Oct. 28, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -With three eights entered in the Open Eights race, the Toreros launched the largest group to ever attend an out of region fall race this past Saturday. And the result was perfect, as the Torero boats swept the top three slots.
"I spoke to the group early in the term and basically said that we would only travel with a group that could be highly competitive on the course," stated head coach Brooks Dagman. "The team obviously reacted well to that statement. We have had one of the most productive training cycles that I have ever witnessed."
The varsity A boat was granted the lead position in the race. This position is good in that the driver does not have to worry about passing any competitors and losing time in the process. The lead position can also be a bit tough for the oarsmen, due to the fact that they don't have another crew nearby to engage and race with.
"If you are going well in the lead position it can be difficult to push yourself the way you can when another team is next to you. Our A entry, comprised of Lauren Takahashi, Rory Kew, Henri Hicks, Gary Bastien, Will Bastien, Braeden Drouillard, Taylor Terheggen, John Bacic, and Patrick McPolin, did a fantastic job. They executed the race plan well and pretty much rowed away from the rest of the field. It was a pleasure to watch," stated Dagman.
With the B entry as well as our freshman, who were entered as the C boat, things looked good coming off of the course. "I asked the B entry, comprised of Torrey Ray, Ryan Sandy, Quinn Montgomery, Charlie Penn, Daniel Hearst, Brandon de Caussin, Anthony Mejia, Carlo Rivera, and Joe Wier, if they passed any teams on the course. They replied that they had passed three other teams. I then asked the C entry, comprised of Berkley Brown, Will Roman, Mike DeMaio, Nick Watson, Matt Kaumeryer, Parker Danz, Jack Polalsky, Luke Uetrecht, and Pierce Salamack, the same question. They replied that they had passed five other teams," explained Dagman.
The wait for the results was a long one. Finally, the results posted showing that the team had indeed done quite well. "Sweeping the top three places at a big regatta is unusual. This is the first victory for us at the Head of the American and to have the other two squads in the silver and bronze position is quite an achievement," said Dagman.
The team will race one more time this fall, on November 10th, at the San Diego Fall Classic.