March 22, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The early season has brought both mixed, as well as interesting, results. Overall the three varsity have shown strength across the board, with close finishes against some extremely capable teams such as UCSD and Gonzaga. Two standout performances, one from the second varsity at the City Championships and the other from the first varsity against UCSD and Gonzaga, indicate that 2013 might be more than a rebuilding year.
While the frosh and first varsity came up a few seconds short at the City Championships, the second varsity took home a convincing win. "The second varsity has been consistently good in practice. They are always there waiting for any sign of weakness in the top eight," stated head coach Brooks Dagman. "While I was happy with their win at the Cities, I was not too surprised. Teams tend to race the way they practice"
With only two upperclassmen having made it into the first varsity eight, it took a few weeks of racing to get the crew a bit battle hardened.
"Having lost several top athletes to graduation in 2012, 2013 could easily be categorized as a rebuilding year for the Toreros. However young the overall squad is, the athletes have trained extremely willingly and well," says Dagman.
With the first varsity only losing to Gonzaga by 3.1 seconds and finishing in front of UCSD by about the same margin, this crew is showing real promise. "There was a clash of oars in this race between UCSD and our team," says Dagman. "The driver from Gonzaga lost her point and crowded both of the local teams. Our driver, Torrey Ray, showed real talent by holding her line while UCSD came in and clashed. She rallied the athletes and moved the team through the crisis extremely well."
Look for the Toreros this Sunday at Newport Beach as they race OCC and several other local teams at the Newport Regatta. Racing can be viewed from the OCC Boathouse and starts with the Freshman eight at 8:15.