May 14, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced the University of San Diego Varsity 8 as the West Coast Conference Crew of the Month for April. This is the second Crew of the Month award given out by the WCC this season and first for the Toreros.
The San Diego Varsity 8 won its first heat in the San Diego Crew Classic Apr. 6-7 on Mission Bay. The V8 (6:42.30) finished ahead of WCC rival Loyola Marymount, as well as major-conference crews such as Kansas State and SMU. The V8 (6:47.09) then went on to post a second-place finish in the Cal Cup grand final, finishing less than four seconds behind Miami (OH) (6:43.30) for the top spot. The Toreros also bested LMU and Saint Mary's in the grand final.
In their only other regatta of the month, the Oregon State Classic in Lowell, Ore. on Apr. 27, the Toreros raced against top-25 programs Stanford and Washington State, as well as Syracuse (who was receiving 35 votes in the most recent poll prior to that weekend) and Oregon State. Facing gusting headwinds, USD's V8 (7:28.7) finished nearly four seconds ahead of Syracuse (7:32.5) in their final race of the weekend.
The Toreros look to capture their fourth consecutive WCC title this weekend at the WCC Championships on Lake Natoma on Saturday, May 18.
V8 Crew Classic Lineup - Cox: Paige Walker (Jr), Taylar Albertini (Sr), Taylor Kendzierski (Jr), Michelle Campbell (Jr), Brianna Lamb (Jr), Jen Travis (Jr), Lindsey Dornes (Jr), Courtney Olson (Jr), Michelle Elrich (Sr)
V8 OSU Classic Lineup -
Cox: Paige Walker
(Jr), Taylar Albertini
(Sr), Taylor Kendzierski
(Jr), Michelle Campbell
(Jr), Brianna Lamb
(Jr), Jen Travis (Jr), Lindsey, Dornes (Jr), Courtney Olson
(Jr), Avalon Koenig