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Aztecs log second, third and first place finishes on Lake Natoma


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April 29, 2018 (Gold River, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s rowing team competed in its final events at the WIRA Championships on Sunday, April 29, on Lake Natoma where in Sunday’s final events, the Aztecs logged a second place finish in the varsity eight, third in the second varsity eight and first place in the varsity four.

After earning the No. 2 lane in Saturday’s preliminary event, the SDSU V8 crew battled keep up with the Stanford Lightweight women, but ultimately fell back and the Cardinal finished in 6:40.296, a few seconds of open water ahead of the Aztecs’ second place time of 6:45.496. Finishing third was the LMU V8 crew (6:48.675), just two seconds ahead of Sacramento State (6:50.257). The Hornets clocked in with a great deal of open water ahead of Saint Mary’s (7:09.631), Seattle University (7:13.597) and Santa Clara (7:17.664).

The 2V8 boats got off the dock about 10 minutes before the anticipated 9:30 a.m. start time and each crew finished the race in the same order as its lane positioning. The Stanford lightweight gained open water over Sacramento State early and claimed gold with a 6:51.692 finish, eight seconds ahead of Sac State (6:59.534). The Aztecs were unable to catch the Hornets towards the end and settled for third place with a 7:02.502 finish, improving its Saturday time by five seconds. Trailing the Aztecs were LMU (7:11.516), St. Mary’s (7:25.713) and Santa Clara (7:33.534).

With the top lane position, the Aztec V4 finished its 10:20 a.m. race with a two second lead over LMU with a time of 7:44.361. LMU (7:46.951) distanced themselves from third place finisher Sac State (7:51.657), and the Hornets came in 10 seconds ahead of Stanford (8:01.135). Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara’s V4 crews finished a great deal of open water behind the top four boats, clocking in at 8:38.094 and 8:47.135, respectively.


“Sunday went well,” head coach Bill Zack said. “There was very competitive racing amongst the top schools. That experience will serve us well at the American Athletic Conference races. And, all 23 athletes are coming home with medals! The confidence that comes with those types of performances will also be valuable in the next two weeks.”


The Aztecs return to San Diego for two weeks to prepare for their trip to Camden, N.J. for the American Athletic Conference Championships set for Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. ET.


V8 – Final, 8:50 a.m.

Stanford Lightweight: 6:40.296

SDSU: 6:45.496

Loyola Marymount: 6:48.675

Sacramento State: 6:50.257

Saint Mary’s: 7:09.631

Seattle U: 7:13.597

Santa Clara: 7:17.664

2V8 – Final, 9:30 a.m.

Stanford Lightweight: 6:51.692

Sacramento State: 6:59.534

SDSU: 7:02.502

Loyola Marymount: 7:11.516

Saint Mary’s: 7:25.713

Santa Clara: 7:33.534

V4 – Final, 10:20 a.m.

SDSU: 7:44.361

Loyola Marymount: 7:46.951

Sacramento State: 7:51.657

Stanford Lightweight: 8:01.135

Saint Mary’s: 8:38.094

Santa Clara: 8:47.135


V8: Madeline Bernard (bow), Anastasia Vontzou (two), Laura Keane (three), Sara Avery (four), Kaytlin Barker (five), Alana Grollo (six), Brynn Danvers (seven), Hannah Gasser (stroke), Hannah Broadland (coxswain).

2V8: Brooke Hepner (bow), Maia Graham (two), Bianca van Dyk (three), Emaleigh White (four), Phoebe Dammersmith (five), Hannah Norris (six), Isabelle Paul (seven), Gina Bourke (stroke), Charlie Toffel (coxswain).

V4: Malia Metkiff (bow), Deborah Worthey (two), Tara Montgomery (three), Laurie Tenenbaum (stroke), Danielle Stancikas (coxswain).

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