April 10, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has announced its Crew of the Month for March. San Diego collects the first monthly honor of 2014 and its second since the award was established last season.
SAN DIEGO VARSITY EIGHT – WCC CREW OF THE MONTH – MARCH
Toreros Varsity Eight Roster
(Cox-Erica Mayer. 8. Mary-Jo Keys, 7. Michelle Campbell, 6. Brianna Lamb, 5. Nneka Anyanwu, 4. Taylor Kendzierski, 3.Cristina Morcom, 2. Avalon Koenig 1. Jennifer Travis)
San Diego women’s rowing team turned in a strong month of March to put them on the brink of the first NCAA ranking in school history. After beginning the month with a scrimmage against Loyola Marymount, USD traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in the Longhorn Invitational. In the first day, the Toreros V8 beat Central Florida by over 14 seconds and Kansas State by just under nine seconds to qualify for the championship against perennial championship contender, Yale.
The Toreros’ Varsity Eight finished in 6:28.46, by far their fastest time of the weekend, to come in just 2.26 seconds behind Yale to earn second place. Aside from beating Central Florida and Kansas State, the Toreros’ Varsity Eight posted lower times than Texas, Oklahoma, Tulsa, and Canisius.
The following weekend at the Pac-12 Challenge in San Francisco, Calif. the Toreros went toe-to-toe with No. 18 Clemson, finishing less than three seconds behind the Tigers in the morning session. Later, the Toreros’ V8 finished 3.1 seconds behind Oregon State, who was receiving votes in the NCAA rankings. During the weekend the Toreros top time of 6:36.7 was faster than powerhouses No. 11 Stanford and No. 17 Louisville.
The Toreros strong performances in these races put them at No. 20 in the latest NCAA rankings, the top ranking in program history.
USD Results – March, 2014
USD: 6:46.1, UCF: 7:00.9
USD: 6:52.8, KSU: 7:01.5
USD: - 6:28.46, Yale: 6:26.20
USD: 6:39.3, Clemson: 6:36.7
USD: 6:36.7, Oregon State: 6:33.6
ALSO NOMINATED: Gonzaga Varsity Eight; Portland Varsity Eight; Saint Mary’s Varsity Eight