Tritons Rise to Second in Latest USRowing/CRCA Poll
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California women’s rowing team has gained a slot in the USRowing/CRCA weekly poll, moving up to second place. The poll was released on Wednesday.
Previously third, UC San Diego passed the Florida Institute of Technology to claim the second-place slot. With 163 points, the Tritons only trail the University of Central Oklahoma, who holds first with 197 points. The two teams’ Varsity 8 crews had the best performances at last year’s NCAA Division II Championships, as Central Oklahoma took first and the Tritons turned in a runner-up finish.
UC San Diego’s rise in the poll comes on the heels of the WIRA Championships. The Tritons’ Varsity 8 crew had the best time in either DII/DIII/Club heat on Saturday (6:48.734), earning a spot in the grand final. In Sunday’s grand final, the Tritons crossed the finish line at 6:47.670, narrowly edged by Central Oklahoma (6:46.001) to finish second.
The Varsity 4 crew also earned a spot in Sunday’s DII/DIII/Club grand final after an impressive performance on Saturday (7:54.757). As with the Varsity 8 crew, the Varsity 4 achieved a silver-medal finish in their grand final. With their time of 7:37.671, the Tritons only trailed Central Oklahoma (7:28.341).
UC San Diego’s next competition will be the Dad Vail Regatta, held in Philadelphia from May 10-11. Central Oklahoma will not be competing at the regatta, but the Tritons will face No. 3 Florida Institute of Technology there.
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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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