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Photo by: UCSD
The Tritons kicked off the 2011 season in Long Beach on Saturday.
UCSD Powers Through Season Opener with Strong Finishes
Release: Friday 03/05/2011 
by UCSD
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Competing in its season opening regatta, the UC San Diego women's crew team raced against UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and UC Irvine on Saturday at the historic Long Beach Marine Stadium.

Head coach Pattie Pinkerton entered a total of six boats in five races. The races were the varsity eight, novice eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice four. UCSD senior Kelly Temes stroked the Triton varsity eight crew backed up by sophomore Alyssa Dixon-Word at seven-seat. Junior Collette Lefuel sat in the engine room at six along with freshmen Carolyn Baratz and Christina Niffeneger and senior Jen Burke at five, four and three, respectively. Julie Montes and Chelsea Bollinger sat in the hot seats at bow and two. This top boat finished second with a time of 7:35.9 behind UCSB.

"We had more distance for each stroke," said Pinkerton. "As we bring up the rating, we will add more speed. We are working on power through the water right now and the speed will come with that."

The top boat from UCSB won the event at 7:19.09, while Irvine's lead boat came in third at 7:36.7. Triton boats had a solid showing throughout the five races although Santa Barbara swept the four races it participated in. UCSD had two boats in the varsity four race which finished in third and fourth place out of five boats.

"It really was a great weekend for us," Pinkerton continued. "We hoped for a good, competitive start and most of all a race that would build confidence. This is exactly what we achieved. It was a stellar effort and we are so excited about the coming season."

The Tritons will return to action in next Saturday, March 12 competing in the Sacramento Invite at Gold River, before heading to Florida March 25-26 to battle in the Division II Florida Duals.

Results:

Women's Varsity Eight
1. UC Santa Barbara 7:19.09
2. UC San Diego 7:35.9
3. UC Irvine 7:36.7
4. Long Beach State 8:09.5

Women's Novice Eight
1. UC Santa Barbara 8:41.52
2. UC San Diego 8:48.64
3. Long Beach State 9.05.6
4. UC Irvine 9:26.59

Women's Second Varsity Eight
1. UC Santa Barbara 7: 39.8
2. UC San Diego 7: 48

Women's Varsity Four (1300 m)
1. UC Santa Barbara
2. UC Irvine
3. UC San Diego LTS
4. UC San Diego D-II
5. Long Beach State

Womens' Novice Four (1300m)
1. UC San Diego
2. UC Irvine
3. Long Beach

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