SAN DIEGO — The University of California San Diego men’s rowing team fared well in this weekend’s Western Sprints Challenge at Mission Bay, which featured the Tritons, the University of San Diego, Gonzaga and Santa Clara.
UC San Diego won six of its nine races in the two-day event, as the Tritons JV and 3V crews each went unbeaten over the weekend.
“I’m very proud of the team and its overall performance,” said UC San Diego head coach Zach Johnson. “We showed tremendous depth with some of our key athletes still out.
“The varsity boat is a good team but is still finding its identity as the line-ups keep changing. We have very good seniors in that boat, and they will figure it out and help make their teammates better, which are keys to our success this year.”
The UC San Diego Varsity 8+ crew led in races against Gonzaga and USD before hitting some challenging water conditions. The Tritons finished second to Gonzaga’s time of 6-minutes, 9.35-seconds on Sunday, as UC San Diego crossed the finish line in 6:11.55.
The Tritons finished second to Santa Clara on Monday morning, as the Broncos recorded a time of 6:22.9 to edge the Tritons’ time of 6:29.9.
In its second race on Monday, UC San Diego’s Varsity 8+ crew fell short against USD. The Toreros finished with a time of 6:27.5, while the Tritons finished in 6:31.1.
UC San Diego’s JV and 3V crews enjoyed more success over the weekend. The Tritons JV crew (6:13.91) topped Gonzaga (6:17.98) on Sunday, before knocking off Santa Clara (6:32.1) with a time of 6:29.7 on Monday.
The Triton JV crew wrapped up the weekend by edging USD (6:40.7) with a time of 6:38.2.
UC San Diego’s 3V crew earned a victory over Gonzaga (6:35) on Sunday by crossing the finish line in 6:26, while the Tritons 4V crew placed third in 7:03. The Tritons continued to dominate on Monday, knocking off Santa Clara (6:51.9) with a time of 6:42.2, while the UC San Diego 4V crew took third at 7:18.9.
In addition, the Tritons 3V crew defeated USD (7:06.2) on Monday by finishing in 6:53.1, while the Tritons 4V crew placed third in 7:19.3.
UC San Diego returns to action in two weeks, as the Tritons host the San Diego Crew Classic March 24-25 at Mission Bay.