Crew Faces City Rivals In S.D. City Championships

March 26, 2001

This Week
Bragging rights are on the line for the San Diego State women's rowing team as it squares off against in-city rivals USD and UCSD at Saturday's City Championships, to be held at El Carmel Point in Mission Bay. The Aztecs have won the event's varsity eight competition the last five years. The women's portion of the event gets underway at 7:30 a.m with the novice eight.

Saturday's Schedule

Women's Novice Eight    7:30 a.m.
Women's Novice Four     7:45 a.m.
Women's Varsity Eight   8:00 a.m.
Women's Varsity Four    8:45 a.m.
Awards Ceremony*        9:00 a.m.

*To be held at Fiesta Island Beach.

Last Week
The Aztecs earned two second-place finishes in their dual meet with Southern California and the University of Victoria (Canada) last weekend at the Port of Los Angeles USC Boathouse. SDSU's second-place finishes came in the novice four and novice eight competitions. State finished behind the USC "A" team in the four with a time of 8:29.7 and behind Victoria in the eight with a 7:05.3 finish. SDSU finished third in the junior varsity eight (7:28.5) and varsity eight (6:50.2) events, trailing Victoria in both. USC earned a preseason ranking of seventh by Sports Illustrated for Women. Victoria is Canada's top-ranked collegiate program.

At Last Year's City Championships
SDSU's showing at last year's city championships was an impressive one, with the Aztecs winning four of the five races. The team's top finish in the varsity eight helped them secure the Patty Wyatt Cup for the fifth consecutive year. SDSU also posted wins in the novice eight, lightweight four and novice four events.

On Deck
SDSU continues its schedule April 7-8 at the San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay. The annual event is considered the nation's premier early-season regatta, with crews from the east coast and Midwest making the trip west. Following the classic the team will take some time off with its next competition coming at the Stanford Invitational April 21-22 in Redwood Shores, Calif.

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