T-Birds impressive at San Diego Crew Classic


SAN DIEGO – The UBC Thunderbirds rowers traveled south to San Diego this past weekend to compete against some of the top rowing schools in the United States. Sunny and warm weather set the stage for what lead to be a very successful weekend at the annual event that attracts over 3,500 athletes, from 120 teams.
The Thunderbirds women’s varsity eight won the Cal Cup here last year and with this were invited to race in the prestigious collegiate invitational Jessop Whittard Cup. In the final race top seeded crews Texas and USC gained a slight edge over the rest of the pack early in the race but very close behind four crews battled bow ball to bow ball the entire length of the course for third. It came down to a photo finish and UBC managed to edge out San Diego State by a mere .06 of a second for a very impressive third-place finish. This is the top finish by a Canadian crew in this event since 1985.

“Its been very rewarding watching the girls move closer and closer to the top programs in the USA, we continue to prove that our program is excelling,” said UBC women’s coach Craig Pond
The Junior Varsity (2V) women had a successful race on Saturday, uniting as a crew to advance to the ‘B’ final. On Sunday, the women found a brisk, powerful rhythm and secured a second place finish in the Petite Final, placing eighth overall out of 17 strong American teams. Ultimately, it was an extremely constructive weekend for the ambitious, young crew.   
On Saturday the 3V girls, the majority of which were novice women who started rowing this past fall took a solid second place finish in the Women’s Open Carley Copley Cup heat, securing a spot in the grand finale the next day.  The girls were fast off their start in the grand finale and fought a solid and hard race for a fourth-place finish.
UBC Men rowed through to a competitive seventh- and sixth-place finish respectively in the Premiere Varsity Copley Cup and 2nd Varsity event at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic.
“It is great to see we continue to be in touch with some very strong US crews in both events this year. The depth in our program is really coming along and the experience here is setting the guys up well as we head into Brown Cup,” said men’s coach Mike Pearce.
California were dominant winning both the Varsity and first and second in the JV event.
Varsity Copley Cup Final Result
Cal Berkley 5:53.12
University of Pennsylvania 6:03.68
Stanford 6:04.41
Naval Academy 6:05.63
Grand Valley 6:11.35
Drexel University 6:13.71
University of British Columbia 6:15.30
UBC Varsity Men
Cox: Kevin Chung, 8 Aaron Lattimer, 7 Harris Sheldon, 6 Ben Coull, 5 Harlan Dohm, 4 Ben de Wit, 3 Callum MacKenzie, 2 Marcus van der Sande, 1 Angus Todd
Men’s Collegiate 2V Grand Final Result
California A 5:58.06
California B 6:04.75
Pennsylvania 6:08.23
Naval Academy 6:15.19
Stanford 6:19.86
UBC 6:21.81
UBC Junior Varsity (2V) Men
Cox: Justin Dohm, 8 Hugh Cartwright, 7 Doug Euper, 6 Gregor Allen, 5 Ray Bell, 4 Stefan Cvoric , 3 James Allen, 2 Jon Pusic, 1 Chris Renner
Women’s Collegiate Grand Final Jessop-Whittier Cup Invitational

Southern California 6:38.15
Texas 6:39.74
University of British Columbia 6:46.16
San Diego 6:46.22
University of Victoria 6:47.52
UCLA 6:47.84
Grand Valley 7:08.16

UBC Varsity Women – Cox: Emmie Page, 8 Katherine Enns, 7 Zoe Fettig-Winn, 6 Hillary Janssens, 5 Emily Gerson, 4 Erin Pierik, 3 Miranda Kirker, 2 Rachel Vukovich, 1 Julie Sheppard

Women’s Collegiate 2V Petite Final Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Memorial Trophy

Sacramento State 7:09.18
University of British Columbia 7:13.01
Tennessee 7:13.15
Loyola Marymount 7:20.93
Saint Mary’s (CA) 7:23.68
Old Dominion – Women 7:24.85

UBC 2V Women – Cox: Jocelyn Hutch, 8 Jannelle Mackoff, 7 Savannah Sami-Bacon, 6 Lindsay Pistner, 5 Nadia Beyzaei , 4 Heather Murry , 3 Colleen Nesbit, 2 Alexis Thind, 1 Isabella Cina

Women’s Open Grand Final Carly Copley Cup

Texas 6:54.12
Stanford Lightweight Women 7:07.25
USC Women 7:12.52
University of British Columbia 7:28.65
San Diego State 7:47.79
California-Irvine 8:00.95

UBC 3V Women – Cox: Tina Yu, 8 Kristina Walker, 7 Anna Black,  6 Louise Neave, 5 Thea Strudy, 4 Brooke Bogress, 3 Sophie Draper, 2 Caitlin Cebryk ,1 Leah Taylor

Next up for the Thunderbirds is the Brown Cup, Saturday, April 4, at the UBC Boathouse.