ROWING LOSES JEAN RUNYON CUP TO UC DAVIS
WEST OF SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UC Davis’ varsity eight defeated Sacramento State with a winning time of 6:44.68 over 2,000 meters in women’s rowing action Saturday morning at the Port of Sacramento.
Both schools’ varsity eight boats compete annually for the Jean Runyon Cup, and the rivalry had been lopsided in Sacramento State’s favor prior to the last two years. The Aggies’ varsity eight has now knocked off the Hornets back-to-back years after Sacramento State had won the Cup eight consecutive seasons (1999-06). The Hornets still lead the all-time series, 9-3, as the two programs began racing for the Jean Runyon Cup in 1997.
The Aggies had roughly a seven-second lead midway through the race before pulling away at the end to win by nearly 11 seconds. Sacramento State finished the race with a time of 6:55.57. Today’s Jean Runyon Cup also marked the final competition in the Causeway Cup, the annual all-sports challenge between UC Davis and Sacramento State. UC Davis had already clinched the Causeway Cup championship, snapping the Hornets’ run of two straight Causeway Cup titles. The Causeway series is now tied between the two schools, 2-2, as UC Davis won the inaugural Cup in 2005, before the Hornets won in 2006 and 2007.
UC Davis was also victorious in the second varsity eight competition for the second straight year, racing to a winning time of 7:03.42, ahead of the Hornets’ time of 7:07.70.
The Aggies made it a clean sweep in the eights races as the team’s novice eight posted a winning time of 7:16.91, followed by Sacramento State (7:19.62) and UC Davis B (7:32.49).
The Hornets’ varsity eight is now 5-2 in dual meets this year, while the second varsity eight dropped to 5-1, and the novice eight fell to 4-2.
Sacramento State posted a win in the varsity four competition, racing to a victorious time of 7:34.07, followed by UC Davis A (7:36.36), UC Davis B (7:56.88) and Sacramento State B (8:07.04).
In the novice four, UC Davis raced to a winning time of 7:55.64, followed by the Hornets’ time of 8:14.35.
Sacramento State returns to the water for its conference championships next weekend (May 3-4) when it hosts the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma. The Hornets have won each of the last two WIRA team titles, and the varsity eight crown in 2006.
VARSITY EIGHT: Erin DeGoede at coxswain, Dani Thole at stroke, Meghyn Cox at seven, Aimee Chenard at six, Krista Hill at five, Holly Hopkins at four, Michelle McMullen at three, Ashley Loucks at two and Kellie Cook at bow.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT: Teresa Seich at coxswain, Anne Morrison at stroke, Ruthie Van Esso at seven, Lenore Meehan at six, Sandra Miller at five, Alicia Tarkenton at four, Megan Riggs at three, Nicole Cavanagh at two and Tori Jackson at bow.
NOVICE EIGHT: Abigail Macaraig at coxswain, Madeleine Folco at stroke, Sarah Slagle at seven, Rebecca Woolston at six, Elizabeth Danielson at five, Elyssa Cross at four, Joanne Stacy at three, Stephanie Hansen at two and Angela Stassi at bow.
VARSITY FOUR A: Seich at coxswain, Chenard at stroke, McMullen at three, Hopkins at two and Cook at bow.
VARSITY FOUR B: DeGoede at coxswain, Meehan at stroke, Alyse Marlatt at three, Jenna Tofanelli at two and Jackson at bow.
NOVICE FOUR: Macaraig at coxswain, Slagle at stroke, Cross at three, Danielson at two and Woolston at bow.
1. UC Davis 6:44.68
2. Sacramento State 6:55.57
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
1. UC Davis 7:03.42
2. Sacramento State 7:07.70
1. UC Davis A 7:16.91
2. Sacramento State 7:19.62
3. UC Davis B 7:32.49
1. Sacramento State A 7:34.07
2. UC Davis A 7:36.36
3. UC Davis B 7:56.88
4. Sacramento State B 8:07.04
1. UC Davis A 7:55.64
2. Sacramento State 8:14.35
3. UC Davis B 8:27.02