San Diego, Calif. – No. 1 California women’s crew team closed out a successful weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, with a first place finish in the second varsity eight grand final and two second-place finishes in the Collegiate 4+ and Collegiate Novice 8+ grand finals.
“All three boats had a good weekend of racing,” Cal Associate Head Coach Sarah Puddicombe said. “The competition was close and we look forward to more races next week. The highlight of the day was the 2V8. We knew it was going to be a close race and it was great to see the 2V stay internal and take control of their speed in the second half of the race for the win.”
Cal’s second varsity eight won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Memorial Trophy in the grand final, racing down the course in 6:51.36 to defeat runner-up Washington (6:53.13) and third-place USC (6:53.97). Washington State finished fourth (6:55.74), UCLA was fifth (6:55.83) and Wisconsin took sixth (6:59.25)
“Our mindset going into the race was that we treat everyday like it's race day, and race day like it’s every other day,” said Cal co-captain Greer Uu. “With that in mind, we commanded the race from our lengthen stroke, and got our bow ball ahead. As a senior, I really wanted to bring home the trophy for the team. So it was awesome to accomplish that goal.”
USC claimed the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup in the Collegiate 4+ grand final, edging Cal by just six seconds. The Trojans posted a time of 7:36.92, just ahead of Cal’s 7:42.41. UCLA was third (7:45.19), Washington State was fourth (7:46.55), USD took fifth (7:52.86) and Iowa finished sixth (7:56.63).
In the collegiate novice grand final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy, the Golden Bears raced down the 2,000-meter course in 7:10.11 but were edged by Washington’s 7:04.59 finish. UCLA took third (7:10.29), USD fourth (7:36.45), USC fifth (7:39.94) and Washington State sixth 7:55.55).
Cal returns to action next weekend, April 12-13 at the Lake Natoma Invitational, which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. For all the latest news on the Bears you can follow them on Twitter at the handle @CalWCrew.
W. Collegiate 2V8+ 1. Cal (6:51.36) 2. Washington (6:53.13) 3. USC (6:53.97) 4. Washington State (6:55.74) 5. UCLA (6.55.83) 6. Wisconsin (6.59.25) Cal line-up: Hannah Freeman (cox), Sarah Schwartz (stroke), Michelle Leason, Rowan McKellar, Greer Uu, Dorothee Beckendorff, Maddie Wolf, Charlotte Passot, Danni Struck (bow).
W. Collegiate 4+ 1. USC (7:36.92) 2. Cal (7:42.41) 3. UCLA (7:45.19) 4. Washington State (7:46.55) 5. USD (7:52.86) 6. Iowa (7:56.63) Cal line-up: Mary Thomas-Meyer (cox), Elie Byrd (stroke), Stephanie Kraemer, Camilla Gardiner, Anne Duval (bow)
Women's Collegiate Novice 8+ 1. Washington (7:04.59) 2. Cal (7.10.11) 3. UCLA (7:10.29) 4. USD (7:36.45) 5. USC (7:39.94) 6. Washington State (7:55.55) Cal line-up: Rachel Lether (cox), Franny Wood (stroke), Kendall Ritter, Hailey Drangesholt, Cassie Aiello, Johanna Roth, Gina Toccini, Sarah Stoker, Vicky Jorgenson (bow).