SAN DIEGO -
The UC San Diego women's crew team hosted the 10th Annual Row for the Cure event Sunday at Mission Bay and the fundraiser benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the fight against breast cancer was once again a rousing success.
A total of 491 individuals pariticipated in the event, which was open to all human-powered water craft. In addition to crews from USC, the University of San Diego, Orange Coast College and UCSD, the day's festivities featured stand-up paddlers, outrigger canoes, surfskis and kayaks.
Sunday's fundrasier brought in over $15,000 through donations, both in-person and online, and through the "Change for the Cure" tubes that UCSD student-athletes passed around on campus.
The majority of the funds brought in during the regatta will go directly to support uninsured women with breast cancer in
the San Diego area, while the remainder of the funds will go towards national
breast cancer research.
Sunday also served as UCSD's unofficial start to the season, with the Tritons faring very well in their first races of the year.
UCSD finished fourth and sixth in the Open Collegiate Varsity Eight category behind a strong and deep USD team, but the first eight came in less than a minute behind the Toreros and the second eight finished 20 seconds off the first unit's pace.
The Varsity Four came in third place and the Novice Eight finished second behind USD.
"We've been battling illness and injury and we had to make some last minute line-up adjustments, so our strong showing is just the platform we were looking for in our first race," head coach Pattie Pinkerton
said. "Its indicative of how well the team is working together.
"Our ladies really stepped up and maintained their focus while we hosted this regatta, which means so much to us."
The UCSD men's team also competed on Sunday, with the Tritons easily winning the Collegiate Four and the Collegiate Double events.
The Tritons will be back in action with the Head of the Marina next Saturday and the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Sunday.