GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The USD women's rowing team took first place in the V4+ and 2V8 and second in the V8+ at the WCC Championships to tie Gonzaga for first place. However, the 17th ranked Bulldogs were awarded the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships due to the V8+ tiebreaker.
"It was a bittersweet performance today," Head Coach Kim Cupini said after the races. "The full team had a great day of racing, winning both fours and the second eight. A big congrats to GU on the AQ to the NCAA's. We hope we can get the chance to prove our end-of-the-year speed and help represent the WCC."
The Toreros began the day with an impressive win in the Varsity 4 race, showing the program's depth. The Toreros crossed the finish line in 7:18.9, nearly ten seconds ahead of Gonzaga (7:28.2).
The 2V8+ race was much closer, but the Toreros prevailed. After USD opened up a large lead, Gonzaga made a late push, but the Toreros finished in 6:40.9, two seconds ahead of the Bulldogs who had a time of 6:42.9.
In the finale, the Toreros' V8+ held a lead for the majority of the race. However, in the last 500 meters Gonzaga surged past the Toreros, to finish in 6:25.8, just over three seconds ahead of USD (6:29.4). This is the second consecutive year the Toreros have won the V4+ and 2V8 and took second in the V8+ to Gonzaga.
"Even though we held the lead through the first half of the race in the Varsity Eight, the credit goes to Gonzaga's push in to the last 500 meters for the win and to tie in team points," Cupini said.
The Toreros have had strong performances all year long, knocking off numerous ranked schools in the spring, which makes them a strong candidate for an at-large selection for NCAA Championships. The selection show and teams are announced on Tuesday May 17th at 2:00 p.m.
2016 West Coast Conference Rowing Championship
Final Team Totals
- Gonzaga - 39 Points*
- San Diego - 39 Points*
- Loyola Marymount - 27 Points
- Portland - 22 Points*
- Saint Mary's - 22 Points*
- Creighton - 13 Points
- Santa Clara - 5 Points
*Gonzaga, Portland win tiebreakers due to placements in the I Eight Race
I Four Official Results
- San Diego - 7:18.9 (Cox: Rachel Michel, Bryn Gilbert, Kathleen Petrich, Hannah Saddler, Kelly Hulsing)
- Gonzaga - 7:28.2 (Cox: Megan Dennison, Casey Harder, Cameron McDermott, Georgia Davey, Clare Manthey)
- Saint Mary's - 7:51.5 (Cox: Megan Pineda, Torie Dawson, Paige Smith, Shannon Youmans, Kelsey Dunne)
- Portland - 7:53.9 (Cox: Kristen Garcia, Celina Perez, Lily Kristjanson, Maddy Bettinger-Lobash, Oliva Sanchez)
- Creighton - 8:01.4 (Cox: Angela Rigo, Jessica Courtney, McKinley Wilson, Marguerite Barran, Samantha Erickson)
- Loyola Marymount - 8:09.8 (Cox: Nicole Fong, Emily Harris, Monica Weaser, Sofia Abrate, Annie Shane)
II Eight Official Results
- San Diego - 6:40.9 (Cox: Emma Gasperoni, McKenna Wray, Jenny Serluco, Maya Krah, Ivy Aandal, Elizabeth Bader, Morgan Lester, Rachel Kincaid, Adele Likin)
- Gonzaga - 6:42.8 (Cox: Hailey Rousseau, Micailah Donner, Lily Rorick, Hannah Schneiderman, Maddie Turbes, Anna Johnson, Madeline Verspieren, Isabelle Belzil, Hannah Brown)
- Loyola Marymount - 7:05.9 (Cox: Kaitlyn Cheung, Alexandria Bauer, Ann Shoen, Tamara Jovanovic, Julie Pinamont, Madison Hodgkins, Masury Lynch, Marie Bliss, Ashley Brown)
- Saint Mary's - 7:10.0 (Cox: Kylie Aberle, Sabrina Felix, Ashley Godoy, Kimberly Clark, Sophia Almada, Alexandra Spanos, Cara Filce, Bailey Minardi, Rachel Rowland)
- Portland - 7:21.2 (Cox: Miranda Reyes, Hannah Burns, Lindsey Atterbury, Megan Medalia, Sydne Jacoby, Maddie Goodwin, Elizabeth Ankeney, Acacia Wellsford, Lauren Jesse)
- Creighton - 7:27.4 (Cox: Michelle Frisbie, Louisa Karam, Lauren Brendal, Liz Lowery, Grace Rauh, Sarah Stephani, Magdalene Engler, Danielle Carbonaro, Alyssa Freitas)
- Santa Clara - 7:55.6 (Cox: Maddy Angevine, Cannon Passano, Emily Stewart, Tanja Jeremaz, Gabby Tordillos, Daryl Fallon, Caitlin Lyons, Cominique Dold, Leah Senatro)
I Eight Official Results
- Gonzaga - 6:25.8 (Cox: Karly Dougherty, Kara Soucek, Igrid Stanserry, Meghan McCallum, Devyn Bell, Lauren English, Brooklyn Beeler, Olivia Marsh, Lindsey English)
- San Diego - 6:29.4 (Cox: Karli Wittenberg, Susie Taylor, Avalon Koenig, Meredith Hoggatt, Megan Goodman, Uche Anyanwu, Jane Bird, Vada Thomas, Megan McNamara)
- Loyola Marymount - 6:51.7 (Cox: Ciara Campbell, Ruth Morris, Mireia Ros, Briar Murphy, Kristel Tohu, Louisa Del Valle, Kim Ehntholt, Claire Bahain, Clara Brackbill)
- Portland - 6:56.9 (Cox: Kelsey Kincaid, Maggie Keller, Megan Delpozzi, Molly Templin, Bridget Sloat, Lauren Reid, Veronica Nicacio, Brianne Zyblicki, Melanie Martinell)
- Saint Mary's - 7:03.2 (Cox: Emma Bangs, Alexis McGuire, Kimberly Delen-Briones, Brianna Pero, Abbie McGill, Julianne Greco, Emily Weible, Beatrice McGinnis, Hannah Grunbaum)
- Creighton - 7:10.0 (Cox: Hannah Wysopal, Sarah Birnbaum, Miranda Lonsdale, Madeline Eyer, Whitney Coriolan, Caitlyn Ward, Mackenzie Hatcher, Isabelle Buhr, Anna Cheek)
- Santa Clara - 7:19.7 (Cox: Hollynd Boyden, Katie Bond, Kelby Nardoni, Molly Walker, Hope McGowan, Katie Malueg, Mikael Stovarsky, Malyna Sanchez, Jiana Serpa)
2016 West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Major Awards
WCC Newcomer of the Year: Lauren English, Gonzaga
WCC Coxswain of the Year: Karly Dougherty, Gonzaga
WCC Rower of the Year: Kara Soucek, Gonzaga
WCC Coach of the Year: Glenn Putyrae, Gonzaga
2016 All-West Coast Conference Women's Rowing Team
Creighton: Sarah Birnbaum, Madeline Eyer
Gonzaga: Kara Soucek, Devyn Bell, Brooklyn Beeler, Ingrid Stansberry
Loyola Marymount: Ruth Morris, Mireia Ros
Portland: Molly Templin, Maggie Keller
Saint Mary's: Brianna Pero, Alexis McGuire
Santa Clara: Molly Walker, Katie Bond