No. 3 Women's Rowing Competes Against Division I's Top Teams in Day One of Crew Classic
MISSION BAY, Calif. – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team opened competition at the San Diego Crew Classic on a pleasant day at Mission Bay, as fans from across the country came out for the regatta.
The Tritons faced Division I Varsity 8 squads from throughout the nation in heat two of the Women’s Varsity UC San Diego Health Cup. Crossing the finish line in 6:51.139, UC San Diego placed fifth in their heat.
UC San Diego’s Second Varsity 8 also faced top competition in their race, including Division I’s third-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked Texas. With a mark of 7:55.092, the Tritons came in sixth in heat three of the Women’s Collegiate 2V Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy. Qualifying for the third final, UC San Diego placed fifth with a time of 8:01.415.
In the second heat of the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 4+ Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, the Tritons clocked in at 8:22.157. The nation’s top-ranked squad, Washington, led the heat with a time of 7:33.941. Later in the day, in the third final, UC San Diego finished second with a mark of 8:47.902.
UC San Diego’s final race of the afternoon was in heat one of the Women’s Collegiate Novice Laurel Korholz Perpetual Trophy. The Novice 8 came away with a mark of 8:09.600, placing seventh.
“I saw some good competitiveness,” said Head Coach Colin Truex about the team’s performances. “We definitely raced in Division I events and saw the best teams in the country at the Division I level. It opened our eyes a bit as to what we have to look forward to in the future. It was definitely a challenge and I’m glad we did it. They handled it as well as they could.”
Tomorrow, UC San Diego will be back in action for the second day of the San Diego Crew Classic. For information on how to attend and how to watch from home, click here.
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