The UC Davis women’s rowing team started its 2009 season off on the right foot, going five-for-five at the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday.
The Aggies defeated the likes of Santa Clara, Sonoma State and Cal Maritime Academy on the day.
“We felt this was a great way to begin the season,” coach Carissa Adams said. “The race was a great opportunity for the novices to gain racing experience, and to gauge where we are so we can assess where we need to continue to progress.“
The first race was the women’s varsity eight where UC Davis claimed both the first- and second-place spots ahead of Santa Clara and Sonoma State, respectively.
The women’s varsity (WV8 ) posted a time of 7:02.8 over the 2,000-meter course. The lineup was led by senior coxswain Tara Davis, and was comprised of (in seat order) sophomores Brittani De Riemer and Lauren Auble, juniors Autumn Huey and Darcy Ward, sophomores Hannah Owens and Elieke Demmer and freshmen Paige Kendall and Lorena Cortes.
Following the varsity closely down the course was the UC Davis junior varsity (WJV8 ), which raced in the varsity event. Despite “racing up” against a tougher varsity field, the second boat was victorious, finishing second in a time of 7:30.1.
The women also showed depth throughout the novice categories, winning the event in a time of 7:34. The top novice crew was followed by a second Aggies‘ novice lineup that finished in 7:49.
Both novice boats raced ahead of and defeated the visiting crews by open lengths of water, making a pronounced start to their UC Davis careers.
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