Men’s Crew Places 13th Against Tough Competitors

    CREW — Racing on Nov. 2, the UCSD men’s crew team competed in its second event of the season when the team traveled to Newport Beach for the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. The regatta welcomed programs from all over California, including top competitors from UC Berkeley and Stanford University. The men’s open-eight race included 32 universities, and the Tritons’ A boat claimed a 13th-place finish while the B boat dashed toward the finish one second later, propelling the Tritons to top the UC Irvine Anteaters’ finish by a wide 17-second margin.

    “Both our top boats did exactly what we went there to do and that was push each other, row well and put up fast times,” said sophomore Justin Gordon, who sat fourth seat in the A boat.
    Leading in first and second place were UC Berkeley and Stanford.

    “Competing with teams like Cal and Stanford is always exciting,” senior co-captain Jonathon Lynch said. “Our program is in the process of making competitions against competitors like that just another day in the office. It won’t happen overnight, but if we keep putting together consistently aggressive and competitive boats eventually we will reach that point.”

    The Tritons’ next race will be the San Diego Fall Classic, which is set for this weekend at Mission Bay.

    “This weekend should be another interesting test of our fitness and skill,” Gordon said. “I would love to see us make up even more ground on our competition and use our speed to make our other boats faster.”

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