No. 5 Women's Rowing Looks to Claim Berg Cup Once Again
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 5 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team continues the early stages of its season as it heads to Newport Beach for the Berg Cup this weekend. The Berg Cup will take place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.
This will be the third-straight year that the Tritons have competed at the Berg Cup. Last season, UC San Diego claimed the Berg Cup, as the Varsity 8 crew placed first with a time of 6:47.01. The squad was comprised of Marie Kawahara (cox), Nicole Hammonds, Catherine Mosher, Sydney McGuire, Tonya Khounani, Evelyn Brady, Alana Zaleski, Sarah Moore, and Brooke Campbell.
“I think that the team is just excited to get out and race again,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “Exam week is always so stressful for them and makes a single race down the course seem easy by comparison. I think we learned some things from our last race and I look forward to seeing how they execute their race plan on Saturday. Each successive race represents another opportunity to learn, gain experience, face different obstacles, and try to overcome whatever challenges they face. Every race represents another step towards returning to the NCAA Championships. The Berg Cup is that next step and the team is going to race well!”
UC San Diego is ranked fifth in the nation in the most recent US Rowing/CRCA Poll, which was released on March 20. View the full poll results here.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously opened their season at the Sacramento State Invitational. UC San Diego competed in six races, with its top finishes coming in the Women’s Novice 8/Third Varsity 8 (7:13.8) and the Second Varsity 4 (7:58.3). A full recap is available here.
Next, UC San Diego will travel to Oklahoma City to face some of its fellow top-ranked teams in the nation. The Tritons will compete at the Central Sprints, racing against No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 6 Humboldt State, Jefferson, Nova Southeastern (RV), Rollins, and No. 2 Western Washington.
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