In brief: GU women steal the row show
Rowing: Perfection was the name of the game for the Gonzaga Bulldogs women’s rowing team on Sunday at Lake Natoma, Calif.
GU ended the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship by winning gold medals in all four events they entered, taking home the Team Points Trophy and the Efficiency Trophy for the first time.
The Varsity 4 opened the day by finishing 15 seconds in front of its nearest competitor, clocking in at 7 minutes, 25.2 seconds over the 2,000-meter course.
The Second Varsity 8 won by 12 seconds in 6:47.8.
The Novice 8 boat clocked in at 7:07.3, just ahead of runner-up UC Davis’ 7:08.3.
The Varsity 8 wrapped up a banner day with a 6:43.5 time to beat Saint Mary’s (6:45.5).
GU coach Glenn Putyrae was named the WIRA Coach of the Year. Gonzaga’s Elise Perkins, Paula Welly and Teddi McGuire were named to the All-WIRA first team, while Agatha Oleshiak and Natalie Wolfrom made the second team.
The Gonzaga men picked up a gold medal in the WIRA Varsity 8 race, also at Lake Natoma, Calif.
Gonzaga breezed to an 8-second win with a stellar time of 5:57.6 over 2,000 meters.
The Bulldogs, who won the Efficiency Trophy, qualified for the IRA National Championships beginning May 31 in Camden, N.J.
Vandals settle for 2nd place
Tennis: The Idaho Vandals fell short in their bid to claim the school’s first Western Athletic Conference men’s tennis championship, falling 4-2 to the Fresno State Bulldogs in the finals.
Idaho won both its doubles matches with Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos Salazer winning 8-5 at No. 1 and Abid Akbar and Andrew Dobbs winning 8-3 at No. 2. UI’s Alan Shin won his No. 3 singles match 7-5, 6-3 over Reed Delaubenfels.