Women's Crew Takes Fifth at WCC Championships

May 1, 2009

LAKE NATOMA, Calif. - Santa Clara University women's crew placed fifth at the WCC Championships today with eight total points in the three races. The Broncos took third in the I-Four and fifth in the I-Eight races and fifth in the II-Eight race. Gonzaga, the favorite coming into the weekend, claimed its 12th conference title, winning the I-Eight and the II-Eight races while San Diego claimed the top spot in the I-Four race.

Santa Clara started off the morning strong with their best finish of the day in the I-Four race. The Broncos tallied three points for finishing third, seven seconds ahead of Loyola Marymount. In the next race, Santa Clara's II-Eight team came in fifth and garnered two points. The Broncos were just a mere eight seconds behind third place finisher Loyola Marymount. In the final race of the day, Santa Clara clocked in at 7:06.6, another mere eight seconds behind the Lions from Loyola Marymount.

Senior Heather Lynch took home All-WCC Rowing Team honors for the Broncos.

The Broncos continue action at the WIRA Championships this weekend hosted by Sacramento State.

I-Four
1. San Diego - 7:40, 5 points
2. Gonzaga - 7:46.6, 4 points
3. Santa Clara - 8:25.6, 3 points
4. Loyola Marymount - 8:32.1, 2 points

II-Eight
1. Gonzaga - 6:54, 10 points
2. San Diego - 7:03.5, 8 points
3. Loyola Marymount - 7:11.5, 6 points
4. Saint Mary's - 7:16, 4 points
5. Santa Clara - 7:19.7, 2 points

I-Eight
1. Gonzaga - 6:37.6, 15 points
2. San Diego - 6:40.5, 12 points
3. Saint Mary's - 6:46.6, 9 points
4. Loyola Marymount - 6:58.3, 6 points
5. Santa Clara - 7:06.6, 3 points

Final Standings
1. Gonzaga - 29 points
2. San Diego - 25 points
3. Loyola Marymount - 14 points
4. Saint Mary's - 13 points
5. Santa Clara - 8 points

Coach of the Year
Kim Cupini - USD

Coxswain of the Year
Emily Wilson - GON

All-WCC Rowing Team
Katie Atkins - GON
Whitney Engle - GON
Heather Lynch - SCU
Hanna McClintock - GON
Bettina Messerli - LMU
Hannah Patrick - USD
Beth Spandenberg - USD
Johanna Trimmer - SMC