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The second-place finish matched a program best.

Gutsy Performance Leads to Second-Place Finish in Varsity 8 Grand Final at NCAA Championships


SARASOTA, Fla. - Matching a program best, the University of California San Diego women's rowing team finished second in the Varsity 8 Grand Final at the NCAA Division II Championships Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park.

UC San Diego recorded a time of 6:51.352 over the 2,000-meter course. Central Oklahoma cruised to an open water victory in 6:45.898. Florida Tech finished third in 6:51.708 and Western Washington was just behind in 6:51.795.

The Tritons' Varsity 8 crew is coxswain Juni Kim, Brooke Campbell, Tonya Khounani, Kyley Jones, Sydney McGuire, Catherine Mosher, Jane Zanteson, Alana Zaleski, and Audrey Ruttan.

UC San Diego, racing in lane four, was in third place early with a deck-length lead over Western Washington. The Tritons dropped into fourth, but it was super tight between them, WWU, and Florida Tech from the 1,000-meter mark on. Approaching the finish, the three boats were just about even, but the Tritons made a strong push to cross the line ahead of the Panthers and Vikings by a bow ball.

Central Oklahoma led wire-to-wire and was able to obtain a half-length open water lead with 500 meters remaining in the race.

UC San Diego was making its seventh appearance at the NCAA Division II Championships. It was the fourth Varsity 8 Grand Final outing for the Tritons. The crew placed second in 2007 and 2008 and third in 2013.

In Friday's action, UC San Diego was second in its morning heat race and went on to win the V8 Repechage in the afternoon to secure its spot in Saturday's Grand Final.

UC San Diego, along with Barry, earned Varsity 8 at-large berths in the NCAA Championships field. Central Oklahoma, Florida Tech, Mercyhurst, and Western Washington were fielding full teams with Varsity 8 as well as Varsity 4 crews, making them eligible for a team national title.

The 2018 team national championship went to Central Oklahoma as it won the Varsity 8 Grand Final and finished second in the Varsity 4 Grand Final. It was the first-ever title for the Bronchos.

Western Washington won the Varsity 4 Grand Final, while Mercyhurst was the victor in the Varsity 8 Petite Final.

Friday, May 25
Varsity 8 Heat 1
1. Central Oklahoma 6:51.784
2. Florida Tech 7:04.691
3. Mercyhurst 7:28.039

Varsity 8 Heat 2
1. Western Washington 6:54.094
2. UC San Diego 6:57.572
3. Barry 7:15.514

Varsity 8 Repechage
1. UC San Diego 6:36.734
2. Florida Tech 6:39.141
3. Barry 6:42.859
4. Mercyhurst 6:43.154

Saturday, May 26
Varsity 8 Grand Final - 5:26 a.m. PT
1. Central Oklahoma 6:45.898
2. UC San Diego 6:51.352
3. Florida Tech 6:51.708
4. Western Washington 6:51.795

Varsity 8 Petite Final - 5:50 a.m. PT
1. Mercyhurst 7:05.902
2. Barry 7:13.136

Team Standings
1. Central Oklahoma, 18 points
2. Western Washington, 14
3. Florida Tech, 13
4. Mercyhurst, 3


2018 - Central Oklahoma
2017 - Western Washington
2016 - Barry
2015 - Barry
2014 - Humboldt State
2013 - Nova Southeastern
2012 - Humboldt State
2011 - Western Washington
2010 - Western Washington
2009 - Western Washington
2008 - Western Washington
2007 - Western Washington
2006 - Western Washington
2005 - Western Washington
2004 - Mercyhurst
2003 - UC Davis
2002 - UC Davis


2018 - V8 2nd
2017 - V8 6th, V4 4th, team 4th
2013 - V8 3rd
2008 - V8 2nd, V4 2nd, team 2nd
2007 - V8 2nd, V4 2nd, team 2nd
2006 - V8 5th, V4 3rd, team 4th
2005 - V8 5th


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