March 10, 2007
Marina del Rey, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team got its season off to a strong start by powering past Loyola Marymount in all four events Saturday, March 10, in Marina del Rey, Calif. For the second-consecutive year, UCLA swept the Lions, taking the top spots in the novice eight, varsity four, second varsity eight, and varsity eight races. The six UCLA boats entered into the events were met by flat water and a slight incoming tide for all their races at Ballona Creek.
The Novice 8+ race pitted two Bruin N8+ boats against LMU's Lightweight 8+ crew. UCLA's N8+ 'A' boat employed aggressive rowing to open an early margin on the pack. The Bruin `B' boat battled early with LMU's Lightweight eight before establishing a seven seat lead halfway through. UCLA `A' extended its open water lead to finish first in 5:24.74. UCLA `B' solidified its position down the stretch to finish in second with a time of 6:12.50. The Lions' 8+ crew came in third at 6:21.99.
For the Varsity 4+ race, UCLA entered two varsity fours to go up against the Lions' novice four. After a competitive start, UCLA's V4+ `A' boat used strong and aggressive rowing to take an open water lead 500 meters into the race. The Bruin V4+ `B' boat overcame a slower start before similarly pulling away from the LMU N4+ boat. Halfway through the race, UCLA `A' and `B' boats found open water ahead of LMU's four. The battle for first place was won by the Bruin `A' boat that powered ahead of the pack and finished in first with a time of 6:45.60. UCLA's `B' also improved on their strong start to come in second at 6:56.60. LMU took third place, finishing in 7:56.90.
The third race of the morning matched up the Bruins' and Lions' varsity eights. The UCLA 2V8 boat opened their season in strong fashion by taking a commanding lead from the start. UCLA not only increased their lead with every stroke but also maintained their efficient performance through the open water and past the finish line. UCLA's 2V8 crew registered a strong time of 7:19.40. LMU pushed through with 8:00.00.
The final race, a varsity eight competition, was more of the same as UCLA's V8 boat made good on its top-boat billing and quickly overtook the Lion V8 boat in aggressive fashion. Rowing against building head winds, the Bruin V8 boat registered a precise and powerful race to finish in 7:15.30. The Lions' V8 crew came in with a time of 7:51.30.
Women's Novice 8+
1. UCLA `A' - 5:54.74
2. UCLA `B' - 6:12.50
3. LMU - 6:21.99
Women's Varsity 4+
1. UCLA `A' - 6:45.60
2. UCLA `B' - 6:56.60
3. LMU - 7:56.90
Women's Second Varsity 8+
1. UCLA - 7:19.40
2. LMU - 8:00.00
Women's Varsity 8+
1. UCLA - 7:15.30
2. LMU - 7:51.30
Christina King: Varsity 4+A stroke
"I think it was a good starting point for the year. I am really excited to see what's going to happen as the season progresses and the competition gets deeper. It was nice to get back out on the waters after a small break from competition before spring season. Some people would look at the break as a disadvantage, but we used the time to our advantage by working hard to get better."
Bree Hemingway: Varsity 4+B stroke
"This was a really exciting way to start the season. It is good to see our hard work pay off. We have a lot of depth this year allowing us to have good boats in every category."
Megan Lightfoot: Varsity 4+B
"It feels really good to be back out on the water. Races are a lot of fun because we are out here competing for everything that we have been working towards. The season always goes by really fast. Today's competition went well for us. We set a good benchmark for ourselves, now we will just try to improve from there."
The Bruins return to Ballona Creek next week, Saturday, March 17th, to take on San Diego St. UCLA hopes to continue its strong start to the spring season against the Aztecs before they take 2 weeks off from competition.