Bruins Advance To Grand Finals At San Diego Crew Classic

April 1, 2006

San Diego, Calif. - At the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday morning, all three UCLA boats advanced to tomorrow's Grand Finals with Top 3 finishes in the qualifying heats.

The varsity eight of Vanessa Teff, Patricia Dudziec, Liz Pallas-Jacobs, Elizabeth Herron, Elizabeth Lee, Alexandra Howard, Erin Rice, Erin Haggerty and Kirsten Potenza placed third overall in the qualifying heat for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, racing in a time of 6:27.1. California was first with a 6:23.8, followed by Washington State with a 6:25.5. The Top 3 in each varsity heat advanced to the Grand Final. Joining the Bruins, Golden Bears and Cougars will be USC, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

The second varsity eight of Leah Wachtel, Alexis Kalionzes, Jessica Fritz, Vanessa Jansen, Brittany Merchant, Sarah Lombardo, Maida Habibovic, Clara Cartwright and Megan McQuown placed second in its heat to advance to the Grand Final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungess Trophy. The Bruins finished in a time of 6:42.0. Washington State was first with a time of 6:36.6. Advancing to the Grand Final along with UCLA and Washington State are California, Stanford, USC and Wisconsin.

Rowing for the SeaWorld Trophy, the freshman/novice eight placed second in its heat. The crew of Victoria Kaso, Katja Wanberg, Laura Garnett, Kerry Kilduff, Sheerin Salimi, Candace Ferguson, Jennifer Weber, Meleana Carr and Chanel Suares finished in a time of 7:09.5. Texas won the heat with a time of 6:54.4. Also advancing to the Grand Final are California, Kansas State, Oregon State and Stanford.

Varsity 8 Results
Heat One
1. California - 6:23.8*
2. Washington State - 6:25.5*
3. UCLA - 6:27.1*
4. Northeastern - 6:32.3
5. Texas - 6:34.0
6. Purdue - 6:57.8
7. Trinity - Disqualified
*Advances to Sunday's Grand Final

Second Varsity 8 Results
Heat Three
1. Washington State - 6:36.6*
2. UCLA - 6:42.0*
3. Texas - 6:50.9
4. San Diego State - 6:53.5
5. St. Joseph's - 7:07.4
6. Santa Clara - 7:22.4
*Advances to Sunday's Grand Final

Freshman/Novice 8 Results
Heat Two
1. Texas - 6:54.4*
2. UCLA - 7:09.5*
3. UC San Diego - 7:12.5
4. UC Irvine - 7:31.3
5. UC Santa Barbara - 7:33.0
6. Chapman - 7:33.1
*Advances to Sunday's Grand Final

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