The Lions are predicted to finish second in the West Coast Conference this spring, according to the preseason conference poll, released Wednesday. 

It’s the start of the season for LMU’s women's crew team and the Lions are turning their heads toward competing for a WCC title. The preseason coaches’ poll ranked LMU at No 2., one spot behind conference favorites Gonzaga. Last year, the Lions earned a second-place finish behind the perennial rowing powerhouse Bulldogs. However, the program remains optimistic at their chances of finishing above their Spokane-based rivals.

Sophomore starboard rower Anna Barry has confidence in her team’s abilities to compete for and win a WCC title this season. “Our team’s goal this year is to place first at the WCCs. Our biggest competition right now is Gonzaga, they’ve won the past four or five years."

When asked if she felt her team could beat Gonzaga, Barry responded, “I do, I think we just have to show up that day. They’re our big competition, we’re racing them twice this year … we have a good chance." Barry will certainly play an important role in the Lions' goal of taking down Gonzaga. The sophomore was selected to the women’s preseason All-WCC rowing team along with sophomore teammate Lauren Compeau and junior teammate Ellery Martin.

This group of women have been hard at work during their preseason to remain sharp and in shape. Rowing is a sport known for the intensity of its workouts that regularly push its participants to their physical limits.

Anna Barry touched upon the intensity the crew team endures during their weekly conditioning schedule. “It’s not something you can just do kind of freely, you really have to devote a lot of time and make sure you’re in it to win it. It asks a lot from you. You’re going to have to give back to it or else it will take over you. It’s really pretty much another job on top of school. We’re working out in the mornings, [so we're] getting up at 5:30.”

The women’s rowing team will hope their hard work pays off as they approach their upcoming March 14 scrimmage against Gonzaga. Two days later, the program will face off against UCLA in Marina Del Rey for their first competitive race of the season.

Nick is a Junior AIMS major from Orange, California. He enjoys Mexican food, soccer, and dogs.

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