Women's Rowing To Open Season In Sacramento

Oct. 11, 2005

THIS WEEK -- The UCLA Women's Rowing team will kick off the 2005-2006 season at the Head of the Port of Sacramento on Sunday, October 16. The Bruins will be entering one boat in the double sculls event. That crew will be stroked by senior Liz Pallas-Jacobs, with sophomore Erin Haggerty in the bow seat.

That same duo will be competing the following weekend at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, so the race in Sacramento will serve as a dress rehearsal. Both Pallas-Jacobs and Haggerty rowed in last spring's varsity eight that captured fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships and earned UCLA's first ever invitation to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.

With Pallas-Jacobs at the stroke and Haggerty in the four seat, UCLA's varsity eight finished 15th at the NCAA Championship, equalling their ranking in the final USRowing/CRCA coaches poll.

The championship season for women's rowing is in the spring, with the fall season traditionally serving as a time to focus on aerobic conditioning and technique. The fall races are single file races against the clock over distances of 2.5 to 3.5 miles, unlike the side by side races over 2000 meters in the spring races. And while all the NCAA Championship rowing events are sweep rowing (one oar per athlete),the Bruin tandem will be switching to the sculling discipline (two oars per person) for the races in Sacramento and Boston.

Both Pallas-Jacobs and Haggerty honed their sculling skills this summer by attending a USRowing collegiate development camp in Wisconsin and racing in the Olympic Events Regatta hosted by the U.S. National Team in New Jersey.

The Head of the Port of Sacramento is hosted by the River City Rowing Club. Information on the event can be found at www.rcrc.org.

2005 REVIEW -- The Women's Varsity Eight earned its first ever invitation to the NCAA Rowing Championships in Rancho Cordova and completed the 2005 season as the No. 15 eight crew in the nation. The Bruin Varsity Eight, which 2005-06 returners, Liz Pallas-Jacobs, Jessica Fritz, Erin Haggerty and Elizabeth Lee, also finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships. The UCLA team finished in fourth place overall, its highest finish at the conference championships as an NCAA sport. Senior Kristin Bixel became UCLA's first rowing All-American, earning first-team honors.

LOOKING AHEAD-- UCLA hosts the Head of the Marina on Saturday, November 5th at the UCLA Marina del Rey Aquatic Center and will race in the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Sunday, November 6th at Newport Beach.

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