April 3, 2001
The San Diego State women's rowing team will compete in this weekend's prestigious 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday in Crown Point Shores Park in Mission Bay. The Aztecs will be competing in the varsity eight (Jessop-Whittier Cup), junior varsity eight and novice eight races. Preliminary races and third finals will be held Saturday and the grand finals and petite finals Sunday.
SDSU retained its bragging rights over in-city rivals USD and UCSD for another year, sweeping the competition at Saturday's city championships. The Aztecs have won the Patty Wyatt Cup six consecutive times. SDSU took the novice eight with a time of 7:36, followed by USD (7:45.7) and the UCSD "A" (8:01.5) and "B" (9:01.1) boats. The novice four event featured only SDSU and UCSD. The Aztecs finished well ahead of the Tritons, clocking in at 8:35.5. The varsity eight race saw the Aztecs earn first (6:57) and third-place (7:24.9) finishes. USD timed in at 7:00.5, good for second. SDSU had a 1-2 sweep in the varsity four with its "A" boat finishing at 7:55.5 and the "B" team at 8:07.3. USD came in third (8:09.8).
Competition for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, the highest level of competition in the regatta gets underway at 8:20 a.m., the Aztecs will race in the "B" heat scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The top three finishers will advance to the grand final and the next three to the petite final. SDSU is also seeded in the "B" heat of the junior varsity eight which will get underway at 10 a.m. The top two finishers will move to the grand finale, the next two to the petite and the remaining teams to the third final. At 10:45 a.m., the novice eight event gets underway. Winners in the novice eight advance the same as in the JV eight.
Jessop-Whittier Cup (Varsity Eight)
Heat A 8:20 a.m.
Heat B 8:30 a.m. (SDSU)
Junior Varsity Eight
Heat A 9:50 a.m.
Heat B 10:00 (SDSU)
Heat C 10:10
Heat A 10:45 (SDSU)
Heat B 11:00
Heat C 11:10
Novice Eight Third Final - 3:15 p.m.
Junior Varsity Eight Third Final - 4 p.m.
The regatta will feature several of the nation's top collegiate teams with second-ranked Washington, fourth-ranked Virginia, sixth-ranked California, seventh-ranked Southern California, 10th-ranked Oregon State and 12th-ranked Washington State making appearances.
About the San Diego Crew Classic
The classic is considered the nation's premier early-season regatta, with crews from the east coast and Midwest making the trip West. The event features over 3,000 competitors ranging in experience from junior to master in over 80 races. All three San Diego-based universities will be competing, along with many other collegiate and club programs from around the country.
At Last Year's Crew Classic
The Aztecs finished fifth in last year's Whittier Cup petite final and third in the JV eight petite final.
The Coaching Staff
SDSU is led by third-year head coach Scott Steckel. Steckel is assisted by Kevin Waldick, in his third year with the program, and Helen Betancourt in her first year. Betancourt was a member of the U.S. rowing team this past summer in the Sydney Olympics.
The Aztec program will take some time off after the classic with their next competition coming at the Stanford Invitational April 21-22 in Redwood Shores, Calif.