Aztec Crew Finishes Fifth In National Championships

June 5, 2000

CAMDEN, N.J. - The San Diego State women's crew team concluded its first appearance in the national championships with the lightweight women's eight finishing fifth at the national championship regatta in Camden, N.J.

"Overall this was a great step for our young program," said Aztec head coach Scott Steckel. "I am very proud of our team and the way we handled ourselves.

"It was our first trip to the national championships and the first time our program has competed against Princeton, Brown, Wisconsin and Harvard -- all schools with a rich tradition in rowing," he added. "It is good to see we can compete at this level."

In the qualifying heat, SDSU jumped to an early lead before falling to second-ranked Wisconsin. However, the Aztecs' runner-up finish to Villanova in the Reps (second-chance qualification heat) earned them a spot in the Grand Final.

In the race for the national title, San Diego State again started quickly before settling for a fifth-place finish. Massachusetts won the petite level final, finishing seventh overall. Princeton claimed its second straight national championship in the lightweight women's eight.

Women's Lightweight Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Princeton 07:03.5
2. Villanova 07:07.5
3. Wisconsin 07:12.4
4. Brown 07:24.3
5. San Diego State 07:27.3
6. St. Joseph's (PA) 8:50.1

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