Aggie Crews Advance To Grand Finals In San Diego

The UC Davis varsity eight was timed in 6:33.56 on Saturday morning. <br> (Charlie Painter)
The UC Davis varsity eight was timed in 6:33.56 on Saturday morning.
(Charlie Painter)

April 5, 2008

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The top-seeded and defending Cal Cup champion UC Davis varsity eight won its preliminary race on Saturday morning at the San Diego Crew Classic with a time of 6 minutes, 33.56 seconds, while the Aggies' novice eight also advanced to a grand final on Sunday as both teams opened strong at the highly competitve regatta.

The novice eight finished second to Washington State in its prelim, crossing in 7:17.29. Both UC Davis crews - by virtue of their top-two finish - will race in grand finals on Sunday. The varsity eight will row at 10:30 a.m. while the novices go at 11:20 a.m.

The UC Davis varsity posted a season-best time in its race on Saturday morning, just beating the 6:33.64 it clocked in last Sunday's dual against visiting San Diego State. Both times are among the fastest in program history.

The Aggies and the University of San Diego were locked in a tight battle throughout their prelim race with UC Davis owning a one-second lead after 500 meters but trailing by a little more than a half-second midway. The teams were continued to race in a virtual tie heading into the final piece before UC Davis went 1:36.58 over the last 500 meters - fastest among the six boats - to win by 1.35 seconds.

San Diego was timed in 6:34.91 while Saint Mary's took third in the six-boat race in 6:48.78.

The Aggies are looking to capture the Cal Cup for the second consecutive year and are appearing in the grand final for the fourth straight season. Joining them in the championship race will be San Diego, San Diego State, Kansas State, Sacramento State and SUNY-Buffalo.



Washington State took a quick lead in the novice race, covering the first 500 meters in 1:37.87 to take a four-second lead over UC Davis. With the Cougars leading from start to finish, the Aggies maintained a solid second place position, timed at 3:34.64 at the 1,000-meter mark of the 2,000-meter race, and 5:27.18 at the three-quarter mark.

With waters getting choppier near the finish line, UC Davis still put together a strong finish, passing over the final 500 meters in 1:50.11 - its second-fastest piece of the race - to beat San Diego for second by 20 seconds and secure the berth in the grand final.

Also in the grand final on Sunday will be Washington State, Orange Coast, Southern Cal, Washington and San Diego State.

Mission Bay (San Diego, Calif.)
UC Davis results only

VARSITY EIGHT CAL CUP (heat 1) - 1. UC Davis, 6:33.56; 2. San Diego, 6:34.91; 3. Saint Mary's, 6:48.78; 4. UC Santa Barbara, 7:05.03; 5. Orange Coast College, 7:17.18; 6. Pacific, 7:36.75.

COLLEGIATE NOVICE EIGHT (heat 2) - 1. Washington State, 7:04.20; 2. UC Davis, 7:17.29; 3. San Diego, 7:37.98; 4. UC Santa Barbara, 7:45.58; 5. Sonoma State, 7:54.73.

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