Men's Rowing Prepared to Open 2019 Season at UC Cup Challenge
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s rowing team is set to open its season at the UC Cup Challenge on Saturday morning. The Tritons will face crews from its UC counterparts Cal, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara.
“I think we’re about where we need to be,” said Head Coach Zach Johnson as his team heads into the season. “We’ve lost a lot of time this year for weather. This year hasn’t been favorable, but we’re finally building a routine and getting into it. We start early for the west coast, so we have a little more time than the crews back east… Right now, we’re trying to find lineups that work. Last weekend’s scrimmage really showed our depth.”
The UC Cup Challenge begins a 2019 season filled with competitions across California, as well as a trip to Philadelphia.
After competing in the UC Cup Challenge this weekend, the Tritons will return home to face Gonzaga, Santa Clara, and the University of San Diego the following weekend. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at Mission Bay on March 9.
UC San Diego will have a three-week break from competition afterwards. The Tritons’ next regatta will be their own, as they host the UC San Diego Invitational in Chula Vista. The two-day affair will last from March 30-31.
Next on the schedule is the annual San Diego Crew Classic. The Tritons will participate in the renowned event from April 6-7, looking to build off of last year’s second place finish in the JV Petite Final and third place finish in the Varsity Petite Final. Johnson considers the Crew Classic the turning point of the team’s schedule.
“For us, our season really builds throughout,” Johnson said. “When we start off the schedule, it takes us into the season and shows us where we are, but then from Crew Classic on, it really builds up.”
In mid-April, the Tritons take a trip to Philadelphia. UC San Diego will scrimmage St. Joseph’s on April 19, and then race at the 53rd annual Kerr Cup Invitational Regatta on April 20.
That concludes the Tritons’ regular season, as they then head into the championships portion of their calendar. The action begins with the WIRA Championships from April 27-28 in Rancho Cordova. UC San Diego will be back in Rancho Cordova later for the Western Sprints Championships on May 11. Finally, the IRA National Championships will be held in Rancho Cordova from May 31-June 2.
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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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