No. 3 Tritons Earn Four Runner-Up Finishes on Final Day of WIRA Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team earned runner-up finishes in each of their four grand finals as the WIRA Championships came to a close on Sunday afternoon.
"The team performed outstanding today," said Head Coach Colin Truex. "I am so proud of how the JV8 and N8 finished their seasons with amazing races and silver medals. The V8 and V4 made statements with their performances and can feel pretty good about where they stand in terms of making the NCAA Championships. With WIRA behind us, now we can get back to training for Vails. There will be some competitive DII programs out there and it will be a good test for us and we prep for NCAAs."
The Varsity 8 crew was the first to compete on the day, taking on No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 6 Humboldt State, No. 5 Seattle Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, and No. 4 Western Washington in the DII/DIII/Club grand final. With several of the nation’s top-ranked teams competing, it was a competitive race, and all six boats ultimately finished within seven seconds of each other. Crossing the finish line at 6:47.670, the Tritons were barely edged by Central Oklahoma (6:46.001) and earned second place.
The Tritons’ Varsity 4 crew also trailed only Central Oklahoma (7:28.341) at the conclusion of their DII/DIII/Club Grand Final. With their time of 7:37.671, the Tritons topped Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, Humboldt State, and Orange Coast for a runner-up finish.
In the Women’s Second Varsity 8 - DII/DIII/Club grand final, UC San Diego was pitted against Humboldt State, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific, and Western Washington. Defeating four of its competitors, UC San Diego turned in a mark of 7:07.587 in the race. The only crew to come in ahead of the Tritons was Seattle Pacific (7:02.849).
UC San Diego’s final second-place performance came in the Women’s Novice 8 grand final. The Tritons crossed the finish line in front of UC Irvine, Pacific Lutheran, UC Davis, and Humboldt State with their time of 7:19.544. Only Sacramento State (7:15.945) had a faster mark.
Next up for the Tritons is the 81st Dad Vail Regatta. UC San Diego will travel to Philadelphia to take part in the two-day regatta, which will take place from May 10-11. The competition is their final event before the NCAA Championships.
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