No. 2 Tritons' Varsity 4 and 8 Boats Headed to Grand Finals at Dad Vail Regatta
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team earned spots in both the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8 grand finals after a successful first day at the Dad Vail Regatta on Friday.
“It was a good day of racing in some very tough conditions,” said Head Coach Colin Truex. “The wind was blowing straight up the course against the current creating some very challenging conditions.”
The Varsity 4 was the first of the two Triton crews to compete at the regatta. In heat two of the Women’s 4 (Division II and III), UC San Diego cruised to a comfortable victory over its five opponents. Crossing the finish line at 8:42.086, the Tritons topped second-place Rollins (8:52.019) by just under 10 seconds. Mercyhurst, Assumption, Stockton, and Bryn Mawr followed, respectively.
“The V4 did a great job taking control of the race early and separating from the field,” said Truex about the crew’s performance. “Marie Kawahara did a fantastic job finding the best line and best water for her crew throughout the race. That made a lot of difference as we went down the course.”
It was a different story for the Tritons’ Varsity 8 crew, as they faced No. 6 Humboldt State and No. 8 Nova Southeastern in the second heat of the Women’s Varsity 8 (Division II). It was a photo finish, as UC San Diego came in just ahead of Humboldt State to capture first in the heat. With their time of 7:24.999, the Tritons defeated Humboldt State (7:25.392) by less than a second for a thrilling victory.
“The V8 certainly made it a little more interesting,” Truex said. “We did not get off the line well and were behind Humboldt for the first half of the race. Humboldt raced very aggressively, and we let the conditions beat us a little bit. I am proud of the way they hung on and pushed through at the end to take the race but we definitely to have improve on our ability to row in tough conditions.”
Both teams will advance to tomorrow’s grand finals after today’s first-place performances. The Varsity 4 crew will be in lane four for their race, pitted against Rollins, Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech, Humboldt State, and Jefferson.
The Varsity 8 will look to capture the Henry Backe Trophy for the second-straight year, also racing in lane four as they take on Mercyhurst, Humboldt State, Florida Tech, and Jefferson.
“Overall, two races-two first place finishes…that’s a good day,” Truex commented. “On to the grand finals!”
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