Head Coach Patrick Kelly and Assistant Coach Sara-Mai Conway recently competed in the USRowing Masters National Championships. Both rowed as members of the Marina del Rey based Lions Rowing Club. The regatta was held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, CA from 8/21 through 8/24. Go to www.racetrak.com/usrowing/masters/2003/ for complete results.
Coach Conway competed in three events, bringing home two medals. She raced in the 'A' 2x(double), the 'A' 4x(quad), and the lightweight 'A' 1x(single). Sara-Mai teamed with Maryanne Naumann to capture the bronze medal in the 'A' 2x. She then proceeded to charge to a gold medal in the Lightweight 'A' 1x, earning the first ever National Championship for the Lions Rowing Club.
Coach Kelly competed in six events, earning top three designation in five. As a member of a composite crew with San Diego Rowing Club athletes, he earned a silver in the 'AA' quad. LMU alum Anthony Podegracz was also a member of this boat. Additionally, with SDRC rowers, Kelly finished 2nd in the 'A' 4+. In the 'B' 4x(quad) the LRC rowed to another silver medal finish, coming in behind Texas Rowing Club. In one of the tightest finishes of the day Kelly found himself on the downside of a very exciting finish. He and LRC teammates Mark Mason (cox), Dominic Scott (3), Mark May (2), and bowman Guillermo Lemus finished 3rd in the 'B' 4+, coming in .4 seconds off first place and .1 seconds off second place. Finally, Kelly helped the LRC to their second top placing of the regatta, earning the National Championship in the 'B' Mixed 8+. The LRC/Composite lineup for the mixed 8 was Mark Mason (cox), Pat Kelly (8), Craig Webster (7), Mark May (6), Dominic Scott (5), Lori Guererro (4), Helen Frykman (3), Wendy O'Brien (2), and Morgan Kays (bow).
The perpetual trophies for the light 'A' 1x and mixed 'B' 8 will stay with the LRC until next year's Masters Nationals, to be held in August 2004 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Lions Rowing Club was founded in September, 2002. The group rows out of the LMU Jane Browne Bove Boathouse. The membership has grown from an initial core group of 10 athletes to the present total of 60 members. The 2003 Masters Nationals Regatta was the sixth regatta in which LRC members participated. It was the LRC's first Masters Nationals. LRC can be reached at www.lionsRC.com.
• Women's A Light 1x - 1st
• Women's A 2x - 3rd
• Women's A Quad - 4th
• Men's B 4x - 2nd
• Mixed B 8+ - 1st
• Men's B 4+ - 3rd