SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego women's crew team was back in local waters on Saturday, competing against UC Irvine in a series of dual races at Mission Bay.
UCSD swept all five races on the day, winning the Varsity Eight, Novice Eight, Varsity Four, Lightweight Four and Novice Four in a dominant performance. The regatta was the Tritons' last home competition of the season, so it was also Senior Day for the team's five graduating seniors.
"I'm ecstatic about today's performances. We are in our overload period before tapering for the conference championships and the crews have been working really hard," head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. "They still managed to power through the races with their best speeds of the year."
The Novice Eight was UCSD's first race of the day, with the Tritons beating out UC Irvine for the victory. UCSD posted a time of 7:38.2, which was well in front of UCI, considering the Tritons caught their blade on a wash and it twisted out od six seat's hands. Irvine would catch up and make it close, but the Tritons pulled back into the lead over the final 1,000 meters.
The Lightweight Four and Novice Four led from start to finish for a clean sweep. The Lightweight Four boat won by 14 seconds, while the Novice Four's victory came by nearly a full minute.
The Tritons' Varsity Four powered out to start opening up on UC Irvine's top four rowers. The final 500 meters was a neck and neck battle, but UCSD would prevail in the closest finish of the day, winning by half a second.
UC San Diego's Varsity Eight opened with the lead and continued to hold it after the first 30 strokes. They managed to record hull speeds in the race, which ended up being the highest of the season, and went on to win by 18 seconds to compete the sweep of the Anteaters.
"Our goal is to be at our fastest at the end of the season and we are beginning to see it all come together," Pinkerton added. "We have a few more things we can sharpen up and we are really looking forward to the Western Intercollegiate Championships in two weeks."
Saturday marked the last time five seniors would race at Mission Bay. This group included Denise Kleckner, who was on the varsity squad for four years and was a co-captain this season. Kelly Temes also knotted four years on the varsity, while Daisy Orta, another captain, and Julie Montes were three-year members of varsity. Jennifer Burke rounded out the seniors with two years on varsity.
UCSD is back in action with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships April 30 and May 1 in Gold River, Calif.
1. UCSD - 7:16.1
2. UC Irvine - 7:34.3
1. UCSD - 7:38.2
2. UC Irvine - 7:56.4
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2. UC Irvine - 8:09.5
1. UCSD - 8:19.3
2. UC Irvine - 8:33.3
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2. UC Irvine - 9:29.1