Triton Men and Women Prepare for Final Competition of 2018: San Diego Fall Classic
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s rowing teams will compete at Mission Bay on Sunday morning in the San Diego Fall Classic. The women have participated in the regatta each year since the 2011-12 season, while the men take part for the second-straight year.
The boats will launch in Mission Bay starting at 7:45 a.m., with the final race of the event beginning at 11:20 a.m. Three parking lots and street parking are available at Crown Point Park.
The women will have boats competing in the Women’s Open 8+ at 7:45 a.m. and the Women’s Open 4+ at 10:10 a.m., while the men will race solely in the Men’s Open 8+ at 7:45 a.m. A full list of events and times can be found here.
In the Women’s Open 8+, the Tritons will face Long Beach, Orange Coast College, San Diego State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and University of San Diego. They will see UC Santa Barbara and University of San Diego again in the Women’s Open 4+, along with Arizona State and USC.
In the Men’s Open 8+, the Tritons will take on Arizona State, Orange Coast College, San Diego State, UCLA, and University of San Diego.
“The San Diego Fall Classic is a great way to wrap up our short fall season,” said Women’s Rowing Head Coach Colin Truex. “We get another opportunity to race our local rivals USD and SDSU, as well as some other solid programs from the region. The course provides some challenging turns for the coxswains and it will really test the rowers’ fitness, especially those that get to race in both the 8 and 4! But that is what we are here to do: test ourselves every day and see if we are up for the challenge. The team has worked hard this fall and I know that they are ready!”
“We are just using the event as our pre-season and we’re hoping to execute what we have been working on in practice,” said Men’s Rowing Head Coach Zach Johnson about the Fall Classic. “We are a month behind everyone else, so with 19 new athletes we will be happy if we execute a good race!”
This is the final nontraditional event of the fall for both teams, as they return to action in 2019 to begin preparation for their official seasons. For the men, they will hit the water next with a scrimmage against Orange Coast College on Feb. 23 in Newport Beach. The Triton women will also have a scrimmage with Orange Coast College for a final tune-up before their season, taking on the Pirates as well as University of San Diego and San Diego State at Mission Bay on Feb. 16.
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