September 04, 2009


Esther Lofgren, a Newport Harbor High product, was a part of a women’s four that captured the silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland last week.

Lofgren and her crew held of Canada for the silver. The Netherlands led the race from start to finish, winning the gold medal in a 6 minutes, 31.34 seconds. The U.S. boat was in fourth place at the 500-meter mark, but was able to pull ahead of Belarus by the halfway point to move into third. A bad stroke at the 1,250 meter-mark set the U.S. crew back only momentarily; the quartet quickly recovered and took the Canadians in the sprint, crossing 0.86 seconds ahead in a 6:36.01.


Lofgren, the stroke seat, also won silver in the event at the 2008 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships.


The UC Irvine men’s water polo team will host UCLA and Long Beach State in a scrimmage tournament today at Anteater Pool, where an alumni match will take place afterward.

The scrimmage games, consisting of three eight-minute quarters, will start at 9 a.m. and the UCI Alumni match will start at approximately 2:45 p.m

The alumni team will be quite formidable with the list of expected participants including Ryan Bailey, Dreason Barry, Cameron Bassett, Cole Bitter, Nik Clair-Williams, Andy Coffman, Pete Fischler, Marcus Garcia, Steve Gill, Ofer Horn, Tim Hutten, Genai Kerr, Dan Klatt, Kevin Leinbach, Manfredo Lespier, Colin Mello, Jean Michel, Chris Peters and Nate White.

Bailey, Hutten, Kerr and Klatt are past Olympians.

— From staff reports

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