UCLA Rowing Opens Spring Season With Sweep Against Loyola Marymount

March 7, 2009

Marina del Rey, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team swept Loyola Marymount in the spring season opener on Saturday morning at Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey. The sweep was UCLA's fourth-straight against the Lions. The Bruin Varsity Eight also claimed the Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup for the seventh-straight year with a nearly 20 second victory over LMU.

In the first race of the day, the UCLA varsity four of Katrina Darracq (stroke), Sheerin Salimi (3), Brittanee Marksbury (2), Lindsay Pollock (bow) and Lauren Bonnaud (cox) won by 5.8 seconds, clocking in a time of 7:01.03 to LMU's 7:06.83.

A pair of Bruin teams faced each other in the novice four, with the A team of Megan Danley (stroke), Carissa Heath (3), Andrea Panayides (2), Laurel Lyatt-Miller (bow) and Ariel Handler (cox) narrowly edging the B team of Nadia Basilio (stroke), Cheyenne Manske (3), Piper Akol (2), Stephanie Lopez (bow) and Lisa Erlanger (cox) by :02.55.

In the second varsity eight race, UCLA dominated the Lions with a 0:38.14 victory, 6:09.8-6:47.94. Rowing for the Bruins were Taylor Vella (stroke), Caroline Curson (7), Kaitlin Doering (6), Destinie Slavich (5), Hayley Robinson (4), Christina Sprouse (3), Emma Skelton (2), Lynn Hancock (bow) and Leslie Chou (cox). Their mark of 6:09.8 was just three-tenths of a second behind UCLA's varsity eight, which clocked in a time of 6:09.5 to win by nearly 20 seconds over LMU, which recorded a time of 6:29.14. The UCLA varsity eight consisted of Lauren Counter (stroke), Anastasia Alexander (7), Kristin Fitzmorris (6), Vanessa Teff (5), Shizue Reid (4), Megan Lightfoot (3), Alexandra Howard (2), Rachel LaBella (bow) and Alaizah Koorji (cox).

After the competition, UCLA christened two boats named after Joel P Michel and Barbara Jean Michel.

The Bruins are back at Ballona Creek next Saturday, March 14 when they host San Diego State.

Women's Varsity Four
1. UCLA - 7:01.03
2. LMU - 7:06.83

Women's Novice Four
1. UCLA A def. UCLA B by :02.55

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1. UCLA - 6:09.8
2. LMU - 6:47.94

Women's Varsity Eight
1. UCLA - 6:09.5
2. LMU - 6:29.14

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