Varsity 4 Wins Petite Final as No. 3 Tritons Close Season at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s rowing team competed in the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8 petite finals at the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships on a clear, breezy Sunday morning. The regatta, which took place at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, was hosted by Indiana Sports Corporation.
The Varsity 4 came out on top in their petite final. The Tritons jumped out to an early lead over Philadelphia-based Jefferson that they preserved throughout the entirety of the race. UC San Diego had a little over a four second advantage at the halfway point, and they continued to increase their lead all the way to the finish line. The Tritons ultimately won by open water, turning in a time of 7:40.841, while Jefferson trailed over 10 seconds behind with a mark of 7:51.998.
The Varsity 8 also got off to a good start, leading Jefferson by just under two seconds at the 500-meter mark, but things took an unfortunate turn early in the race. The Tritons caught a crab, and had to come to almost a dead stop in order to recover.
UC San Diego pushed hard to try to catch the Rams after the miscue, with their times in the final 500 meters of the race within a second of each other, but the Tritons fell short. The Tritons crossed the finish line with a time of 6:46.048, while Jefferson recorded a mark of 6:42.130.
With the final day of the championships, the Tritons’ season comes to a close. With six points, UC San Diego placed sixth overall. This marks the third-straight year that UC San Diego has competed at the NCAA Championships.
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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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