May 16, 2013
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's rowing team is heading into this weekend's West Coast Conference Championships looking to pick up their fourth consecutive conference title. This year's Championships will again be hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and be held on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, May 18.
The last program to win four straight WCC titles was Gonzaga when they captured a record nine consecutive conference championships between 1997 and 2005. The Toreros won their first-ever WCC title in 2010 and have won each one since. USD head coach Kim Cupini has also taken home the past four WCC Coach of the Year honors going back to the 2009 season, becoming the first coach in WCC history to win the award four straight years.
The winner of this year's WCC Championships will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Last year USD was edged in the Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 8 races by Gonzaga before capturing a two-second victory over the Zags in the Varsity 8 race. USD and Gonzaga ended up finishing tied with 39 overall points, however the Toreros won the tiebreaker by virtue of their victory in the V8.
The Toreros are well-prepared for this year's Championships, having already raced against many of their WCC opponents this spring. Most recently, USD finished ahead of Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's in the grand final of the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic Apr. 6-7. USD has also made a habit out of competing against some of the nation's top crews this season. At the Oregon State Classic on Apr. 27, the Toreros put in strong showings against then-No. 9 Stanford and then-No. 17 Washington State and twice finished ahead of Syracuse, who was receiving votes for the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll going into the event.
USD also posted the best Varsity 8 time of any crew on the final day of the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, TX on Mar. 24. That day the Toreros swept Iowa and saw their V8 outperform the likes of Oklahoma, Texas and Tulsa, among others.
The weather forecast for this weekend is calling for mostly sunny conditions on Saturday with a high of 82 degrees and mild winds.
Visit the 2013 WCC Rowing Championships Central for complete race information, interviews and results. Follow along with the WCC's official Twitter feed @WCCSports for up-to-date results and news as well.