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San Diego Varsity Four Collects West Coast Conference Crew of the Month Honors

May 6, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has announced its Crew of the Month for April. San Diego collects its second consecutive monthly honor of 2014 and its third since the award was established last season. 

SAN DIEGO VARSITY FOUR – WCC CREW OF THE MONTH – MAY
Cox, Rachael Michel; 1, Mckenna Wray; 2, Allyson Ward; 3, Hannah Saddler; 4, Kathleen Petrich 

The Torero women’s rowing team had a historic month of April. Following a strong performance in the San Diego Crew Classic, the Toreros earned their first NCAA ranking in school history. Shortly after, the USD Varsity Four knocked off No. 1 California at the Lake Natoma Invite. 

The Varsity Four began the month by qualifying for the 4+ Grand Final Karen Plumleigh Courtney Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic after finishing third in their heat with a time of 7:32.722, coming in behind ranked schools Cal and Washington State and ahead of Tulsa, Kansas State, Old Dominion, and University of Victoria. In the grand final, the Toreros finished fourth with a time of 7:45.55. They trailed powerhouse programs USC, Cal, and Washington, and finished ahead of Iowa. 

The Toreros’ strong showing at the Crew Classic vaulted them into the NCAA rankings at No. 20; they moved up to No. 17 the following week.

At the Lake Natoma Invite, the USD Varsity Four edged No. 1 California and Sacramento State in the opening session with a time of 7:25.2. In the second session, the Toreros’ V4 came in third behind No. 7 Stanford and No. 9 Notre Dame with a time of 7:37.9. 

RESULTS
San Diego Crew Classic
Women’s Collegiate 4+, Heat A – Cal (7:29.023), Washington State (7:32.674), USD (7:32.722), Tulsa (7:46.179), Kansas State (7:46.411), Old Dominion (7:59.970), U Victoria (8:03.445)
4+ Grand Final Karen Plumleigh Courtney Cup – USC (7:36.92), Cal (7:42.41), UCLA (7:45.19), Washington (7:46.55), USD (7:52.86), Iowa (7:56.63) 

Lake Natoma Invite
First Session - USD (7:25.2), Cal (7.26.1), Sacramento State (7:42.8)
Second Session – Stanford (7:23.0), Notre Dame (7:25.2), USD (7:37.9) 

ALSO NOMINATED: Gonzaga Varsity Eight; Loyola Marymount Varsity Eight; Portland Varsity Eight; Saint Mary’s Varsity Eight  

WEST COAST CONFERENCE CREW OF THE MONTH
March – San Diego – Varsity Eight
April – San Diego – Varsity Four