GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's continued to improve and impress at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma on Sunday, with the Novice 4 boat finishing as high as it ever has at the meet and the Varsity 8 tying its best finish.
The Novice 4 boat of coxswain Valerie Lim, Sarah Gleason, Celeste DiLullo, Tiffany Gill and Alexa Gordon provided the first big result of the day, finishing with a time of 7 minutes, 51.3 seconds.
That placed the Gaels second behind only Western Washington, the highest a SMC Novice 4 boat has ever finished at the WIRA Championships.
Wrapping up the day with more success was the Varsity 8 boat, as the Gaels crossed the line in 6 minutes, 58.6 seconds. The mark was good for third place, tying SMC's best finish in the V8 at the meet (2012).
The Varsity 4 boat placed fourth for the Gaels on Sunday, and the Second Varsity 8 placed fifth.
Saint Mary's also enjoyed a few individual kudos at the conclusion of the meet. Haley Adams and Maryann Concannon, both members of the Varsity 8 boat, were named to the All-WIRA first team for 2013.
Next up for the Gaels is the West Coast Conference Championships on May 18. That meet will also be held at Lake Natoma.
V8 (Division I/Open): Gonzaga 6:47.7, Stanford 6:47.9, Saint Mary's 6:58.6, Loyola Marymount 6:58.8, Sacramento State 7:03.6, Seattle 7:25.4
2V8 (Division I/Open): Gonzaga 6:51.2, Sacramento State 7:06.2, San Diego State 7:10.5, Loyola Marymount 7:12.1, Saint Mary's 7:19.4, Santa Clara 7:57.5
V4 (Division I/Open): Gonzaga 7:36.4, San Diego State 8:11.0, Loyola Marymount 8:11.6, Saint Mary's 8:17.1
N4: Western Washington 7:48.7, Saint Mary's 7:51.3, Puget Sound 8:10.8, Lewis & Clark 8:14.2, UC Irvine 8:24.7, Arizona State 9:03.8
V8: Natalie Livingston (coxswain), Haley Adams, Maryann Concannon, Meagan Scott, Stacey Boss, Dana Cook, Katie Wahl, Christina Bennett, Michelle Felmlee-Gartner
2V8: Bennett Collier (coxswain), Adriana Palmiere, Mari Irby, Allison McKenzie, Sharyl Koenig, Nicolette Pierantoni, Julia Turner, Tessa Cunha, Kylene Gilmore
V4: Sabitri Dolson (coxswain), Rachel Alvarez, AnaKarina Castrillo, Monica Posadas, Bailey Mindari
N4: Valerie Lim (coxswain), Sarah Gleason, Celeste DiLullo, Tiffany Gill, Alexa Gordon