March 2, 2004
Los Angeles - The UCLA women's rowing team starts off the 2004 season on Mar. 13 with the Parent/Alumni Day and Class Race. The freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will race against each other, starting a new tradition at UCLA. Alumni and parents will also be given the opportunity to take out a boat.
UCLA hosts UC Irvine on Mar. 20 for its first dual-meet of the season. The Bruins hope to get everyone to race that day and put the race strategy into play. Next up for the Bruins is marina rival Loyola Marymount (Mar.27) for the 4th Annual Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup. Since both teams train on the same water, the battle at Ballona Creek is for the rights over the marina.
The following day, UCLA heads to San Pedro, Calif. to compete against cross-town rival USC (Mar. 21). The dual-meet is part of the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge, a competition between various sports between the two universities.
From Apr. 3-4, the Bruins compete at the San Diego Crew Classic, now in its 31st year. The novices are poised to try to win the race they should have won last year, and the varsity hopes to win the Cal Cup to receive an invitation to compete in the Jessop-Whittier Cup next year.
On Apr. 10, UCLA hosts Minnesota in the second annual dual meet between the two teams. The cross-regional race is shaping into an interesting rivalry but gives both programs a chance to compare boat speeds among their opponents.
On Apr. 17, UCLA competes at the Stanford Invitational to race Oregon State and Kansas State, two formidable opponents. Oregon State, UCLA's closest Pac-10 opponent last season, is a team the Bruins are aiming for on all levels and boats. The dual against Kansas State offers more cross-regional competition.
The Bruins host the 29th Annual Miller Cup on Apr. 24. UCLA, extending an invitation to San Diego State, University of San Diego, and Loyola Marymount, looks to defend the cup this year.
UCLA travels to Seattle, Wash. after receiving an invitation to compete at Opening Day (May 1). The varsity eight will compete for the Windermere Cup, racing against Washington and the Italian National Team.
The Bruins wrap up the season competing at the Pac-10 Championships (May 16), where they are vying to compete in the grand finals. The Pac-10 conference, always competitive, produced four teams that finished in the NCAA Top 12 last year.