Rowers Head to Pac-10 Championships

May 11, 2006

This weekend, the UCLA Women's Rowing team will travel to Rancho Cordova, Calif. to participate in two regattas. On Saturday, May 13th, the Bruins will enter a novice four in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRC), while the V8, 2V8, V4 and N8 will take part in the Pac-10 Championships held on Sunday.

The PCRC is an open regatta for all west coast crews at the novice and masters levels. It is a good opportunity for the Bruins to enter a novice four crew which does not usually get to compete at the collegiate level. Rowing in the N4 this weekend will be Laura Garnett, Kerry Kilduff, Megan Lightfoot, Bree Hemingway and Emily Wachtel (cox).

Sunday's Pac-10 Championships promises to be full of surprises with a handful of nationally ranked teams competing for the title. The Bruins are seeded fifth out of 13 teams in the west region which also boasts top crews Cal, USC, and Stanford. Last year, UCLA finished fourth overall.

'The Pac-10 is a very deep conference with great competitors in every event,' coach Amy Fuller Kearney said. 'Our focus will be on the Bruins.'

On the line this weekend is a team bid to the NCAA Championships. Last year, UCLA's varsity eight earned an at-large bid for the first time since rowing became a varsity sport; this year the Bruins hope to include the entire team. On Tuesday, a total of 12 schools will receive team bids, with an additional four schools receiving bids for their varsity eight. Depending on the overall performances of teams around the country, UCLA could very well extend their season. If selected to compete in the NCAA's, the Bruins would travel to West Windsor, N.J. at the end of May.

Lineups for the Pac-10 Championships:
Varsity 8: Vanessa Teff (stroke), Patricia Dudziec, Liz Pallas-Jacobs, Elizabeth Herron, Elizabeth Lee, Alexandra Howard, Erin Rice, Erin Haggerty, Kirsten Potenza (cox).
Second Varsity 8: Leah Wachtel (stroke), Bailey Blosser, Jessica Fritz, Vanessa Jansen, Brittany Merchant, Sarah Lombardo, Katja Wanberg, Alexis Kalionzes, Megan McQuown (cox).
Varsity 4: Victoria Kaso (stroke), Jennifer Weber, Candace Ferguson, Maida Habibovic, Chanel Suares (cox).
Novice 8: Laura Garnett (stroke), Bree Hemingway, Katie Virk, Kerry Kilduff, Megan Lightfoot, Sheerin Salimi, Laura Ferretti, Jennifer Truong, Emily Wachtel (cox).

Preliminary races at the Pac-10's start on Sunday at 8:00 am with the finals set for 2:00 pm.

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