March 6, 2006

Women's Crew Falls in Opening Weekend Races

March 6, 2006

Sacramento, Calif. - The Santa Clara varsity women's crew team was able to close the gap on the competition this weekend, but couldn't claim victory in races at the Davis Invitational or Sacramento State Dual. On Saturday, the Broncos fell to Sacramento State before taking third in the event hosted by UC Davis on Sunday.

On Saturday, Santa Clara competed against the Hornets of Sacramento State in the third annual Jim Farwell Cup at Lake Natoma with flat water and sunny skies. The event, which the Hornets and Broncos began competing in in 2004, is named after the former Santa Clara rower and coach who established the women's rowing program at SCU. The Farwell Cup is given to the team that wins the varsity eight competition. So far, Sacramento State, which placed tenth on the west coast last year, has won all three cups.

Saturday's regatta marked the beginning of the spring season for both teams. Although, the Broncos were unable to win the event, head coach Carlo Facchino was proud of his team's effort.

"Our race against Sac State was a good test of our current strength and power. In flat conditions our time of 7:09 matches the fastest varsity time from last year," he noted. "We've worked hard all winter to really establish a solid base fitness and for the first race of the season to have matched the best time from last year shows that we are on pace for one of the fastest seasons in Santa Clara history."

In the varsity eight competition, Sacramento State posted a winning time of 6:47.2, followed by the Hornets' second varsity eight (6:59.6) and Santa Clara (7:09.2). In the novice eight race, the Hornets' A boat won with a time of 7:16.4, followed by Sacramento State B (7:32.5) and Santa Clara (7:40.9).

The varsity four competition saw Sacramento State A race to a winning time of 7:36.4, followed by Sacramento State B (7:42.6), Santa Clara A (7:49.5), Sacramento State C (8:04.0) and Santa Clara B (8:05.0). The highlight of the day for the Broncos was a win by Santa Clara's novice four boat, which bested both Sacramento State boats with a time of 8:18.0.

On Sunday, Santa Clara competed in the Davis Invitational which included boats from UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Sonoma State. Despite strong head winds, rain and white-capped water, the Broncos finished third in the varsity eight event and second in the novice event, with race times of 8:25 and 8:22, respectively. The four-person events were cancelled due to unsafe racing conditions.

"Sunday was a test of toughness," said Facchino. "In addition to the cold and rain, the wind chill created near freezing temperatures. In those conditions you are just glad that the entire crew returns to the dock in one piece."

Santa Clara returns to the water on March 18 when the Broncos compete in the annual WCC Challenge. The event is scheduled to include both the men's and women's programs and will take place at Lake Natoma in Sacramento.

Sacramento State Dual

Varsity 8
1. Sacramento State V8 6:47.2
2. Sacramento State 2V8 6:59.6
3. Santa Clara 7:09.2

Novice 8
1. Sacramento State A 7:16.4
2. Sacramento State B 7:32.5
3. Santa Clara 7:40.9

Varsity 4
1. Sacramento State A 7:36.4
2. Sacramento State B 7:42.6
3. Santa Clara A 7:49.5
4. Sacramento State C 8:04.0
5. Santa Clara B 8:05.0

Novice 4
1. Santa Clara 8:18.0
2. Sacramento State A 8:26.6
3. Sacramento State B 8:41.2

Davis Invitational:

Varsity 8
1. UC Davis 8:16
2. UCSB 8:16
3. Santa Clara 8:25
4. Sonoma St 8:37

Novice 8
1. UC Davis 8:20
2. Santa Clara 8:22
3. Sonoma St 8:24
4. UCSB 9:02