No. 4 Tritons to Face Fellow Top-Ranked Teams at Central Sprints in Oklahoma
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 4 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team looks to build off its success at the Berg Cup when it races in the Central Sprints this weekend. The competition will take place across Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City.
The races will feature the best of the best, as the Tritons compete against numerous top-ranked teams in the nation. UC San Diego will compete against No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 5 Humboldt State, Jefferson (RV), No. 8 Nova Southeastern, Rollins (RV), and No. 3 Western Washington.
Last season, Central Oklahoma and UC San Diego were the country’s top teams, taking first and second at the NCAA Division II Championships, respectively. Western Washington also took part in the Eights Grand Final, placing fourth.
“This is a huge early season race,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “We don’t normally get to see these teams until later in the season, so this is a great opportunity to see where we are. Many of the teams that we faced at NCAAs last year are going to be here and I fully expect that everyone will race very aggressively. We will learn a lot over the weekend about where we stack up and what we need to do going forward. I am excited to see how the team responds to the experience of traveling, having intense competition, and having multiple races in a short amount of time.”
On Friday, sophomore rower Kyley Jones will take fans behind the scenes of the Central Sprints on the Instagram story of the UC San Diego Athletics account, @ucsdtritons.
A free live stream will be available here.
UC San Diego is ranked fourth in the nation in the most recent US Rowing/CRCA Poll, which was released on March 27. View the full poll results here.
LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego previously claimed the Berg Cup at Newport Beach. The Varsity 8 crossed the finish line with a time of 6:42.0 to earn the trophy, while the Novice 8 and Varsity 4 also captured the top spots in their races as well. The Novice 8 recorded a mark of 7:12.4, while the Varsity 4 turned in a time of 7:20.5. A full recap is available here.
Next, UC San Diego will race locally, competing at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. The regatta will take place throughout April 6 and 7. Youth, students, and military will be free, while general admission tickets are available here.
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