Earning Second in Coaches Poll and Regional Rankings, Tritons Look Towards Dad Vail Regatta
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team will travel to Philadelphia this week, racing at the Dad Vail Regatta from May 10-11.
The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, as the Tritons will be one of hundreds of teams from across the country to participate. The races will take place on the 2,000-meter course on the Schuylkill River, and will last throughout Friday and Saturday.
The Dad Vail Regatta is an annual tradition for the Tritons. Last year, the Tritons captured the Henry Backe Trophy as they posted a time of 6:26.729 in the Division II Varsity 8 Final. The Tritons’ Varsity 4 earned a runner-up finish in their race, crossing the finish line at 7:26.654 to finish behind only Barry (7:24.096).
“We are very excited for the chance to repeat as Dad Vail champions this year,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “Last year Dad Vail paved the way for us to the NCAA Championships and represented a huge step up in our racing capability. This year we are looking to fine-tune on our last weekend’s performance at WIRA and will hopefully come home with some hardware in both the V8 and V4. This is a disciplined and veteran crew of racers who are looking to finish the season on top. Dad Vails is the next step!”
UC San Diego earned second across the board in the final NCAA regional rankings of 2019, which were released on Tuesday. The Tritons’ Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 crews were both ranked second in the West Region, and UC San Diego was tabbed for second in the region as a team. UC San Diego only trails Central Oklahoma in each of the three categories.
In the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released this morning, UC San Diego also holds second with 164 points. Central Oklahoma captured first, while Florida Institute of Technology rounded out the top three.
HOW TO ATTEND THE DAD VAIL REGATTA
The regatta is free to attend. Limited parking is available on Kelly Drive, which runs along the Schuylkill River. Fans can also park in the Mt. Pleasant parking area of Fairmount Park. Click here for more information on the regatta.
Race results will be reported here.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously took part in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships from April 27-28. After qualifying all four of their boats for the grand finals, the Tritons earned runner-up finishes in each of their races. View the full recap here.
Next, the Tritons will await their fate. Team selections for the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships will be announced during an online selection show at 2 p.m. on May 20. The selection show link will be posted 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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