LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego women's crew concludes their fall season on Sunday as part of the Head of the Lagoon in Foster City. Scheduled start time for the regatta is 7:00 a.m.
Two weeks ago in Mission Bay, the Tritons hosted the ninth annual Row for the Cure event, competing and raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The fundraiser generated $20,000 and counting for breast cancer detection and treatment for women in the San Diego community and across the nation, with 650 participants turning out for the largest showing in the history of the event. UCSD also succeeded on the water, as the women won each of the categories they competed in. As the novices picked up a win in their first collegiate regatta, the varsity eight, lightweight four, and varsity four continued to build on the program's success from last season.
"I can't wait to see how we do this weekend. I've been pushing this year's team harder and faster than with any squad in the past," said head coach Pattie Pinkerton.
Pinkerton guided women's crew to an impressive 2009-10 season. The varsity eight finished second at the San Diego Fall Classic last November, while the novices were winners in the spring as part of the UC San Diego Regatta. While the varsity eight took part in the Florida Division II Challenge in March, it was the second varsity eight who advanced to the petite final and finished sixth during the San Diego Crew Classic.
After a fourth place showing by the varsity eight and another win by the novices at the Berg Cup, the Tritons took part in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. The varsity eight finished third in their race with a time of 7:41 in the petite final, and the second varsity put together a WIRA performance time and third place finish of 8:01.9 in their final race of the event. UCSD then concluded their season on a high note at the Pacific Coast rowing Championships, as 24 Tritons earned a total of 26 medals, including a 1-2 finish in the Collegiate Single Scull by Summer Austin and returner Carolyn Belak.
The last time UCSD competed at the Head of the Lagoon was two seasons ago in Redwood City. With a field of over 200 crews and a winding, five-kilometer course, the varsity eight finished five seconds ahead of Cal Maritime and 21 seconds in front of Division II foe Sonoma State to earn a silver medal in their race.
"We've been moving really well and we have an exciting group of recruits and novices," said Pinkerton. "This is the culmination of our fall season as we head into winter training."
With UCSD concluding their fall season after this weekend's regatta, women's crew will not return to action until March 5, when they will travel to Tempe, Arizona for the Desert Sprints.