the WCC and other schools from the west, raced against Santa Clara, Sacramento State, San Diego, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and Stanford. The Men's Novice 8 team was impressive, defeating Santa Clara by nearly a minute in the first race on Saturday morning. That afternoon they defeated Sacramento State by 15 seconds, finishing in a time of 7:07.5. Their best time of the day came in the race on Sunday, defeating San Diego with a time of 6:30.9. The LMU Women's Varsity 8 earned a win over Saint Mary's in the afternoon races on Saturday, finishing in a time of 8:23.7. It was 18 seconds better than the Gaels. Also picking up wins on the weekend was the Men's Varsity 8 against Saint Mary's. They finished in a time of 7:31.0, 17 seconds better than the Toreros. The Women's Second Varsity 8 also earned a win, finishing in a time of 8:55.9 to defeat Santa Clara by 17 seconds. The Women's Novice 8 was also victories, earning a time of 7:37.8 to defeat Saint Mary's in the final race of the day.

All-Conference Honors
Thanks to impressive showings at the WCC Championship on April 30 and the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 1-2, the LMU women's crew team earned individual honors to go with one of the most successful seasons in program history. Juniors Caitlin McClain and Vanessa Glendenning were both named first-team WCC All-Conference and first-team WIRA All-Association after leading their teams to the Varsity 8 Championship in both events. Joining McClain and Glendenning on the All-WIRA first-team was senior Lot Keijzer. The pair of all-conference honors in the WCC is the most ever in one season. The Varsity 8 earned first place for the first time to help five-year Head Coach Patrick Kelly to his second WCC Coach of the Year honors. The three All-WIRA selections equals last year's number as the Lions' Varsity 8 won the Grand Final championship for the second straight year. The back-to-back WIRA Championships is the first in program history and earned Kelly back-to-back WIRA Coach of the Year honors. McClain, Glendenning and Keijzer have led the Lions to new levels of success.

More Honors
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association placed more honors on the LMU crew team as Vanessa Glendenning earned second-team West All-Region honors. The CRCA also named Caitlin McClain, Naomi Hoogesteger, Erin Ludwig and Blake Boyer to the Academic West All-Region team. McClain took the honors a step further, earning First-Team CoSIDA District VIII Academic Honors. With the first-team honor, she was a finalist for the Academic All-America honors. Completing the honors in 2004 was Hoogesteger, McClain, and Ludwig with Academic All-WCC accolades.

Coach Kelly
The 2004-05 season is the sixth for Head Coach Patrick Kelly of the men's and women's crew programs. In his five seasons, the Lions have won more Varsity 8 championships in his tenure than any other combined. The accomplishments have earned Kelly two WCC and WIRA Coach of the Year honors. Kelly rowed varsity for the Lions for four seasons and served as team captain in 1987 and 1988.





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