No. 5 Tritons Capture Berg Cup in Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The No. 5 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team captured the Berg Cup on Saturday morning, the second time in its past three seasons. It was an impressive performance all around from the Tritons, who placed first in three of the day's four races. The conditions were optimal, as the waters at Newport Beach were calm.
UCSD A claimed the top spot in the Varsity 8 race, turning in a time of 6:42.0 on the 2K course to defeat UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
The Tritons also came away with first-place finishes in the Novice 8 and Varsity 4 races. With a mark of 7:12.4, the Triton Novice 8 squad crossed the finish line ahead of UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, and UC Santa Barbara.
UC San Diego’s Varsity 4 crew turned in a mark of 7:20.5 to round out the trio of top finishes, placing first of six boats.
“It was great to go up and perform well today, especially after a tough week of exams and irregular practices,” said Head Coach Colin Truex about the Tritons’ performances. “The team really stepped up, from top to bottom and they earned those wins today. I am especially excited for the novice eight who put together a fantastic race and earned the first victory of their rowing careers. With spring break training and two big racing weekends ahead of us we have to keep grinding and not sit back on our success. This team has shown it can compete and as long as we stay hungry, we will keep getting faster!”
Next, the Tritons will head to Oklahoma City to battle some of its fellow top-ranked teams. UC San Diego will race at the Central Sprints, racing against No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 6 Humboldt State, Jefferson, Nova Southeastern (RV), Rollins, and No. 2 Western Washington.
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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.
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