NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's crew team put together a handful of strong finishes at the Berg Cup on Saturday, capturing second place in the varsity four, novice eight and JV eight races. The Tritons faced crews from defending champion Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, Chapman and UC Irvine.
"We had a good regatta," said UCSD head coach Pattie Pinkerton. "Our varsity four had a heck of a race."
The Triton varsity four shell saw more excitement than usual in its race, as rower Catie Martinez's foot broke loose of the stretcher in the middle of the competition. At 1000 meters, LMU pushed out and coxswain Thuy-Uyen Huynh decided to push UCSD's boat early. With the early push, the Tritons made up most of the difference between the two boats, finishing behind LMU by just six tenths of a second at 7:39.0. The UCSD "B" boat finished last in the race, with a time of 8:35.2.
UCSD also finished second in the novice eight race, coming in at 7:05 behind winner OCC, which clocked in at 6:46. The Tritons entered a "B" shell in this race as well, finishing behind the rest of the field at 7:42.7.
"OCC had an extraordinairy race," Pinkerton said. "There were six boats at the floating start, which is a lot. Half of the field didn't hear the start. Our eighth rower was still maneuvering to get in at the whistle. We worked our way back to third by the halfway point, then threw down the hammer with 300 meters left."
On the JV eight side, UCSD only had one other competitor in LMU. The LMU boat jumped out on the start and UCSD could not make up the lengths. UCSD finished at 7:25.2.
"Our JV eight has improved a lot, but we beleived we could have attacked it more," said Pinkerton. "We've made good technical changes, now we need to get in attack mode."
The Triton varisty eight finished fourth in its race with a time of 6:52.5. The Tritons were battling with the rest of the field throughout the first half, then lost some steam in the home stretch. LMU won the varsity eight contest with a time of 6:25.
"It was like last week," Pinkerton said. "We had a great first half then just lost our time. This week, our time was faster, but we still need to put together two halves of a race.
"Everything we're doing is all coming together, varsity eight is just taking a little longer. They have really high expectations for themselves," she said. "We'll start with a clean sheet on Monday and focus on next weekend's Crew Classic."
UCSD will be back in the water next weekend, as the squad will face impressive crews from around the country at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The Berg Cup
March 24, 2012
Newport Beach, Calif.
1. LMU 6:25
2. LBSU 6:44
3. OCC 6:45.3
4. UCSD 6:52.5
5. Chapman 7:15.7
6. UCI 7:27.7
1. LMU 7:38.4
2. UCSD "A" 7:39.0
3. UCI 7:45.1
4. OCC 8:21.1
5. UCSD "B" 8:35.2
1. OCC 6:46.0
2. UCSD "A" 7:05
3. LBSU 7:08.2
4. UCI 7:19.9
5. OCC "B" 7:24.5
6. UCSD "B" 7:42.7
1. LMU 6:53.7
2. UCSD 7:25.2