No. 4 Tritons Fare Well Against Top Competition in Afternoon Races, Night Sprints
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The No. 4 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team took part in the Central Sprints during the late afternoon and evening. The Tritons faced some of the nation’s top competition, as they raced No. 1 Central Oklahoma, No. 5 Humboldt State, Jefferson (RV), No. 8 Nova Southeastern, Rollins (RV), and No. 3 Western Washington.
Paired against Jefferson and Nova Southeastern, the Varsity 8 crew came away with a win in their heat during their first race of the day. The Tritons crossed the finish line of the 2K course at the 7:18.20 mark, over eight seconds faster than Jefferson, the next-best finisher. It was last year’s top finishers at the NCAA Championships who took the top spots in each heat, as host UCO claimed first in the second heat with a mark of 7:13.80.
The Tritons’ Varsity 4 had success in their late afternoon heat as well, clinching first place over Western Washington, Nova Southeastern, and Rollins. UC San Diego turned in a time of 8:20.30. Again, it was UC San Diego and UCO on top, as UCO took heat one with a mark of 8:16.30.
UC San Diego also turned in a pair of second place finishes in the day’s initial races. In the first event, the Open 4, the Tritons claimed second with a mark of 8:56.05 behind UCO. The Second Varsity 8 also finished second, clocking in at 7:42.24 to trail only OU.
Following the breaks, The Triton crews turned in a trio of second-place finishes. UC San Diego’s Varsity 8 shaved approximately four seconds off their time from earlier in the day, concluding the race in 7:14.21. Likewise, the Varsity 4 cut down on their previous time, finishing in 8:14.05. Both squads finished behind only UCO. The Second Varsity 8 crew had the Tritons’ final second-place ranking, crossing the finish line at 7:58.39 following OU.
UC San Diego also took part in the night sprints, racing on a 500-meter course. The Varsity 4 had the Tritons’ top finish, placing second out of five crews. Their time of 2:02.52 only trailed UCO. The Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 both posted third-place finishes in their races, with times of 1:38.88 and 1:50.44, respectively.
“Awesome day of racing and we thank UCO for being excellent hosts,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “The team stepped up tremendously this weekend and put themselves right in the NCAA conversation. The quick turnaround between races, the intense competition, racing under the lights... all were new and exciting experiences for us. The team did great!”
With 15 points, the Tritons stand in second place behind only UCO (20 points). Tomorrow’s race schedule has not yet been determined.
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