Following Delays, No. 3 Tritons Race in Competitive Heats at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team competed in the first day of action at the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships on late Friday afternoon. The races followed a lengthy delay, as storms from the prior night caused debris in the course.
After the delay, the Varsity 8 was the first UC San Diego crew to take to the course. In Heat 2, the Tritons were pitted against Western Washington and Florida Tech. It was a competitive heat, as the three teams vied for a spot in the grand finals. Early on, Florida Tech held a narrow lead over the Tritons, while Western Washington trailed in third. At the halfway point of the 2,000-meter race, the Tritons were within a second of Florida Tech, and with 500 meters to go, the Tritons and Vikings were neck and neck, with the Panthers still holding a slim lead. In the last 500 meters, the Vikings passed both crews and the Tritons ultimately took third, finishing less than two tenths of a second behind Florida Tech. UC San Diego recorded a mark of 6:40.802.
The Varsity 4 crew battled Seattle Pacific and Florida Tech in Heat 2. Florida Tech jumped out to an early lead, while UC San Diego remained ahead of Seattle Pacific through the first half of the race. Heading into the final 500 meters though, Seattle Pacific nabbed an advantage of less than a second over the Tritons. Although UC San Diego and Seattle Pacific both had faster times than Florida Tech in the last 500 meters of the race, Florida Tech’s lead held, while Seattle Pacific took second and UC San Diego claimed third with a mark of 7:45.929.
Tomorrow, both Tritons crews will compete in their repechages in hopes of earning spots in their grand finals on Sunday. The Varsity 8 will race at 7:36 a.m. (PT), while the Varsity 4 will follow 7:48 a.m. (PT).
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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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