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Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
The UCSD crew program had a near perfect showing on day one of the SIRA Championships on Saturday.
All Three Triton Boats Advance on First Day of SIRA Championships
Release: Saturday 04/16/2011 
by UCSD
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The UC San Diego men's crew team traveled to Tennessee to compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship Regatta over the weekend and once again, the Tritons proved that they can compete with anyone in the country.

UCSD won the opening heats of the Novice Eight, Junior Varsity Eight and Varsity Eight races by open water on Melton Hill Lake on Saturday, while the Tritons' finished second in the Varsity Eight semifinal -- the only one of five races that UCSD didn't win. All three boats will compete in the finals tomorrow.

"It was a great day for us," head coach Zach Johnson said. "All of out boats advanced to the finals. This is what we came out here to do and I was impressed by our freshmen winning both of their races in open water."

The Novice Eight was UCSD's first race of the day, with the Tritons beating out Notre Dame, LSU, UTC, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech for the victory. UCSD posted a time of 6:38.4, which was well in front of the Fighting Irish, who finished second with a time of 6:47.19.

Later in the day, the Tritons raced in the semifinal, where they also managed to take first. This time UCSD recorded a time of 6:01.20 to finish six seconds ahead of second-place Purdue and the rest of a field that included the University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Tulane.

The Tritons' Junior Varsity Eight turned in a solid performance as well, winning the race with a final time of 6:04.10. This boat finished five seconds ahead of second place George Washington University. The win advanced the Junior Varsity boat straight to tomorrow's final.

UC San Diego's Varsity Eight edged Jacksonville by a slim three seconds in the first heat, locking in a time of 5:58.40. This advanced the boat to the semifinal where the Tritons played a major role in the most thrilling race of the day. The semifinal featured the UCSD, Virginia, Michigan State, Oklahoma City and Delaware. It came down to three boats finishing within 1.15 seconds of each other and the Cavaliers were first across the finish line with a time of 5:47.10, with the Tritons not far behind at 5:47.46, still securing a spot in Sunday's final. The Blue Hens finished third with a time of 5:48.23."

"We barely fell to Virginia," Johnson said. "It only gets harder from here. Next week we travel to WIRA Championships and the competition will be tough. As we move forward we are going to continue to be challenged and will have to step up. We are going to focus on tomorrow's finals for now."

Results:

Novice Eight - Heat 1
1. UCSD - 6:38.40
2. Notre Dame - 6:47.19
3. Georgia Tech - 6:49.16
4. Virginia Tech - 6:53.84
5. LSU - 7:24.48
6. UTC - 8:17.80

Junior Varsity Eight
1. UCSD - 6:04.10
2. GWU - 6:09.80
3. Ohio State - 6:34.65
4. Michigan State - 6:46.26

Varsity Eight - Heat 1
1. UCSD - 5:58.40
2. Jacksonville - 6:01.66
3. UNC - 6:03.72
4. Texas - 6:14.99
5. Virginia Tech - 6:44.18
6. NC State - 6:50.31

Novice Eight - Semifinal
1. UCSD - 6:01.20
2. Purdue - 6:07.47
3. UNC - 6:11.50
4. Georgia Tech - 6:17.50
5. Vanderbilt - 6:23.65
6. Tulane - 6:25.40

Varsity Eight - Semifinal
1. Virginia - 5:47.10
2. UCSD - 5:47.46
3. Delaware - 5:48.23
4. Michigan State - 5:56.40
5. Oklahoma City - 5:57.90

Friday, April 18
M Crew at Day One
7:00 AM
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Saturday, April 19
M Crew at Day Two
7:00 AM
Redwood Shores
Saturday, May 17
M Crew at Western Invitational
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