Photo by: Andy Wilhelm

Tritons Take Second at San Diego Fall Classic


SAN DIEGO – The University of California San Diego men’s rowing team competed at the San Diego Fall Classic on Sunday morning. It was a clear, sunny morning at Mission Bay for the team’s final action of the fall, with a large crowd on hand at the event.

The Tritons solely competed in Men’s Open 8+, one of the day’s opening races. They were pitted against crews from Arizona State, Orange Coast College, San Diego State, UCLA, and University of San Diego. 

UCSD A had the Tritons’ best finish, clinching second with a time of 15:35.266. The squad was less than a second off of University of San Diego’s first place mark of 15:34.419.

Two slots behind the A team was UCSD B, who recorded a time of 15:54.385 in the regatta. UCSD C took seventh, crossing the finish line in 16:30.233. 

Head Coach Zach Johnson felt that the Tritons performed well, especially given some last-minute adjustments to all three lineups and less time on the water than their opponents.

“We’re a month behind everyone in the fall, so the goal is always to win, but even more so just to have a good race,” Johnson said. “Talking to the guys, they seemed to have a pretty good race. [Seven tenths of a] seconds and a month behind, I’ll take it in a heartbeat. We’ll get there by the time we hit March racing.” 

Prior to the start of the team’s official season at the UC Cup Challenge on March 2, they will travel to Newport Beach on Feb. 23 to scrimmage Orange Coast College.

UCSD A: Kelsey Hirota, Caleb O’Neil, Kenneth Padden, Steven Bolton, Wesley Reynolds, Greg Coffman, Ryan Newbury, Logan Poseley, and Grayson Hanson

UCSD B: Madelyn Brown, Hayden McCormick, Alex Terrazas, Kevin Schlitz, Ken Ponchak, Noa Kerner, Daniel Amado, Victor de Cos, and Kevin Mead

UCSD C: Rina Patel, Max Igou, Adrian Dinescu, Andrew Garrow, Sean Reynolds, Gabriel Kunkel, Tazio Capozzola, Trevor Kelly, and Felix Sorokine


About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

Follow The Tritons
For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at and through social media on Twitter (@ucsdtritons), Instagram (@ucsdtritons) and Facebook (ucsdtritons).


More From UCSD
M Rowing