Tritons Earn Second in the West in First NCAA Regional Rankings
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of California San Diego women’s rowing team earned the second-place slot in the West in the first NCAA Regional Rankings of 2019. The rankings were released on Wednesday morning.
In addition to ranking second as a team, the Tritons’ Varsity 4 claimed second and the Varsity 8 ranked third. The Varsity 4 trails only Central Oklahoma, while the Varsity 8 follows Central Oklahoma and Seattle Pacific, respectively. Central Oklahoma nabbed first in the West, Jefferson holds the top slot in the East, and Florida Tech leads the South.
“It is great to see that we are up amongst the top teams in the first regional rankings,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “This reflects the hard work and success that we have had so far this season. However, there is a lot more racing in front of us and sustaining and even improving on these rankings is critical for our larger goals. The team is in a good position right now, but I know that everyone in the West region is capable of great speed so there can be no backing down. This is easily the deepest and strongest field in the history of DII and the margin between the top team and the bottom team is razor thin. It is a very exciting time and we are looking forward to the challenge!”
UC San Diego has taken part in four competitions so far this spring. After opening their season at the Sacramento State Invitational, the Tritons traveled to Newport Beach, where they claimed the Berg Cup. The Varsity 8 took first with a time of 6:42.0, while the Varsity 4 also earned first by crossing the finish line at 7:20.5.
The Tritons followed up with more success at the Central Sprints. Facing the nation’s top-ranked teams in a slate of afternoon races and night sprints, UC San Diego came away with 15 points to finish second overall, behind only Central Oklahoma.
Most recently, the Tritons raised the competition level even more, taking on Division I crews at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Up next for the Tritons is a head-to-head battle with San Diego State on April 19. This will be their final tune-up before the WIRA Championships, which will take place on April 27 and 28 at Rancho Cordova. The Dad Vail Regatta will follow, and then the Tritons will look to claim the national title at the NCAA Championships. View the Tritons’ full schedule here.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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