SAN DIEGO - Raising funds in association with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the fight against breast cancer, the UC San Diego women's crew presented the 12th Annual Row for the Cure event Sunday on Mission Bay. Both the Triton men and women posted several solid results.
More than 600 people participated in this year's Row for the Cure for which between $13,000 and $15,000 was raised, making it the biggest event to date.
The majority of the funds raised at the regatta will be directed toward the San Diego community to support uninsured women with breast cancer treatment and services. The remaining funds will go toward breast cancer research at the national level.
The event additionally marked the unofficial start of UCSD's season.
On the men's side, UCSD's "A" and "B" teams took first place in all three events in which they competed, including the Open 8+ (11:19), the Collegiate Freshman 8+ (11:41) and the Novice 8+ (15:14) .
In the Women's Open 8+ event, the UCSD "B" team took a fourth-place finish with a time of 13:52. The UCSD "A" team (13:53) and "C" team (14:56) placed fifth and seventh, respectively.
"It was a great event, every year, it is bigger and better," said UCSD head women's rowing coach Colin Truex. "I thought we performed really well and worked hard. It was a great first race to start the season."
Also competing collegiately Sunday were crews from Orange Coast College, University of San Diego, San Diego State University and UCLA.
The event also featured races for kayaks, outriggers, surf-skis and stand-up paddleboards.
In the years to come, Truex hopes to see the participation in the event grow, which he believes will yield more funding to battling breast cancer.
The Tritons travel to Newport Beach on Sunday, Nov. 3, to compete in the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. The first event will commence at 6 a.m.