April 23, 2005
The No. 14 UCLA Women's Rowing team traveled to Lake Phalen, MN over the weekend to compete against Minnesota and SMU on Saturday, April 23.
After a race time change due to eminent wind, the varsity eight had their race slated for 7:00 a.m central. The varsity eight finished the 1910 meter course in a time of 6:13.96, 3.96 seconds behind Minnesota, the winners of the race. Southern Methodist University finished behind the Bruins in a time of 6:48.5. The line-up for the varsity eight remained: Liz Pallas-Jacobs (stroke), Kristin Bixel, Monica Grova, Kelsey Hicks, Erin Haggerty, Jessica Fritz, Elizabeth Lee, Jessica Rogers, Emina Ong (cox).
Following the varsity eight race was the second varsity eight competition. The second varsity eight completed the course in 6:22.63, 6.69 seconds ahead of Minnesota. The line-up in the second varsity was: Lauren Hamann (stroke), Leah Wachtel, Erin Rice, Patricia Dudziec, Jessica Holt, Jaclyn Roewe, Melanie Salter, Elizabeth Felter, Kirsten Potenza (cox).
"To say that this was a challenging weekend for UCLA would be an understatement," says Head Coach Amy Fuller Kearney. "We traveled all day Friday, got to Lake Phalen early evening hoping to get in a row - the weather didn't cooperate. We were then told we would have to move the races from 10am to 7am the next morning before the wind picked up again. UCLA requested a postponement until Sunday morning because waking up at 3am west coast time for a 5am start time was far less than ideal. We arrange our cross country trips for two night stays, even though it is a financial burden, because weather is unpredictable and a longer stay ensures more racing opportunities. Unfortunately, the UM administrators did not get a permit for the course on Sunday. This left us with the unfortunate decision of canceling the race or just dealing with the situation."
"I am very proud of the second varsity for coming away with a victory in these conditions," says Coach Fuller Kearney. "I will not say it was their best race, however, as they have shown more consistency. Truthfully, the varsity was struggling a bit during the week, so I wasn't too surprised to see them fall short in this tough situation. To beat Minnesota's varsity eight under these circumstances would have taken our very best and we just weren't quite there Saturday. However, I would warn any crews we face for the rest of the year from judging our speed based on these results."
Coach Fuller Kearney added, "The good news is I have a very fired up team going into final preperation for the Pac-10's."
This was the last tri/dual race for the nine seniors on the team. The Bruins will next return to the waters when they compete in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships in Rancho Cordova on Saturday May 14. The following day, the Bruins will compete at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships.