UC Davis Varsity Eight In Cal Cup Grand Final At Crew Classic

UC Davis is in the Cal Cup grand final on Sunday afternoon.
UC Davis is in the Cal Cup grand final on Sunday afternoon.

April 3, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UC Davis' women's varsity eight rowers finished second in their heat of the Cal Cup on Saturday morning and will compete on Sunday afternoon in the grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic at Mision Bay.

The Aggies' novice eight was fourth in their elimination heat of their division and will race in the petite final on Sunday morning.

UC Davis' varsity eight crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter race in 7 minutes, 3.06 seconds to earn a spot in Sunday's championship race. Central Florida won the Aggies' heat in 6:58.90 while Trinity was third in 7:07.25.

The Aggies covered the first 500 meters of Saturday's race in 1:41.90 and trailed Central Florida by just over a second but the Golden Knights extended their lead to just over three seconds midway and maintained that advantage over the final 1,000 meters. UC Santa Barbara was third halfway through the race before Trinity overcame the Gauchos the rest of the way.

UC Davis will compete in Sunday's grand final - scheduled for 1:30 p.m. - against Sacramento State, Central Florida, San Diego State, Kansas State and Miami.

The novice eight was in fifth place of their elimination heat after the opening piece and trailed the University of San Diego by a second and a half for fourth place heading into the final 500 meters before a final rally gave the Aggies a slim margin for fourth.

The Aggies were timed in 7:24.45 while San Diego crossed in 7:25.21. Texas won the race in 7:11.27 and was followed by Washington State and Sacramento State. UC Davis will race in the petite final on Sunday morning at 8:15.

The San Diego Crew Classic is one of the largest regattas in the country.

CAL CUP (varsity eight, heat 1) - 1. Central Florida, 6:58.90; 2. UC Davis, 7:03.06; 3. Trinity, 7:07.25; 4. UC Santa Barbara, 7:08.77; 5. West Virginia, 7:08.95; 6. Chapman, 7:59.83.

NOVICE EIGHT (heat 3) - 1. Texas, 7:11.27; 2. Washington State, 7:15.11; 3. Sacramento State, 7:18.02; 4. UC Davis, 7:24.45; 5. San Diego, 7:25.21; 6. UC Irvine, 7:36.51; 7. Claremont, 8:08.18.