Men's and Women's Rowing to Take Part in Prestigious San Diego Crew Classic This Weekend
MISSION BAY, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s rowing teams are set to race at the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend. The local regatta, which has taken place since 1973, will feature racing at all levels, as well as opportunities for fans to dine and shop.
The iconic regatta is slated to take place across April 6 and 7 at Mission Bay. The entire schedule for this weekend is available here.
The Triton men’s first race of the regatta take place at either 8:24 or 8:32 a.m. on Saturday, as they compete in one of two heats of the Men’s Varsity American Specialty Health Cup. The Triton women’s first race will follow, as they participate in their heat of the Women’s Varsity UC San Diego Health Cup at either 8:40 or 8:48 a.m.
The UC San Diego men will have their Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, and Third Varsity 8 crews competing throughout the weekend, while the women’s Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, Varsity 4, and Novice 8 will take part.
Tickets for students, military, and children under 12 years old are free. Free tickets can be obtained here. Students and military will also be required to present valid IDs at the event entrance.
General admission tickets and VIP tent tickets can be purchased online here. General admission is $15 plus a $2.50 fee for each day.
HOW TO ATTEND
Parking at Crown Point is $20 on the weekend, with limited spots available. Fans can also park for free at Ski Beach. Free shuttles will take fans to and from the event starting at 6 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m. Be aware that Corona Oriente Road will be closed between Moorland and the northern-most parking lots.
Alumni, parents, and fans of Triton rowing are invited to enjoy a fun evening celebrating the UC San Diego men’s and women’s rowing teams at Eppig Brewing at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Eppig Brewing is located at 2817 Dickens St. in Point Loma.
During the Crew Classic on Sunday, alumni, parents, and Triton rowing fans are invited to a barbecue lunch, catered by Bekker’s Catering. The lunch will begin at 11 a.m. at the UC San Diego hospitality tent.
Throughout the weekend, visit the UC San Diego hospitality tent at the Crew Classic for snacks and beverages.
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At 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, the women’s rowing team will be holding a boat dedication. The Tritons will be dedicating the Jen Dutton, a new Hudson racing 4, in honor of late alumna Jennifer Dutton. Jen, a 2017 graduate from Revelle College, was a four-year rower and two-year team captain who passed away last fall after a short but brave battle with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Dozens of family members and teammates contributed to make the boat possible.
“The Crew Classic is one of the most exciting events of the year,” said Women’s Rowing Head Coach Colin Truex. “It’s great to be local and have all the alumni and parents come and have this great celebration, so it’s something we look forward to every year. As always, [I want to see the team] be aggressive. We’re racing up into Division I cups, so we’re racing really good teams. We have an opportunity to see how we stack up at the next level and I want to see them race confidently, aggressively, and without any fear.”
“The Crew Classic is considered the ‘start’ of the racing season for most collegiate rowing teams,” said Men’s Rowing Head Coach Zach Johnson. “Everyone of course wants to win the first big event, but our goals are more centered on the end of the season. We just want to continue to make progress and be at our fastest by the end of the year.”
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
Last season, both teams competed at the Crew Classic. The women’s Varsity 8 and Novice 8 will look to repeat their success this year, as they both came away victorious in their races. The Varsity 8 topped five other teams in the DII/DIII/Club Varsity 8 Grand Final with their mark of 7:24.447. In the DII/DIII/Club Novice 8 Final, the Triton Novice 8 turned in a time of 7:44.070 to triumph over four crews. View the full recap here.
The men’s Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 crews competed in the petite finals of their respective races last season. With a time of 6:37.37, the Second Varsity captured second place. The Varsity 8 crew crossed the finish line at 6:38.96, placing third. A full recap is available here.
The women will remain in San Diego following the Crew Classic. At 7 a.m. on April 19, they will go head-to-head with San Diego State in Chula Vista. The races are their final competition before the WIRA Championships.
The men will head to the east coast after the Crew Classic, traveling to Philadelphia. The Tritons will scrimmage St. Joseph’s on April 19, and compete at the Kerr Cup Invitational Regatta the following day. Like the women, the races will be their final tune-ups before the WIRA Championships.
FOLLOW THE ROWING TEAMS
Keep up with the Triton rowing teams all season long on social media. Follow the women’s team on Twitter (@UCSDwomenscrew) and Instagram (@UCSDwrowing), and keep up with the men’s team on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at their handle @UCSDmensrowing.
For the latest Triton apparel, visit the official team store of the Tritons 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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