All Four of No. 3 Tritons' Boats Earn Spots in Grand Finals at WIRA Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team captured a pair of top finishes as well as a pair of second-place finishes in their heats on day one of the WIRA Championships, earning all four boats spots in tomorrow’s grand finals.
“The whole team performed very well today,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “We set the goal of getting the whole team into the grand finals and we accomplished that! I am particularly excited about what the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 did today by winning their heats. The competition here is as tough as it has ever been, and we really raced well. It was only step one, and we have to perform even better tomorrow. I know that they are up for the challenge!”
In heat two of the Women’s Varsity 8 – DII/DIII/Club, the Tritons took on No. 6 Humboldt State, Pacific, Puget Sound, UC Berkeley’s lightweight crew, and Washington State. UC San Diego claimed the top slot by crossing the finish line at 6:48.734. The Tritons’ time was over eight seconds faster than second-place Humboldt State (6:56.766). Additionally, UC San Diego’s mark was the best of both heats, faster than reigning NCAA champion No. 1 Central Oklahoma, who recorded a time of 6:49.165 to place first in heat one.
It was another top finish for the Tritons in heat two of the Women’s Varsity 4 – DII/DIII/Club. UC San Diego faced off with Central Oklahoma B, No. 5 Seattle Pacific, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, and UC Davis. The Tritons turned in a time of 7:54.757 in the race, with Seattle Pacific (7:57.760) and Central Oklahoma B (8:11.310) completing the top three.
In the Women’s Second Varsity 8 – DII/DIII/Club and Women’s Novice Varsity 8 – DII/DIII/Club, the Tritons also turned in impressive performances. The Second Varsity 8 crew nabbed second place in heat one with a mark of 7:26.494. Seattle Pacific (7.17.999) was the only crew to finish ahead of the Tritons, as UC San Diego defeated Puget Sound (7:35.321), Chico State (8:32.780), and Mills (8:49.740).
Likewise, the Tritons’ Novice 8 crew also earned a runner-up finish in their heat. With their time of 7:43.955 in their heat, they trailed only Sacramento State (7:36.113) while topping Humboldt State (7:49.009), UC Santa Barbara (7:56.048), and Orange Coast (8:12.614).
The Tritons will return to action tomorrow morning, with the final day of the WIRA Championships slated to begin at 8 a.m.
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