Varsity Eight Advances To Cal Cup Grand Final At San Diego Crew Classic

The Aggies' varsity eight will row in the Cal Cup grand final on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. <br> (Charlie Painter)
The Aggies' varsity eight will row in the Cal Cup grand final on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic.
(Charlie Painter)

March 31, 2007

Live results and full San Diego Crew Classic information

MISSION BAY, Calif. - The UC Davis women's rowing varsity eight surged past Kanas State over the final 500 meters on Saturday morning as the Aggies won their preliminary heat of the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, advancing to Sunday's grand final for the third straight year.

UC Davis posted a splt of 1 minute, 41.89 seconds over the final piece, nearly five seconds faster than Kansas State, as the Aggies crossed in 6:55.40. The Wildcats, who also advanced to the grand final, were timed in 6:59.00.

The UC Davis novice eight - the Aggies' only other boat in the prestigious regatta that features many of the top collegiate crews - had the second-fastest split over the final 500 meters of its prelim race on Saturday as it tried to earn a berth into its grand final. However, the Aggies finished third in 7:33.16 and will compete in the petite final on Sunday.

The varsity eight trailed throughout its race at Mission Bay, falling behind Kansas State by nearly four seconds at the midway point. However, the Aggies had a split of 1:42.65 over the third piece to cut Kansas State's lead to less than a second, and then had their fastest split of the race in the last portion of the race to pass the Wildcats and earn the win.

Lehigh was third in 7:14.04 and was followed by West Virginia, Chapman and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

UC Davis will race in the grand final against Kansas State, Saint Mary's, St. Joseph's, Suny-Buffalo and Temple. The race will begin at 11:00 on Sunday morning.

Rowing in the Aggies' varsity eight for UC Davis are Katherine Cobarrubia at coxswain, Sunny Caldwell at stroke, Sarah Kay at seven, May Roberts at six, Vanessa Cuellar at five, Erica Southard at four, Laura Kelleher at three, Amber Buntin at two and Angela Bruno at bow.



UCLA took the early lead in the Aggies' novice eight race, holding a slight lead over Stanford and UC Davis. The boat order remained the same as the trio of crews put distance between themselves and fourth-place San Diego State, which trailed the third-place Aggies by 11 seconds halfway through the race.

The Aggies had a strong finish, posting a split of 1:51.59 over the last 500 meters - the second-fastest split over the last piece but was unable to catch Stanford and earn a spot in the grand final. UCLA won in 7:23.59 with Stanford second in 7:29.50. The Aggies were clocked in 7:33.16 with San Diego State taking fourth nearly 30 seconds back in the seven-team race.

Rowing in the novice eight for UC Davis are Krista Rindell at coxswain, Susan Crow at stroke, Alicia Foley at seven, Castiel Shepp at six, Darcy Ward at five, Elizabeth Bache at four, Claire Swanback at three, Delaney Chapman at two, and Melissa Wong at bow.

Sunday's petite final will be raced at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Mission Bay, Calif.
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT (heat 3) - 1. UC Davis, 6:55.40; 2. Kansas State, 6:59.00; 3. Lehigh, 7:14.04; 4. West Virginia, 7:19.88; 5. Chapman, 7:35.99; 6. Claremont, 8:18.98.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 3) - 1. UCLA, 7:23.59; 2. Stanford, 7:29.50; 3. UC Davis, 7:33.16; 4. San Diego State, 8:02.45; 5. West Virginia, 8:13.09; 6. UC Irvine, 8:18.13; 7. Sonoma State, 8:28.20.