May 14, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - The University of San Diego had an exciting weekend of racing at the Dad Vail's this past weekend as they came home with gold winning first place in the women's varsity heavyweight fours competition. Head Coach Joan O'Hara chose to compete in the varsity 4 race at the largest spring regatta on the east coast.
The boat consisted of a stellar line-up of upperclassman including junior Cristina Valadez, junior Allison Matthews, junior Ashley Yergler, junior Jacquelyn Harris, and senior coxswain Jessi Cavanagh.
The Toreros faced fierce competition in their event battling 51 other boats. In their opening race, USD took second place beating out Emory, Maryland, Toronto Miss, and St. Joseph. USD posted a time of 7:33.27, less than five seconds behind the leader Penn State.
After narrowing the competition down to 18 boats, USD put it in high gear as they finished their semi-final heat in a time of 7:13.49 to take first place and move on to the final to compete for the Maragaret McNiff Trophy.
In the finals, the Toreros went down to the wire with Penn State in a battle for first place. The Nittany Lions however were unable to hold on as USD pushed across the finish line 0.36 seconds faster capturing first place and bringing home gold.
In the freshman/novice four event, freshman Erin Davis, freshman Emma Lord, freshman Katharine Petrich, freshman Margrit Wespi, and sophomore coxswain Amanda Nudelman took second place in their opening heat with a time of 8:05.09 beating George Mason, Philadelphia University, and Carnegie Mellon to move on to the semi finals. However, they were unable to move on to the finals as they placed third with a tie of 7:44.03, less than three seconds off the second place time.
The Toreros return home to San Diego looking forward to the fall when racing will resume with their non-traditional season.