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UCSD's varsity eight boat finished third in their race during the Head of the Lagoon on Sunday.
UCSD Finishes Fall With Two Wins, Strong Performances at Head of the Lagoon
Release: Tuesday 11/14/2010 
by UCSD
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - UCSD women's crew finished their fall season with two gold medals at the Head of the Lagoon in Foster City on Sunday. The Tritons competed during great conditions in the Foster City Lagoon, navigating through three bridges, islands, and channels en route to top finishes among a record number of entries at the regatta.

The varsity four of Denise Kleckner, Courtney Escajeda, Collette Lefuel , Jennifer Burke and coxswain Stephanie Pham finished third, topping St. Mary's "B" boat at the line and completing the race just behind Sonoma State and winning crew St Mary's "A" boat. The foursome then doubled into the varsity eight, with Escajeda replacing injured Daisy Orta in the line-up. The varsity eight twice stopped to avoid collision, before finishing third. The second varsity had slightly more success, however, placing second in the race behind Sonoma State.

The lightweight eight came through with flying colors, passing Open Eight crews, as they took out line honors in their event. Senior Kelly Temes stroked the lightweight eight, backed by Ellen Umeda, Claire Chen, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Julie Shen, Katrina Kettler and novices Nicole Storslett and Shelby Kelley. The novice eight "A" crew recorded a fifth place finish, while the "B" crew was disqualified in the same race.

"Fall head races provide us with some long distance racing experiences," said head coach Pattie Pinkerton. "Our training has been going really well, and we were hoping to get a solid read on our speed. As it turns out, we've got the speed, but with the challenges of the course and steering through the bridges and other crews, our coxswains got quite a workout as well."

Triton newcomers Christina Niffenegger, Caroline Baratz, Lindsey Harris, Katherine Tehaney and coxswain Cheyenne Bueno jumped from the second varsity eight into the novice four. The group shook off any fatigue to win the event by three seconds. Lightweights Temes, Umeda, Dixon-Word and Chen also doubled, racing in the lightweight four and finishing seventh against fresh competition. Pham pulled the largest workload of the day, coxing three races for a total of 30 kilometers on the course.

"We have so much depth and power this year, and the fact that most of our rowers doubled today and held their own is pretty amazing," said Pinkerton. "I believe that we've come out of this regatta with the confidence to attack our spring races."

The Tritons will look to take their strong performances into winter training before returning for their spring season. UCSD's next regatta will be the Desert Sprints, March 5 in Tempe, Arizona with a scheduled start time of 8:00 a.m.

Women's Open Four

1. St Mary's College "A" 21:54.0

2. Sonoma State 22:04.0

3. UC San Diego 22:17.0

4. St Mary's College "B" 22:17.5

5. Cal Maritime 22:21

6. River City RC 22:40


Women's Open Eight

1. Sonoma State 20:32.0

2. UC San Diego "B" 21:49.0

3. UC San Diego "A" 21:59.0

4. University of Pacific 22:46.0


Lightweight Eight

1. UC San Diego 22:11.0


Collegiate Novice Eights

1. St Mary's College "A" 21:11.0

2. St Mary's College "B" 21:29.0

3. Sonoma State "A" 22:08.0

4. Cal Lightweights 23:15.0

5. UC San Diego "A" 24:16.0

6. St. Mary's College "C" 24:35.0

7. UC San Diego DQ

8. Sonoma State B DQ


Novice/Intermediate Four

1. UC San Diego 24:21.0

2. JackLondon AC 24:24

3. Palo Alto RC 25:28.0

4. Upper Natoma RC 25:53.0


Lightweight Four

1. Norcal RC 22:18

2. Los Gatos RC 22:59

3. Cal Lightweights 23:01.0

4. River City RC 23:04.0

5. Upper Natoma 23:07.0

6. Pacific RC 23:12.0

7. UC San Diego 23:21

8. Norcal B 23:24.0

9. Pacific RC 24:30

10. Norcal C 25:25.0

11. Cal Lightweights A 26:07.0

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