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2015 San Diego Crew Classic Wrap

March 31, 2015

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference had a strong showing at the 42nd San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay this past weekend. Five WCC programs battled in the bay against premiere collegiate talent from both the United States and Canada. Below are brief capsules of each programs' weekend.

The Loyola Marymount University women's rowing team had a successful weekend in San Diego winning the V8 Petite Final on Sunday morning finishing with a time of 7:13.27. They placed first over Duquesne University, Portland, Old Dominion, Southern Methodist, and San Diego State.

With quality performances on Saturday, the Lions also competed in the 2V and Varsity 4+ finals on Sunday. They respectfully finished fourth in the 2V Petite Final (7:20.93) and second in the Varsity 4+ Petite Final (8:10.43). The Lions finished less than two seconds behind winner Tennessee in the Varsity 4+ Petite final.

The Portland Pilots varsity eight finished third-place in their heat on Saturday, coming up just short of advancing to the Grand Final of the San Diego Crew Classic. They posted a time of 7:03.54, finishing behind both Tennessee and Miami. On Sunday, they competed in the V8 Petite Final and came in third place yet again (7:17.02). Fellow WCC member Loyola Marymount took home the victory.

The Pilots second eight also competed over the weekend, placing third in their heat on Saturday (7:37.73). They went on to compete in the third level final later that afternoon and finished in second place (7:23.93), only behind the San Diego State Aztecs.

Saint Mary's varsity eight had a very strong start at the San Diego Crew Classic, with the impressive second place finish on Saturday. The Gaels recorded a time of 6:57.62, placing them second in Heat A and advancing them on to the Grand Final on Sunday. This time went on to be faster than the winner of the remaining two heats.

On Sunday, the Gaels competed amongst a field of the best teams at the San Diego Crew Classic in the Grand Final. They finished in fifth place (7:00.14), beating out Miami. The winner of the grand final was the Duke Blue Devils posting a time of 6:51.46.

Saint Mary's second varsity eight competed in the Petite Final finishing in fifth place (7:23.68). Their varsity four team placed sixth in its Petite Final as well (8:43.83).

The University of San Diego women's rowing team had an incredible weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, qualifying for all five grand finals. The Toreros, who are ranked No. 19 in the latest NCAA rankings, backed up their ranking by having their Varsity Eight finish fourth in the Jessop-Whittier Grand Final ahead of No. 11 UCLA. With a time of 6:46.22, the Toreros finished behind No. 9 USC (6:38.15), Texas (6:39.74) and the University of British Columbia (6:46.16).

The Novice Eight won the Grand Final taking home the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. San Diego came across the line first with a time of 7:09.54, finishing ahead of national rivals UCLA (7:15.87), Miami (7:26.43) and Minnesota (7:31.72).

The Toreros competed in three other Grand Finals: Second Varsity Eight finished fourth (7:00.35), Varsity Four finished in fifth place (8:04.23), and the Varsity B Four finished second (8:04.88).

The Santa Clara Broncos women's rowing team competed in the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend. On Saturday, their varsity eight finished fifth in Heat C, crossing the line at 7:12.51 and beating out UC San Diego. Later that day they competed in the Varsity 3rd Final and came in second place beating out Purdue and UC San Diego again.

Santa Clara's second eight competed in two races this weekend finishing with times of 8:02.89 and 8:03.50. Their varsity 4+ team finished with a time of 8:44.95 in Heat B on Saturday.

CONTENT FROM: LMULions.com, PortlandPilots.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com