Vikes varsity eight impressive on opening day of San Diego Crew Classic

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By: Vikes Communications


 April 5 ISN -The University of Victoria Vikes varsity women had an impressive debut at the San

Diego Crew Classic, April 5, winning their heat in a time of 6:59.72 over Kansas

State and California State U-Sacramento.

UBC won heat 2 over Iowa and St Mary’s

setting up a potential Brown Cup rematch in the final tomorrow.

“The girls had a very aggressive race plan today and executed it well,” said Vikes

head coach Rick Crawley, “It was a tight race with KSU up until our first big move.

The girls went at the 750 mark they put distance between themselves and KSU and

never looked back.”

It was a wire-to-wire win for the Vikes, who won comfortably by a length of open water.

“UBC had a tighter race and hence had to go a little faster as they were pushed in

their race,” explained Crawley. “They opened it up in the second half setting up the

rematch tomorrow. We will not underestimate any of the other crews however as

potentially anyone is dangerous if they have a good race.”

Heat 1: UVic 6:59.72, KSU 7:05.68, CSU-S 7:06.20

Heat 2: UBC 6:57.98, Iowa 7:02.40, St Mary’s 7:03.75

Victoria’s varsity four were unable to match their teammates finish, placing seventh

place overall.

“This is likely the youngest and least experienced crew in the four event featuring

three of our top novices,” said Crawley. “They have had a very successful novice

year and this was an eye opening experience for them.”

The young Vikes finished last and out of the racing, but had an upbeat outlook on

the experience. “We will take home some hard lessons from this,” said coxswain

Cassidy Fernandes. “Next time we come down these girls will be a lot faster and

better prepared as a result of being here and racing.”

Racing at the San Diego Crew Classic concludes April 6.

Heat 1: Cal 7:29.02, WSU 7:32.67, USD 7:32.72, Tulsa 7:46.18, KSU 7:46.41, Old

Dominion 7:59.97, UVic 8:03.44

Vikes Varsity Eight:

Becky Wilder, Rebecca Zimmerman, Christy Scholten, Madeline Spangehl, Jillian

Legare, Maxine Chapman, Beth McConnell, Catharine Slamka, Amanda Pomphrey

Varsity Four:

Cassidy Fernandes, Erin Moen, Giorgia van Brunschot, Emma Kolbuk, Courtney Smith

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