SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego men's rowing team wrapped up action Sunday at the 41st San Diego Crew Classic with its Novice 8 boat posting its best-ever finish at the event.
Competing in the Derek Guelker Memorial Cup Grand Final, UCSD's Novice 8 crew placed third, its highest finish ever at the Crew Classic. The Tritons came in with a time of 6:36.75. Cal won the race in 6:13.95, while Orange Coast College was second, clocking a 6:34.81 to place just in front of UCSD. Finishing behind UC San Diego were UC Santa Barbara in fourth (6:41.28), the University of San Diego in fifth (6:43.18) and UC Davis in sixth (6:45.82).
UCSD's previous highest placing for a Novice 8 boat was fourth.
The crew earned its spot in Sunday's Grand Final by finishing second in its heat on Saturday with a time of 6:23.1, just behind UC Davis' winning time of 6:21.8. In the heat race, the Tritons placed in front of British Columbia, UCLA and USC.
UC San Diego had two other crews competing in Petite Finals Sunday.
The Tritons won the eight-boat 2nd Varsity 8 Petite Final with a time of 6:21.32. They out-paced UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, UCLA, Washington State, San Diego State and Long Beach State.
In the Collegiate Invitational Varsity 8 Petite Final, the Tritons placed fourth, crossing the finish line in 6:20.85. Michigan RA posted a winning time of 6:11.95, while Gonzaga was second (6:14.75) and UC Santa Barbara placed third (6:17.13). Finishing behind UCSD in fifth was Trinity (Conn.) with a time of 6:22.42.
UCSD next competes at the George Washington Invitational, April 11-12, in Washington, D.C.
Novice 8 Grand Final - Derek Guelker Memorial Cup
1. Cal 6:13.95
2. Orange Coast College 6:34.81
3. UCSD 6:36.75
4. UC Santa Barbara 6:41.28
5. University of San Diego 6:43.18
6. UC Davis 6:45.82
Collegiate Invitational Varsity 8 Petite Final
1. Michigan RA 6:11.95
2. Gonzaga 6:14.75
3. UC Santa Barbara 6:17.13
4. UCSD 6:20.85
5. Trinity (Conn.) 6:22.42
2nd Varsity 8 Petite Final
1. UCSD 6:21.32
2. UC Santa Barbara 6:24.54
3. Santa Clara 6:34.34
4. UC Irvine 6:36.61
5. UCLA 6:37.20
6. Washington State 6:51.05
7. San Diego State 6:56.75
8. Long Beach State 7:15.63