UM's Varsity Eight and JV Eight Finish Fourth at San Diego Crew Classic

UM's Varsity Eight and JV Eight Finish Fourth at San Diego Crew Classic

April 3, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of Miami rowing varsity eight crew finished fourth in the Grand Final of the Women’s Cal Cup on the final day of competition at the 32nd-annual San Diego Crew Classic Sunday afternoon.

The Hurricanes, who competed in one of the most exciting races of the day, finished the 2,000 meter course on the waters of Mission Bay in fourth with a time of 6:56.92 behind champion San Diego State (6:52.40), Central Florida (6:54.25) and Sacramento State (6:54.76). Also racing in the Grand Final were UC-Davis (6:57.47) and Kansas State (7:07.50), who finished fifth and sixth respectively. UM’s varsity eight crew bested their preliminary time of 7:09.38 by over 12 seconds.

“Saturday I saw more passive racing,” said head coach Debra Morgan. “But they had a great race on Sunday. I was really satisfied with their performance. They found a new level of intensity. I’m excited to see how our varsity eight is developing.”

“Our varsity eight was only two seconds behind UCF and they were 14 seconds behind them at the Hurricane Invitational. It shows that we are going in the right direction. They did better than expected in a more competitive field. They rose to the occasion.”

Earlier Sunday morning, Miami’s junior varsity eight competed in the Petite final of the Women’s Junior Varsity Eight regatta, where they crossed the finish with a time of 7:12.53 for fourth place. Oregon State finished in first with a time of 7:04.50, followed by Tennessee (7:07.35) and Notre Dame (7:11.55). Sacramento State (7:13.63) and Kansas State (7:16. 28) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

“Our JV eight also had a good race,” noted Morgan. “It was exciting to see how they held their own with the top JV crews in the nation.”

“Both crews showed up ready to perform today and gave the best performances that they could.”

The Hurricanes return to action Saturday, April 9th when they travel to Tampa for the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championships.

San Diego Crew Classic Lineups:
Varsity Eight:
Laura Comeau (Cox)
Deidre Curran
Karen Wiley
Sarah Conlon
Anna Cohen
Sarah Stocks
Laura Coltman
Yassi Haririnia
Rachel Clausing

Junior Varsity Eight:
Jessica Martin (Cox)
Ashley Marincsin
Jacqui Heywood
Valerie Webb
Natasha Lejer
Taurii Coyne
Emy Huntsman
Bethany Krawec
Julie Crane

San Diego Crew Classic Saturday Results

Women’s Cal Cup Women’s Grand Final:
1. San Diego State 6:52.40
2. Central Florida 6:54.76
3. Sacramento State 6:54.76
4. Miami 6:56.92
5. UC-Davis 6:57.47
6. Kansas State 7:07.50

Women’s Junior Varsity Petite Final:
1. Oregon State 7:04.50
2. Tennessee 7:07.35
3. Notre Dame 7:11.55
4. Miami 7:12.53
5. Sacramento State 7:13.63
6. Kansas State 7:16.28