UC Davis rowed in Sunday's petite final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic.
April 5, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Miami overtook UC Davis for fourth-place midway during Sunday morning's petite final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, beating the Aggie women's varsity eight crew for the final position at the prestigious regatta.
UC Davis, which faced its toughest competition over the two-day regatta, was timed in 7 minutes, 12.60 seconds, five seconds behind the Hurricanes. Thirteenth-ranked UCLA - the highest-ranked crew in the race and one of seven top-20 boats in the invitational division - won the race in 6:52.20.
The Bruins held off Iowa which was second in 6:53.77. Notre Dame was third in 7:02.39 while Miami finished fourth, crossing the finish line of the 2,000-meter course at Mission Bay in 7:07.43.
The Aggies were sixth in their high-powered preliminary race on Saturday and looked to gain more valuable experience with a strong showing on Sunday. UC Davis got off to a solid start, moving into fourth place at the 500-meter mark, a little more than four seconds behind leader UCLA.
The Aggies maintained that position at the halfway point , holding a nearly one-second advantage over Miami. However, the Hurricanes took a narrow lead heading into the final piece before securing fourth-place at the line.
The weekend provided an opportunity for UC Davis to go head-to-head with some of the top varsity eight crews in the country. The Aggies were moved up to the invitational varsity eight class after winning the Cal Cup championship each of the past two seasons.
Besides UCLA, the Whittier-Jessop Cup featured No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Michigan, No. 11 USC, No. 12 Washington State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 18 Oregon State battling it out for the title at the large regatta in San Diego. All but UCLA and Oregon State also participated in last year's NCAA Championships.
Notre Dame and Iowa, while not ranked, are receiving votes in the most recent national poll, lending even more depth to the strong field.
The racing closes UC Davis' appearance at the regatta which attracts many of the nation's top crews across a variety of divisions. On Saturday, the Aggies' novice eight captured the petite final, holding off Kansas State for the title.
The rowing remains tough for UC Davis which will host California at the Port of Sacramento on Saturday. The Golden Bears' varsity eight is currently ranked third nationally after receiving a first-place vote. Cal's crew finished fourth at last year's national championships at Lake Natoma. The Bears were fourth in the overall team standings.
SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay)
UC Davis results only
VARSITY EIGHT (petite final) - 1. UCLA, 6:52.20; 2. Iowa, 6:53.77; 3. Notre Dame, 7:02.39; 4. Miami, 7:07.43; 5. UC Davis, 7:12.60. Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Brittani De Reimer, 7. Lauren Auble, 6. Hannah Owens, 5. Darcy Ward, 4. Autumn Huey, 3. Elieke Demmer, 2. Paige Kendall, 1. Lorena Cortes.
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