April 7, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Five West Coast Conference programs enjoyed success at the 41st San Diego Crew Classic last weekend at Mission Bay. The classic is a nationally renowned regatta that regularly attracts some of the strongest collegiate crews from both the U.S. and Canada. Brief capsules for each program run below.
GONZAGA – DAY ONE RECAP | DAY TWO RECAP
The Gonzaga University women’s rowing squad closed out the San Diego Crew Classic winning two Petite Finals Sunday. The Bulldogs, participating in the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic for the first time since 2012, won both the Varsity 8+ Petite Final and the Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final.
Gonzaga’s Varsity 4+ boats also had strong showings, as the Varsity 4+ A placed second in its Petite Final and the Zag Varsity 4+ B boat claimed second in their ‘Final only’ race.
Loyola Marymount competed in a pair of races during the weekend. LMU posted a second place finish in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup Petite with a time of 7:08.24. On Saturday, the Lions finished seventh in the Women’s Collegiate Cal Cup race (7:13.733) and finished fifth in the Women’s Collegiate 2V race (7:42.685).
PORTLAND – DAY ONE RECAP | DAY TWO RECAP
The Portland Pilots women's rowing varsity eight finished fourth in their heat on Saturday before claiming eighth in the Grand Final for the Cal Cup on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.
And on Sunday it was a pair of Canadian crews, British Columbia and Victoria, who finished on top of the field. UBC took home first with a time of 6:53.92, while UVic was second, posting a time of 6:56.33. The Pilots covered the course in 7:10.06 to finish just behind Sacramento State and Kansas State. Saint Mary's was the top American crew, coming in third with a time of 7:02.94.
The Pilots advanced to the grand final by finishing fourth in their heat yesterday with a time of 7:09.91. 14 crews total were competing for the Cal Cup, with the top eight teams from yesterday's two heats advancing to today's grand final.
SAINT MARY’S – DAY ONE RECAP | DAY TWO RECAP
The Saint Mary’s rowing team had one of its best ever finishes at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday. The varsity eight finished third in the Grand Final at the regatta held at Mission Bay in San Diego. The SMC varsity eight boat included Taylor Boss, Sharyl Koenig, Maryann Concannon, Sabrina Scott, Stacey Boss, Ashley Arancio, Julia Turner, Haley Adams and Mari Irby.
The Gaels finished third overall in the Grand Final with a time of 7:02.94, defeating Tulsa (7:03.76), Iowa (7:04.38), Kansas State (7:05.60), Sac State (7:05.60) and Portland (7:10.06). The top two teams were British Columbia and Victoria.
SAN DIEGO – DAY ONE RECAP | DAY TWO RECAP
The University of San Diego women’s rowing team turned heads all weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Toreros, who are ranked No. 21, in the latest NCAA rankings, backed up their ranking by having their Varsity Eight qualify for the first Jessop-Whittier Grand Final in school history as well as placing three other boats in Sunday’s Grand Finals.
Despite the crosswind, The Toreros’ Varsity Eight placed an impressive fourth from outside in lane six with a time of 6:50.83, finishing behind No. 4 USC (6:38.61), No. 6 Washington (6:40.86) and No. 14 Washington State (6:48.57) and pulled ahead of No. 16 Wisconsin (6:52.78) and No. 12 UCLA (6:53.34).
CONTENT FROM: GoZags.com, LMULions.com, PortlandPilots.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com