UCLA Women's Rowing to Compete in Lake Natoma Challenge

April 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's rowing program travels north to Rancho Cordova, Calif., this weekend for the Lake Natoma Challenge. The Bruins will face elite national competition, including Wisconsin, Texas, Stanford and Central Florida, on Saturday and Sunday.

UCLA will race two varsity eights, one varsity and one novice eight in a morning and afternoon session on Saturday, before teams are regrouped into Grand Final and Petite Final races on Sunday morning. The Bruins will race against Wisconsin and Texas on Saturday morning, before competing against Stanford and Central Florida in the afternoon session that day.

UCLA's varsity eight enters the weekend having been ranked No. 17 in the latest top-20 poll released by USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Stanford checks in at No. 2 and Wisconsin's varsity eight is ranked No. 9.

The Bruins opened their 2009 season with dual-meet victories against Loyola Marymount (March 7) and San Diego State (March 14). UCLA's varsity eight had an impressive weekend against Clemson, Ohio State and Virginia at the Pac-10 Challenge (March 28-29).

One week later, the Bruins varsity eight earned a first-place finish in the Petite Final and the novice eight advanced to the Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4-5).

Timeline of UCLA's races at Lake Natoma Challenge

Saturday, April 18
8:50 a.m. - UCLA 2V4+ vs. Wiconsin (Lane 1) and Texas (Lane 3)
9:10 a.m. - UCLA 2V8+ vs. Wisconsin (Lane 1) and Texas (Lane 3)
9:40 a.m. - UCLA V8+ vs. Wisconsin (Lane 1) and Texas (Lane 3)
10:00 a.m. - UCLA N8+ vs. TBD

3:00 p.m. - UCLA V4+ vs. Stanford (Lane 1) and Central Florida (Lane 3)
3:30 p.m. - UCLA 2V8+ vs. Stanford (Lane 1) and Central Florida (Lane 3)
4:00 p.m. - UCLA 2V8+ vs. Stanford (Lane 1) and Central Florida (Lane 3)

Sunday, April 19
- opponents, times TBD

UCLA's Probable Racing Lineups
Varsity 8+: (stroke) Lauren Counter, (7) Anastasia Alexander, (6) Lynn Hancock, (5) Vanessa Teff, (4) Alexandra Howard, (3) Megan Lightfoot, (2) Kristin Fitzmorris, (bow) Rachel LaBella, (coxswain) Alaizah Koorji

Second Varsity 8+: (stroke) Emma Skelton, (7) Destinie Slavich, (6) Kaitlin Doering, (5) Caroline Curson, (4) Laurel Hyatt-Miller, (3) Christina Sprouse, (2) Lindsay Pollock, (bow) Megan Danley, (coxswain) Lauren Bonnaud

Varsity 4+: (stroke) Shizue Reid, (3) Sheerin Salimi, (2) Carissa Heath, (bow) Katrina Darracq, (coxswain) Leslie Chou

Novice 8+: (stroke) Andrea Panayides, (7) Nadia Basilio, (6) Shawn McGuire, (5) Piper Akol, (4) Cheyenne Manske, (3) Jennifer Barnard, (2) Hannah O'Brien, (bow) Stephanie Lopez, (coxswain) Ariel Handler

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