Aztec V8 wins Cal Cup grand final
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March 25, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State rowing team competed in five final events Sunday at the 45thannual San Diego Crew Classic at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay. The Aztec varsity eight boat claimed the Cal Cup with a win in the grand final, while the varsity four ‘B’ nabbed a third-place finish, the varsity four ‘A’ and third varsity eight claimed fourth, and the second varsity eight finished sixth.
At 8:16 a.m., the V4 ‘A’ crew raced the Duke Robinson shell in the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup petite final to claim fourth place with a time of 8:14.992. The winner, Tennessee, clocked in at 8:04.395, followed by Kansas State in 8:09.730, and Gonzaga with a time of 8:11.340. The Aztecs finished almost half a boat length ahead of Southern Methodist (8:16.702), while Sacramento State’s crew finished much later in 8:42.549.
In the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness 2V8 petite final at 9:36 a.m., SDSU raced in the fifth position and fell to the back of the pack to finish sixth in 7:31.422. Leading the 2V8 group was the Univ. of Victoria (7:16.227), followed by Gonzaga (7:18.831), Tennessee (7:18.899), K-State (7:24.851) and Sacramento State (7:24.939).
SDSU earned the No. 1 position in Sunday’s V8 Cal Cup grand final, and came out ahead early to maintain a strong lead over its five competitors. The Aztecs claimed gold in the Cal Cup with a 7:08.531 finish, followed by Sac State (7:14.359), SMU (7:16.309), LMU (7:18.781), K-State (7:22.542) and Univ. of Victoria (7:27.328).
In the V4 ‘B’ final only event at 11:40 a.m., SDSU raced once again in the Duke Robinson shell and started out in position No. 4. The Aztecs were able to distance themselves from fourth and fifth place finishers USC and K-State, finishing third in 8:06.092. Leading the V4 ‘B’ race was Oklahoma in 7:47.291, then UCLA, who finished in 7:56.015.
The final event of the afternoon came in the 2:08 p.m. 3V8 race, the women’s open Carley Copley Cup final only. The Aztecs had a tight race with K-State for the final 1,000 meters, but were able to get ahead of the Wildcats to claim fourth place with a time of 7:37.185, nearly eight-tenths of a second ahead of K-State’s 7:37.903 finish. Leading the Copley Cup was Cal (6:51.990), who finished a few boat lengths ahead of the Stanford Lightweight crew (7:06.531), while Tennessee finished third (7:29.563). Clocking in sixth behind K-State was UCSD (7:47.910) and UCSB (8:36.725).
“All the crews raced well and of course, winning the Cal Cup is the highlight,” head coach Bill Zack said. “It shows how far the team has come in just a few years. Five seniors won gold medals today, but with one junior and three freshmen in the boat, we know we will be prepared to be fast again next year in the Jessop-Whittier Cup.”
“We were real happy with the alumni support to help us celebrate the 20th year as a varsity sport. The combined support of Nike, Vespoli shells, Croker oars, Nielsen Kellerman electronics, and Power Crunch enables the team to operate at their best.”
V4 ‘A’ – Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup
Petite Final, 8:16 a.m.
Kansas State: 8:09.730
Southern Methodist: 8:16.702
Sacramento State: 8:42.549
2V8 – Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy
Petite Final, 9:36 a.m.
Univ. of Victoria: 7:16.227
Kansas State: 7:24.851
Sacramento State: 7:24.939
V8 – Cal Cup
Grand Final, 10 a.m.
Sacramento State: 7:14.359
Southern Methodist: 7:16.309
Loyola Marymount: 7:18.781
Kansas State: 7:22.542
Univ. of Victoria: 7:27.328
V4 ‘B’ – Final Only
Kansas State: 8:21.854
3V8 – Women’s Carley Copley Cup
Final Only – 2:08 p.m.
Stanford Lightweight: 7:06.531
Kansas State: 7:37.903
V4 ‘A’: Laura Keane (bow), Deborah Worthey (two), Hannah Norris (three), Daria Peck (stroke), Danielle Stancikas (coxswain).
2V8: Brooke Hepner (bow), Emaleigh White (two), Bianca van Dyk (three), Julia Camillucci (four), Phoebe Dammersmith (five), Alana Grollo (six), Tara Montgomery (seven), Maia Graham (stroke), Charlie Toffel (coxswain).
V8: Madeline Bernard (bow), Anastasia Vontzou (two), Gina Bourke (three), Sara Avery (four), Isabelle Paul (five), Kaytlin Barker (six), Brynn Danvers (seven), Hannah Gasser (stroke), Hannah Broadland (coxswain).
3V8: Malia Metkiff (bow), Kayla Moss (two), Mycayla Smith (three), Carly Turner (four), Michelle Jacob (five), Amanda Lee (six), Kamryn Whitworth (seven), Grace Reginato (stroke), Jannette Hermosa (coxswain).
V4 ‘B’: Maire Shannon Malloy (bow), Lauren Allen (two), Brooke Boron (three), Laurie Tenenbaum (stroke), Julianna Santiago (coxswain).