May 3- 4, 2008--Lake Natoma, Calif.

The Men's Crew team placed fourth overall out of 15 boats competing in the Men's Novice 4 category in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) annual regatta.

Coxswain Brad Alban '11 noted that the team's best race was Friday, when they rowed a 7:09.2 to finish second in their heat. Their time proved to be the second-fastest time out of all the boats in the category.

On the strength of that finish, the team moved on to the final on Saturday, where they finished fourth behind USD, Puget Sound, and Sonoma State. The fifth-place boat, from San Diego State, finished only seconds behind SMC, and regatta officials used video footage to award the proper places. Santa Clara's boat rounded out the event, finishing sixth.

The team will take the same successful crew to compete May 9-10 at the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Good luck and go Gaels!

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