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Women's Rowing Opens the Fall at Row for the Cure


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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s rowing team hosted its 18th annual Row for the Cure at Mission Bay on Saturday morning. Two Triton boats took part in the Women’s Open 8, while three others competed in the Women’s Open 4+. It was the Tritons’ first event of the fall. Head Coach Colin Truex was pleased with the energy that the team displayed, as well as the event itself.

“It was another great Row for the Cure!” Truex said. “The team raced hard and a little higher with the stroke rate than we were probably ready for, but I love the aggression. This was just our seventh time on the water this fall and we looked pretty sharp considering. I am very proud of the team and how they have handled what has been a very tough week.” 

Alongside local rivals San Diego State and the University of San Diego, two Triton boats competed in one of the day’s opening races, the Women’s Open 8. UC San Diego B crossed the finish line with a time of 13:20. The group was comprised of Jessica Morell (coxswaine), Tonya Khounani, Brooke Campbell, Morgan Dewing, Hailey Caldwell-Meurer, Jane Zanteson, Devin Gaetje, Taylor Iantosca, and Emme Silverman.  

With a time of 13:28 in the same race, UC San Diego A was made up of returning rowers. The boat consisted of Juni Kim (coxswaine), Isabella Martinez, Caitlin Tribelhorn, Sarah Proctor, Storrey Lance, Defne Sevil, Evelyn Brady, Kaili Inouye, and Kiana Killian.

Closing out the day in the Women’s Open 4+, the three UC San Diego boats all finished within a minute of each other. The top finish of that group went to UC San Diego C, who recorded a time of 14:32. The crew was comprised of Kim (coxswaine), Martinez, Tribelhorn, Proctor and Lance. 

UC San Diego A clocked a finish of 15:14 in the race. The boat was a mix of returners Maile Heyer (coxswaine), Madeleine Wagner, and Audrey Ruttan, and newcomers Sydney Colburn and Kaelin Davis.

The final Triton boat to take part was UC San Diego B, who recorded a mark of 15:35 on the course. The squad was comprised of Morell (coxswaine), Silverman, Malia Mizuno, Sierra Colvin, and Iantosca.

In addition to competing at Row for the Cure, many members of the women’s and men’s rowing teams volunteered at the event. Truex was excited about the fundraiser’s outcome. 

“The event ran smoothly, there was a lot of positive energy, and a lot of funds raised for Susan G. Komen. It was a great day,” Truex said. “I want to recognize and thank everyone who volunteered and helped put this event together. Kim Dale, Jeff Collet, Sam Sweiter, and Susan Francia, as well as many others, deserve some recognition for making this a successful event.”

A full event recap, video, and photo gallery will be available this week at

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