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Tritons Impress During Fall, Set to Begin Preparation for Spring Season

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s rowing team has concluded its nontraditional fall portion of the 2018-19 season. The Tritons wrapped up their practices before finals week, and will take time off during the holiday break before returning to the water in January.

During the fall, the Tritons participated in three events. In October, the men opened their season with a trip to the East Coast. The Tritons first competed at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. The next day, they traveled to Princeton, N.J. to participate in the Princeton Chase Regatta.

UC San Diego closed out its 2018 competitions with the San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay. Crossing the finish line with a time of 15:35.266, UCSD A finished less than a second behind the University of San Diego to earn second. 

Head Coach Zach Johnson was impressed with the team’s overall performance during the fall, particularly considering how many of the student-athletes were newcomers. 

“We got a lot of new guys,” Johnson said. “We graduated a big class last year, but between our freshmen and our transfers, we reloaded pretty quickly. We’re about where we wanted to be this fall… The guys put in some good work and now we’re just trying to get better.”

Following a three-week break from practices, the Tritons will return to the water on Jan. 2. UC San Diego will get ready for its regular season with a new look, debuting new boats following the holidays.

“In January, we go into our winter camp and really start focusing on our fitness and our power,” Johnson said. “I thought that especially with the Fall Classic, finishing less than a second down, it put us in a good position, but we still have some work to do as far as getting our power numbers up.”

For the next two months after returning to action in January, the Tritons will prepare for the start of their official season at the UC Cup Challenge on March 2. The Tritons’ full schedule is available 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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