UC Davis Claims Cal Cup Grand Final At Crew Classic; Aggies Win Petite Final

UC Davis rows during its victory on Sunday in the Cal Cup grand final. <br> (Charlie Painter)
UC Davis rows during its victory on Sunday in the Cal Cup grand final.
(Charlie Painter)

April 1, 2007

Complete regatta results and full San Diego Crew Classic information

MISSION BAY, Calif. - UC Davis took the lead from SUNY-Buffalo near the midway point of the Cal Cup grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday as the Aggie women's varsity eight crew claimed a three-second win at the prestigious regatta with a time of 7 minutes, 20.49 seconds.

The UC Davis novices also enjoyed a succeesful regatta, leading from the start on their way to a victory in the novice eight petite final. The Aggies were timed in 7:09.60, finishing seven seconds ahead of USC and 14 in front of Clemson.

The varsity eight, racing in their third Cal Cup grand final in as many years, won both of their races during the regatta which brings together many of the top crews in collegiate rowing. Sunday's grand final featured barely more than a two-second differential between the top four boats after 500 meters as SUNY-Buffalo, UC Davis, Saint Mary's and Kansas State closely raced in the early-going.

UC Davis, however, put together a split of 1:58.15 over the second piece, assuming a narrow lead after 1,000 meters over Kansas State, which it also beat during its prelim heat on Saturday morning. Thanks to a 1:46.77 split in the third piece, St. Joseph's charged into second place behind UC Davis heading into the final 500 meters.

The Aggies continued to lead down the stretch, though, winning the race in 7:20.49 with St. Joseph's second ini 7:23.70. SUNY-Buffalo was third followed by Saint Mary's, Kansas State and Temple. UC Davis is unbeaten in four races this spring season.

UC Davis won the petite final of the Cal Cup in 2004, was fifth in the grand final in 2005 and placed sixth last year.

Rowing in the victorious varsity eight for UC Davis were 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.



The novice eight never trailed in claiming its petite victory on Sunday morning, stretching a lead over USC that was just over a second after 500 meters into a nearly four-second advantage midway. A strong third piece, in which UC Davis went 1:45.67 - fastest among the six crews - pushed the lead to almost five seconds leading into the final 500 meters.

The Aggies then duplicated their efforts the rest of the way, going 1:48.07 over the last piece to cross in 7:09.60, well ahead of USC which was second in 7:16.80. Clemson was third in 7:23.64 and was followed by San Diego State, UC San Diego and Santa Clara.

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.

UC Davis' novice win was its third in four outings this spring.

Aggie rowers will travel to Lake Natoma on Saturday to face rival Sacramento State with the varsity eight battling the Hornets for the Jean Runyon Cup.

Mission Bay, Calif.
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT (Cal Cup, grand final) - 1. UC Davis, 7:20.49; 2. St. Joseph's, 7:23.70; 3. SUNY-Buffalo, 7:24.74; 4. Saint Mary's, 7:26.79; 5. Kansas State, 7:28.76; 6. Temple, 7:49.53.

NOVICE EIGHT (collegiate novice, petite final) - 1. UC Davis, 7:09.60; 2. USC, 7:16.80; 3. Clemson, 7:23.64; 4. San Diego State, 7:26.33; 5. UC San Diego, 7:29.07; 6. Santa Clara, 7:40.79.