LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s rowing team has announced its schedule for the 2018-19 season. The Tritons take part in three contests for their nontraditional schedule, before opening their regular season in March. Head Coach Colin Truex is excited for a schedule that features the staple races of years past in addition to new challenges.
“We have a very competitive race schedule this spring with a great mix of our [Division II] West Region rivals as well as plenty of [Division I] competition,” Truex said about the team’s upcoming slate. “Overall, a challenging schedule, but I believe this team has the potential to go for the win at every single event.”
On Oct. 13, the Tritons start the action when they host their annual Row for the Cure at Mission Bay. This is the 18th year that the Tritons have hosted the event to raise money for the nonprofit foundation Susan G. Komen, which provides assistance to breast cancer patients.
The Tritons follow up with another annual tradition in November, as they take part in the San Diego Fall Classic. They will compete at 6 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Mission Bay.
UC San Diego returns to Mission Bay once again for their final nontraditional event on Feb. 16. The Tritons face crosstown rivals USD and San Diego State, as well as Orange Coast College, in a scrimmage at 6 a.m.
The regular season begins on March 9, as the Tritons compete at the Sacramento State Invitational. They look to continue their success from last season, as two of their boats earned first place finishes.
UC San Diego then has two weeks off before returning to action on March 23. The Tritons will head up the coast to Newport Beach in order to race at the Berg Cup at 7 a.m.
Next, the Tritons travel to Oklahoma City to take part in the two-day Central Sprints. On March 29 and 30, they will face off against Central Oklahoma (UCO), Humboldt State, Jefferson, Nova Southeastern, Rollins and Western Washington on the Oklahoma River.
“Perhaps the most exciting race on our schedule is the Central Sprints hosted by defending NCAA Champions UCO,” Truex said about the event. “We will be heading out there at the end of Spring Break to take on the Bronchos as well as several [Division II] programs from other regions. It should make for a very exciting weekend and give us an early season opportunity to see how we stack against the best teams in the country.”
UC San Diego returns home to start the month of April, competing in the San Diego Crew Classic on April 6 and 7. The yearly event will be held at 7 a.m. at Crown Point. After winning last year’s Division II/III events, the Tritons will be racing in the Division I events this season.
The Tritons then remain in San Diego, as they go head-to-head with San Diego State on April 19. The two teams will battle at 7 a.m. at the Olympic Training Center of Chula Vista.
On April 27 and 28, the Tritons will start their championship series at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The action is slated to start at 7 a.m. in Rancho Cordova on both days.
The Tritons then take part in the Dad Vail Regatta. UC San Diego looks to claim the Henry Backe Trophy once again with another Varsity 8 first-place finish at the Philadelphia regatta.
The season concludes with the 2019 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, which will be held from May 31-June 2 at the Indianapolis Rowing Center. UC San Diego is coming off of a runner-up finish in the Varsity 8 Grand Final, which tied the best finish in program history.
All of the Tritons’ home contests are free to attend, with the exception of the San Diego Crew Classic. To view the full 2018-19 schedule, click here.
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.
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