Women's Crew Finishes Third at WCC Championships

May 3, 2002


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's crew finished in a tie for third place at the West Coast Conference Rowing Championships Friday afternoon at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The WCC title was determined on three races, the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four. The Broncos finished fourth in the varsity eight, second in the second varsity eight and third in the varsity four to end the regatta with 17 points, three behind San Diego and 17 behind six-time WCC Champion Gonzaga.

The women's varsity eight crossed the finish line in a time of 7:26.82, earning six points in the most heavily weighted of the three competitions. The second varsity eight finished second in a time of 7:32.3, six seconds ahead of LMU and picking up eight points for their efforts. The varsity four crossed the line in a time of 8:23.53 and earned three points for the team.

Freshman Melissa Pellini earned All-WCC honors for her effort on the day, joining eight other rowers from the five other participating schools.

The Santa Clara men's crew raced against fellow WCC schools in an informal meet before the women's races took place, finishing second in the varsity eight race out of six schools. The Broncos crossed the line in a time of 6:18.18, just four seconds behind race winner Gonzaga.

The men's and women's teams will remain in Rancho Cordova over the next two days as they battle 27 others schools in the WIRA Championships at Lake Natoma, hosted by Cal State Sacramento.

2002 All-WCC Rowing Team:
Melissa Pellini, Santa Clara
Maria Bokulich, Gonzaga
Breah Niemiec, Gonzaga
Nickie Lustig, Gonzaga
Brianna Leissoo, San Diego
Laura Duryea, San Diego
Charlotte Livingstone, Loyola Marymount
Christine Sobral, Saint Mary's
Coxswain - Courtney Haase, Gonzaga

2002 WCC Coach of the Year: Glenn Putyrae, Gonzaga

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