April 17, 2008
LMU rowing faces its final test before the season-ending competitions as it goes head-to-head with UC Davis Sunday morning at Ballona Creek. The Lions will be looking for improved times and performances as it tunes up for the West Coast Conference and Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in two weeks.
"This weekend will be a good opportunity for us to race a fast team as we prepare for our conference championship," Women's Varsity Coach Sara-Mai Conway said."
Three races are scheduled in the dual meet that starts at 9 a.m. First up is the women's varsity eight. LMU will send out a boat containing coxswain Candice Matheny, Mary Foster, Alexa Aftias, Sydney Johnson, Jill Austin, Alli Mitrovich, Bettina Messerli, Jen Glassman, and Liz LaLond. The Lions are ranked seventh in the first WIRA Coaches Poll of the season - dated April 16 - and will battle a UC Davis crew that won the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic two weeks ago and is currently ranked first in the WIRA Coaches Poll.
The women's varsity four follows at 9:15 a.m. LMU's varsity boat features coxswain Kayla Pietruszka, Michelle Herrerias, Kathleen Foster, and Larissa Meltz.
The second varsity eight concludes the day's action at 9:30 a.m. Coxswain Jenn Guess, Stephanie Speer, Brittany Teleng, Adrienne Lindstrom, Marni Hietbrink, Kathryn Holzberger, Sydney Swanson, Courtney Bannerman, and Talya Courtney comprise LMU's lineup. The race should be another tight one as the Lions are ranked sixth in the 2V8 poll, three spots behind the Aggies.
LMU will take the next two weeks off from competition as it prepares for the championship season in May. The Lions will travel to Lake Natoma outside Sacramento for the WCC Championships on May 2, followed by the WIRA Championships May 3-4.