March 21, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's rowing team had a good showing this past weekend at Newport, as the varsity four boat won the open four, while the varsity eight boat finished third.
The Toreros faced traditional powerhouse teams from UCLA and Orange Coast College, as well as a 10-mile an hour headwind at the course in Newport Beach on Saturday. The first race of the day proved to be dramatic, with an missed stroke followed by a blow to the head from another team mate's handle in a strong OCC boat knocking them out of the open fours race and leaving the race wide open for the remaining competitors. The USD four, comprised of Katherine Lumbard, Kyle Martinez, Luke Tooker, Nick Delgado, and Michael Perkins, moved into the second thousand of the course with a strong attack that moved them clear of the field. While UCLA made a late counter attack, they came up one ten of a second short at the finish.
"The four executed our race plan really well today," stated head coach Brooks Dagman. "They should be proud of this win"
With the steady headwind, the eights racing was tough for the Toreros. "The novice and varsity eights typically have the strongest athletes in them," stated Dagman. "A headwind will show the power of a crew and we were simply out matched power wise by OCC and UCLA. We will get another chance to race them at the San Diego Crew Classic in two weeks and will be ready."
The Toreros will return to action on April 2-3, when then participate in the San Diego Crew Classic out at Mission Bay.