The LMU crew team traveled north to Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. this past Saturday to compete in the Head of the American. The annual regatta, which features some of the premier rowing programs in the nation, allowed the Lions to gauge their progress early in the season. The one-day event was hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
“We got a chance to see Stanford University, who is among the first-tier teams in the country and we were competitive with their second boat, which is a big step forward for us,” Head Coach Peter Mallory said. “We’re on schedule to do very well next spring and I couldn’t be prouder of them.
The Lions men’s open 4+/A consisting of sophomore coxon Natasha Gunasekara, senior Brendan Henderson, senior Quin Thames, sophomore Cameron Heath, and sophomore Trevor Felix, finished fourth out of 16 with a time of 18:23.3. Stanford University’s B and A teams finished first and second, respectively, ahead of the Lions. The Cardinals boast a program that finished at No. 9 last season, according to the CRCA/ USRowing Coaches poll.
“We performed in the race pretty much up to our current level of technique. We are refining our technique, our boat moving ability, and getting better week by week,” Mallory said. “They performed very well in the race and that pleased me. I think by the end of fall we will have gained a great deal of experience and great deal of confidence.”
On the women’s side, sophomore Mackenzi Sherman and junior Janayna Sobrosa finished seventh in a field of 27 teams in the women’s collegiate 2-final. The duo helped record LMU’s second top-10 finish of the day.
In the women’s collegiate 4+, freshman Emily Harris, seniors Danielle Ciraulo, Janna Forney, junior Elizabeth Dawkins and sophomore coxon Jessica Lee took 16th place in a field of 28.
The Lions have a short week before competing next Saturday at the Head of the Marina at the Jane Browne Bove Boathouse.
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