UC Davis' varsity eight will race at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday.
April 3, 2009San Diego Crew Classic website
The UC Davis women's varsity eight will step up a class at the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend when it opens competition against several of the top crews in the country in the Jessop-Whittier Cup invitational division on Saturday morning at Mission Bay.
The varsity eight, which won the last two Cal Cup titles, will race on Saturday morning at 8;50 in the first of two Jessop-Whittier heats. The Aggies' novice eight will also compete at the large regatta - which annually attracts many of the top collegiate crews in the country - opening its racing for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at 10:45 a.m..
The Aggies' varsity eight - which will be lane 6 for its opening heat - will be in a division featuring seven of its 11 crews currently ranked in the top 20 and two others just outside that group. Washington leads the way at No. 4 and is followed by No.6 Michigan, No. 11 USC, No. 12 Washington State, No. 13 UCLA, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 18 Oregon State. Notre Dame and Iowa are both receiving votes.
Additionally, five were represented in the varsity eight competition at last year's NCAA Division I Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, a grouping that includes USC, Wisconsin, Washington State, Washington and Michigan.
UC Davis will race alongside Washington, Michigan, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Iowa. USC, Washington State, Wisconsin, UCLA and Miami are in the second heat with the top three finishers advancing to Sunday's grand final at 9:15 a.m. The petite final will be contested at 8:50.
The Aggies were moved up to the invitational after winning the Cal Cup in both 2007 and 2008. UC Davis captured last year's race with a close win over the University of San Diego, crossing the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in 6:48.30.
Last year's novice squad also advanced to a grand final, finishing fourh. This year's team will be in a competition featuring 21 crews. The petite final is scheduled for Saturday afternoon while the grand final will be raced at 11:10 on Sunday morning.
The San Diego Crew Classic will feature live streaming off all races via the internet. ESPNU will also be on site to film highlights which will be sowing on May 7.
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