Crew Heads North

April 17, 2001

This Week
The San Diego State women's rowing team travels north this week to participate in the Stanford Invitational Saturday in Redwood Shores, Calif. The event features several of the nation's top rowing programs, including 10th-ranked California, 18th-ranked Texas and 20th-ranked Washington State. Stanford, Oregon State and SDSU are other teams in the invite field receiving votes in the USRowing poll. UC Davis is the top-ranked program in the Division II/III poll.

Saturday's Schedule
The Aztecs will face 20th-ranked Washington State in Saturday's first session of races. The first of four races against the Cougars starts at 10:30 a.m. with the varsity four. The afternoon session will put the Aztecs against Oregon State starting with the varsity eight race at 4:10 p.m.

Session One

10:30 a.m.  Varsity Four          SDSU vs. WSU
10:40 a.m.  Varsity Eight         SDSU vs. WSU
10:50 a.m.  Junior Varsity Eight  SDSU vs. WSU
11:00 a.m.  Novice Eight          SDSU vs. WSU

Session Two

4:10 p.m.   Varsity Eight         SDSU vs. OSU
4:20 p.m.   Junior Varsity Eight  SDSU vs. OSU
4:30 p.m.   Novice Eight          SDSU vs. OSU
4:40 p.m.   Varsity Four          SDSU vs. OSU 

SDSU took last week off following the 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic on the April 7-8. The two-day regatta was held at Crown Point Shores Park in Mission Bay. The team came away from the final day of competition at the regatta with a pair of third-place finishes. The Aztecs clocked in at 7:21.41, good for third in the petite final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup (varsity eight) race. SDSU finished behind Washington State (7:10.22) and Stanford (7:13.34). State also crossed the finish line third (7:23.52) in the petite final of the novice eight. Oregon State won the race followed by UC Irvine.

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.

On Deck
The Aztecs next compete in the W.I.R.A. Championships April 28 (Sat.) in Sacramento. On May 5 the program will be in Seattle to take part in the Opening Day Regatta, followed by the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships on the May 12 (Sat.) and the Pac-10 Championships a day later.

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