May 18, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With the University of San Diego men's rowing team's placing at the Western Sprints Regatta this weekend, the Toreros secured one of the automatic qualifying spots for the 2014 IRA National Championships, which will be held on Mercer Lake, New Jersey May 30-June 1. As soon details about the races become available, we will update you on usdtoreros.com.
On Saturday the Frosh 8 boat of Kai Morse, Konrad Altvater , Jack Pokalsky, Nick Watson, Mike Mohrman, Parker Danz, Mike DeMaio, Will Roman, Pierce Salamack, started the racing off with a 2nd place finish (6:29.6) over Gonzaga (6:37.9) while falling to the winning crew from UCSD (6:19.2).
The JV8 boat of Lauren Takahashi, Ryan Sandy, Quinn Montgomery, Braeden Drouillard , Daniel Hearst, Charlie Penn, Anthony Mejia, Brandon de Caussin , Joe Wie, captured the Toreros' lone victory of the day! Coming into the finish line your Toreros (6:13.9) were able to hold off a powerful move from the Bulldogs to maintain their lead on Gonzaga (6:16.9), while finishing in the bronze medal position was UCSD (6:23.7) , and Santa Clara (6:45.9).
The Varsity 8 boat of Torrey Ray, Rory Kew, Henri Hicks, Gary Bastien, Will Bastien, Alex La Bruno, Taylor Terheggen, John Bacic, Patrick McPolin, put in a tremendous effort to get their bow out in front of Gonzaga early in the race as both crews moved into a leading position on UCSD who in turn put Santa Clara off their stern. The Bulldogs (6:07.2) put on a charge in the final section of the race to move out in front and your Toreros (6:09.8) finished a mere 2.6 seconds back, securing that 2nd place finish and the bid for the automatic qualifier to IRA!!! UCSD (6:16.4) finished in the bronze position, ahead of Santa Clara (6:27.3).
"The overall strength of our program was evident in our placing of 1 gold and 2 silver medals," explained head coach Brooks Dagman. "We are as strong as we have ever been and with such a young group returning in the Fall along with another extremely solid Frosh recruiting class coming in, the future is looking very bright."