The Aztecs' first varsity four boat featured four freshmen
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March 20, 2021 (Los Angeles) - The San Diego State rowing team competed at No. 16 USC Saturday morning. The Aztecs first varsity four boat beat the Trojans by 14 seconds while their second varsity eight came in just 1.6 seconds behind USC.
“Today’s races were a good way to start the year,” head coach Bill Zack said. All three races went very well. We know what we need to work on for our next competition, the San Diego Crew Classic.”
The Aztecs’ first varsity eight boat got off to a great start and led for the first 500m before USC was able to catch them. SDSU finished in 7:20.07 and USC crossed the finish line in 7:10.0.
SDSU’s second varsity eight also had a good start and held the lead until the final sprint. The Aztecs finished in 7:35.09, just behind USC’s 7:33.49.
The Aztec varsity four, composed of four freshmen and one sophomore, jumped out to a lead and then continued to further themselves from the Women of Troy as the race went on. SDSU finished in 8:41.96, nearly 15 second ahead of USC (8:56.2)
The varsity four boat had four freshmen making their collegiate debut: Katie Phipps, Sophia Kaufman, Ava Bartosiewicz and coxswain Olivia Petrine. Sophomore Delaney Davenport was in the stroke seat.
The Aztecs will be competing in the annual San Diego Crew Classic next weekend, which is holding a virtual regatta. SDSU will still be competing on Mission Bay.
V8+: No. 16 USC (7:10), SDSU (7:20.07)
2V8+: No. 16 USC (7:33.49), SDSU (7:35.09)
4+: SDSU (8:41.96), No. 16 USC (8:56.2)