Tritons Set to Face Crosstown Rival USD in City Championships
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s rowing team is set to battle the University of San Diego during the City Championships on Saturday morning. The action is slated to begin at 8 a.m.
HOW TO ATTEND
The races are free to attend. Fans are recommended to watch from the end of South Shoes Parkway, which is located in the South Shores Launching Area at Mission Bay.
CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
The City Championships is a longstanding tradition between the two teams. UC San Diego, who earned first in both the Varsity 8+ and Junior Varsity 8+ last season, has claimed 12 of the last 14 titles.
“This is one of those ‘City Rivalries’ where we share a boathouse and see each other every day,” said Head Coach Zach Johnson. “The hardest thing for them to do in this race is control their emotions and stay connected. I think it will be another step in progress if they can row well when emotions are high.”
LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously opened their 2019 season at the UC Cup Challenge in Newport Beach, facing Cal, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara. The Varsity 8+ grabbed second place with a time of 7:17.5, finishing behind only No. 4 Cal. The Junior Varsity 8+ placed third in an incredibly tight race, recording a time of 7:16.7. In the Third Varsity 8+, UCSD A took first with a time of 8:05.8 while UCSD B earned second with a time of 8:28.7.
This is the first race of the spring for the Toreros. During their fall season, they competed locally at Row for the Cure and the San Diego Fall Classic, and also participated in the Head of the American in Sacramento.
Next, the Tritons will remain in the San Diego area, as they get set to host their UC San Diego Invitational. The two-day regatta will take place from March 30-31.
About UC San Diego Athletics
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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