WEST COAST CONFERENCE COMPETES IN 43rd SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference had a strong showing at the 43rd San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay this past weekend. Six WCC programs battled in the bay against premiere collegiate talent from both the United States and Canada. Below are brief capsules of the highlights and results for each WCC program.
GONZAGA – DAY TWO RECAP | DAY ONE RECAP
No. 18 Gonzaga earned solid finishes on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Bulldogs finished in the top six in each of the three grand finals across the eights, and pulled in a second-place finish in the petite finals of the Varsity 4.
In the Varsity 8, GU was sixth, edging out West Coast Conference rival San Diego by one second and 20th-ranked UCLA by eight seconds. The Zags finished in a time of 7:01.89.
Both the Second Varsity 8 and the Open 8 pulled in fourth-place finishes in their grand finals. The 2V8 turned in a time of 7:07.48, ahead of Wisconsin and Washington State while just four-tenths of a second behind USC.
The Open 8 turned in a time of 7:26.25 for their fourth-place finish, just under six seconds out of third and well ahead of fifth place. The Varsity 4 had a solid bounce-back day on the 2,000-meter course, finishing with a time of 7:54.64 to post a runner-up showing in the petite final.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT - WEEKEND RECAP
The Loyola Marymount University women’s rowing team took second in the Varsity 8, posting a time of 6:59.85 in the Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup Heat A. The Lions placed third in Sunday’s Grand Final at 7:22.64.
PORTLAND – DAY TWO RECAP | DAY ONE RECAP
The Portland Pilots varsity eight just missed a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday morning as Fordham claimed the top spot, topping the Pilots by three-tenths of a second. The Pilots covered the 2000-meter course in 7:31.361, while Fordham posted a time of 7:31.051.
Portland advanced to Sunday's Petite Final after placing fourth in their heat on Saturday, missing third place by a second and second place by just 2.5 seconds. There were three varsity eight heats on Saturday, with the top two crews advancing to the Grand Final, which also took place on Sunday.
SAINT MARY’S – DAY TWO RECAP | DAY ONE RECAP
The Saint Mary’s rowing team had two boats participating on the final day of the San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay in San Diego. The SMC varsity eight finished fifth in the petite final, while the varsity four finished sixth in the petite final.
After a fog delay, the Gaels varsity four finished sixth with a time of 8:23. SMC went up against Tennessee, Gonzaga, Sacramento State, UCSD and Kansas State in the petite final.
SMC took fifth in the varsity eight petite final, defeating St. Joseph’s. Also in the race were boats from Fordham, Portland, Sacramento State and George Washington.
SAN DIEGO – DAY TWO RECAP | DAY ONE RECAP
The USD women's rowing team closed out the Crew Classic with strong performances in the V8+ and V4+ Grand Finals Sunday morning on USD's home waters of Mission Bay. The Toreros entered the weekend just outside the CRCA Top 20, but consistently showed all weekend that they are on par with the nation's fastest crews.
The USD V4+ placed fourth in the Grand Final, crossing the finish line in 8:11.778. The Toreros finished just over two seconds behind No. 14 USC (8:09.050) and ahead of No. 20 UCLA (8.17.487) and No. 11 Washington State (8:29.552)
Competing against many of the top programs in the nation, the USD V8+ finished with an impressive time of 7:02.866 in the Jessop Whittier Invitational. USD was just barely behind conference rival No. 18 Gonzaga (7:01.894) and cruised past No. 20 UCLA (7:10.133). No. 2 California won the event with a time of 6:49.468.
The Toreros' 2V8+, which narrowly missed a place in the grand final, won the Petite Final with a time of 6:58.659, finishing ahead of No. 20 UCLA (6:59.147) and Tennessee (7:02.176) amongst others. The USD Novice Eight came in fifth in the Grand Final, clocking in at 7:44.922 ahead of UC San Diego (8:08.732) and Santa Clara (8:35.314) of the WCC.
The USD 2V4+ (8:13.099) topped off the day with a first place finish, topping USC (8:17.356), UCLA (8:27.261), Sacramento State (8:40.684), and San Diego State (9:07.918).
SANTA CLARA – RACE RECAP
Santa Clara women's rowing had a tough showing at the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend. The Broncos have been hurt by injuries and are missing key rowers. The Varsity 8 boat finished 17th and the Novice 8 finished in seventh.
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