April 26, 2006
MARINA del REY - The University of San Diego women's rowing team competed in the Miller Cup this past weekend in Marina del Rey, Calif. hosted by UCLA.
"We were very excited to have the opportunity for a head-to-head race with Nationally-ranked UCLA this weekend. Unfortunately, the Varsity Eight did not race to their full potential, but the JV Eight and Varsity Four both did a great job with very solid performances," commented Head Coach, Joan O'Hara.
The varsity eight raced against the host UCLA and UC Santa Barbara in the first heat. The Toreros missed the Grand Final by one second posting a time of 6:42 putting them in the Petite Final where they finished second behind the SDSU Aztecs. Posting their fastest time of the season, 6:35, in the final, the Toreros were within 17 seconds of first place UCLA, who is currently ranked #15 in the nation.
The second varsity eight boat also posted their fastest time of the season, rowing 6:47.17, beating conference rival LMU, and qualifying for Grand Final against SDSU and UCLA.
The varsity four won the petite final, finishing with a time of 6:59 against UC Santa Barbra and UC Irvine.
"Both the JV and the Four got a really good boost from this regatta, where as the Varsity left feeling really hungry for a top-notch performance, which they raced earlier this season, but have not enjoyed recently. We are all very excited for the WCC Championship next week," said Head Coach O'Hara. "This team is ready to peak!"
The Toreros return to the water this upcoming weekend as they take on their conference rivals at the WCC Championship in Sacramento, Calif. on Lake Natoma.