The UC Davis women’s rowing team finished its spring break of training by resuming its regular season to host San Diego State on Sunday.
The Aggies‘ varsity eight picked up a close win on the 2,000-meter course, finishing in a time of 6:53.47 to narrowly beat out the Aztecs‘ time of 6:54.51.
In relation to boat length, that’s a margin of roughly four seats. With the win, the varsity eight moves to 2-0.
“This was a good wake up call to say, ‘Hey, we really have to push it every single day,‘” said coach Carissa Adams.
The varsity eight was represented by coxswain Tara Davis, stroke seat Brittani De Reimer, Lauren Auble (seven), Hannah Owens (six), Darcy Ward (five), Autumn Huey (four), Elieke Demmer (three), Paige Kendall (two) and Lorena Cortes (bow).
It was the second day of competition for the Aztecs, as they competed against Sacramento State on Saturday morning. San Diego State lost four of five events to the Hornets.
Sunday began with a rough crosswind, which ultimately caused the cancellation of the women’s four event. The teams were able to complete four races prior to the cancellation.
The Aggies‘ second and third novice eight entries took care of the second novice event. The second novices put together a time of 7:42.07, followed closely by their teammates at 7:46.93. San Diego State’s second novices finished third in 8:16.41.
The second novices were comprised of: coxswain Lia D’Angelo, Emily Myers (stroke), Danika Reddick (seven), Celeste Casita (six), Bridget Scruggs (five), Dannielle Kimpel (four), Jessica Bolanos (three), Emily Mertens (two) and Holly Spier (bow).
UC Davis‘ first novice crew suffered a disappointing five-second loss to the Aztecs, posting a final time of 7:19.64. The second varsity squad was also handed a loss (7:36.31).
The women will next race this weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. The event is considered to be the biggest sprint regatta on the West Coast.
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