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San Diego Women's Rowing Takes 1st Place at Race For The Cure

Oc. 31, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego Women's Rowing team competed in the San Diego Row for the Cure this past weekend. The event raised money for the Susan Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The Toreros raced against several local and regional rivals including UC San Diego, San Diego State, Orange Coast College, and Chapman College.

The Toreros Varsity Eight took first place out of 14 crews in the prestigious Women's Eights event, rowing the 4.2K course in a time of 14:57, the fastest time of the day for all women's races. The Toreros JV took 3rd place in the Collegiate Eights Race ahead of UC San Diego and Chapman. The Toreros also fielded an Open Four, and a Lightweight Four. Both boats won their respective events, making the USD Toreros the winningest women's team of the day.

This Fall season has been a challenging one for Women's Rowing. Several athletes were put effected by illness early in the season. The Toreros' training has been impacted greatly as so many athletes have been out of practice for weeks.

"I was very pleased with the team's performance today," coach Joan O'Hara said. "With the illness issues we've been dealing with, it has really been tough to practice consistent line-ups and get in our usual level of training. We've had up to 10 athletes on injured reserve at one point in time this season! This race was a lot of fun for us, and taking 1st place in all of the Varsity events was a great morale booster for the team."

The Row for the Cure was also the first race for the two eights of the Torero's all walk-on Novice squad. The First Novice Eight, competing against the recruited, experienced, novices of other many of the other teams, took 5th place overall out of 12 crews.

"Row for the Cure was a wonderful introduction to rowing competition for the Novices," novice Coach Amelia White said. "Both boats rowed very solid pieces at lower stroke ratings for their earlier race. They demonstrated a firm base from which to grow for the rest of the season, and raced with a lot of heart. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to make the Toreros proud showed in their performance today!"

The Toreros next complete at the San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay, Sunday, November 5th.