Incoming UCLA Rower Takes First Place at CRASH-B Sprints

Feb. 26, 2007

BOSTON - Incoming UCLA rower Elise Wilson raced to a first-place finish at the 2007 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships in Agannis Arena at Boston University on Sunday, Feb. 25. Wilson earned the championship in the junior women heavyweight division of the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints, a prestigious international indoor rowing event held since 1982.

Wilson, a senior at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, posted a time of 6 minutes, 52 seconds to finish 6.1 seconds ahead of Kaisa Pajusalu (Team Estonia). The future Bruin finished second at the 2005 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints with a time of 6:58. Wilson's personal-best over the standard 2000-meter distance on an ergometer is 6:46.7.

Upon arriving to UCLA in the fall of 2007, Wilson will not be the only member of the Bruins' rowing program to have thrived at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints - UCLA head coach Amy Fuller Kearney took first place at the prestigious event in 1989, 1991, 1992 and 2000. Fuller Kearney finished the 2000m distance in 6:32.3 in 2000.

Currently in her fourth season on the St. Ignatius College Prep rowing team, Wilson competed in the summer of 2006 as a member of the United States Junior National Team eight, helping lead the crew to a silver medal-winning finish at the world championships in Amsterdam. The second-place finished tied the mark for the highest-ever finish in the girls' eight at the junior world championships.

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