SAN DIEGO - UC San Diego's Varsity 8 crew turned in a strong performance in Saturday's heat races to advance to Sunday's Grand Final at the 43rd San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.
The Tritons' V8 placed second in its six-boat Cal Cup heat, recording a time of 6:16.19. Purdue won the heat, two seconds ahead of UCSD in 6:14.40. Following UC San Diego were UC Davis, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Sacramento State.
The top two finishers from each of the three heats advanced to Sunday's Grand Final, which will run at 9:52 a.m. Joining UCSD and Purdue will be British Columbia, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and Temple.
UC San Diego's Second Varsity 8 took third in its five-boat heat, crossing the finish line in 6:24.70. Cal topped the field in 6:02.67. Trailing UCSD were UCLA and UC Davis.
The Tritons will row in Sunday's Second Varsity 8 Petit Final, taking on Purdue, San Diego, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. The race goes off at 8:32 a.m.
In Saturday's Novice 8 action, UCSD was fourth of five in Heat A, coming in at 6:59.16. Moving on to the Petit Final, the Tritons placed fifth, logging a 7:02.22. Notre Dame won the race in 6:51.22.
In addition to its V8 Grand Final and 2V8 Petit Final races, UC San Diego will have a Third Varsity 8 in a final-only event Sunday, which starts at 9:04 a.m. Joining the Tritons are Cal, San Diego State, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara.
Collegiate Varsity 8 Heat B (Cal Cup)
1. Purdue 6:14.402
2. UC San Diego 6:16.188
3. UC Davis 6:21.942
4. Notre Dame 6:26.052
5. San Diego State 6:33.140
6. Sacramento State 7:13.496
Collegiate Second Varsity 8 Heat A
1. Cal 6:02.668
2. Michigan 6:16.463
3. UC San Diego 6:24.701
4. UCLA 6:36.489
5. UC Davis 7:10.119
Collegiate Novice 8 Heat A
1. Cal 6:16.329
2. Washington State 6:53.741
3. British Columbia 6:58.459
4. UC San Diego 6:59.159
5. Long Beach State 7:13.080
Collegiate Novice 8 Petit Final
1. Notre Dame 6:51.218
2. UCLA 6:53.386
3. British Columbia 6:56.730
4. UC Santa Barbara 7:00.965
5. UC San Diego 7:02.215
6. UC Davis 7:04.204
Varsity 8: Isa Batki (cox), Sean Callaghan, Tynan Rodger, Scott Kennedy, Gabriel Lane, Gibb Anella, John Buda, Hank Wong, Alec Petty
Second Varsity 8: Lily Ouyang (cox), Kevin Chang, Bryan Brennan, Sam Calvert, Anton Hedayat, Carson West, Sam Merrill-Palethorpe, Nick Baltar, Aaron Rothleder