March 27, 2004
Marina del Rey - The UCLA women's rowing team swept all three races in today's dual meet against Loyola Marymount. With the victory in the varsity eight competition, the Bruins captured the Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup for the second consecutive year and evened the series with LMU, 2-2.
Despite the incoming tide and headwind,UCLA had another solid performance today. The course was shortened to 1750 meters due to the low tide and shallow conditions at the start.
In the Women's Varsity Four competition, the Bruins raced two boats. Both UCLA fours gained an open-water advantage over LMU by the first 250 meters. The UCLA A boat won the race in 7:12.0, just over 12-seconds ahead of the UCLA B boat at 7:24.3. Loyola Marymount followed in 8:01.8.
In the Women's Second Varsity Eight competition, the Bruins came out quickly and gained open water over LMU. UCLA would cruise to victory in 6:25.7, 16-seconds ahead of the Lions at 6:42.1.
The Women's Varsity Eight competition was by far the closest race of the morning. The Lions started strong, gaining a few seats over the Bruins. As the eights passed the UCLA Boathouse, about 1000 meters into the race, the Lions had gained eight seats over the Bruins. With 500 meters to go, UCLA started to close the gap and would eventually overtake LMU. The Bruins won in 6:24.7, a 1.3-second margin over Loyola Marymount at 6:26.0.
The UCLA varsity eight consisted of Jessica Rogers (stroke), Liz Pallas-Jacobs, Kristin Bixel, Monica Grova, Dawn Regan, Jessica Fritz, Elizabeth Felter, Irene Condella, and Emina Ong (cox). With the victory, the Bruins improved their dual-meet record to 2-0 and handed the LMU varsity eight their first loss of the season.
The Bruins return to action next tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 28, as they compete at USC.