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Freshman 8 Wins, Varsity 8 Places Third at Western Sprints
Release: Saturday 05/17/2014 
by UCSD
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's rowing team recorded mixed results Saturday at the Western Sprints on the Sacramento River.

UCSD's Freshman 8 won its race, while the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 both finished third.

The Varsity 8 was won by Gonzaga with a time of 6:07.2. The University of San Diego was second in 6:09.8 with UCSD third (6:16.4) and Santa Clara fourth (6:27.3).

UCSD's Varsity 8 consisted of coxswain Sean Dougherty, Scott Kennedy, John Buda, Daniel Mahan, Cian Dowling, Jack Maxson, Matt Thalken, Forrest Sundquist and Zack Attaran.

The third-place finish erased UCSD's chances of qualifying for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships, which serve as the national championships for men's rowing.

The Tritons recorded a winning time of 6:19.2 to top the field in the Freshman 8 race. UCSD won by over 10 seconds as USD was second in 6:29.6 and Gonzaga placed third in 6:37.9.

The Tritons' Freshman 8 crew was coxswain Drake Lem, Cameron Abel, Blake Branine, Carson West, Leonardo Mercenari, Will Wright, Gibb Anella, Steven Bolton and Tynan Rodger.

USD was victorious in the 2nd Varsity 8, crossing the finish line in 6:13.9. Gonzaga was second (6:16.9), UCSD was third (6:23.7) and Santa Clara placed fourth (6:45.9).

Coxswain Arjit Goel, Jason Heinen, Scott Moso, Robert Faris, Tyler Tomei, Skylar Waidhofer, Jack Rausser, Jon Baker and Kyle Wilson made up UCSD's 2nd Varsity 8.

"Overall, it was a season that had promise, but unfortunately the challenges we faced proved too much to overcome," said UCSD head coach Zach Johnson. "I am proud of our team and we have a very talented group of freshmen and sophomores coming back. Not making the national championships stings, but we have the foundation to work our way back in 2015."

Varsity 8
1. Gonzaga 6:07.2
2. San Diego 6:09.8
3. UCSD 6:16.4
4. Santa Clara 6:27.3

2nd Varsity 8
1. San Diego 6:13.9
2. Gonzaga 6:16.9
3. UCSD 6:23.7
4. Santa Clara 6:45.9

Freshman 8
1. UCSD 6:19.2
2. San Diego 6:29.6
3. Gonzaga 6:37.9

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