April 5, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's rowing team had a strong showing on the opening day of the San Diego Crew Classic. The V8 took home first place in their heat, while the JV8 took home third in their heat, and the Frosh/Novice 8 took home a second place finish.
The Toreros first race of the day at 7:40 a.m., was the V8 squad competing in the prestigious Cal Cup race. In this boat, that consisted of Torrey Ray, Rory Kew, Henri Hicks, Gary Bastien, Will Bastien, Alex La Bruno, Taylor Terheggen, John Bacic, Patrick McPolin, San Diego found itself off to a strong start and finished event stronger, as they posted a first place time of 6:20.443. MIT came in second place with a time of 6:21.483, while Orange Coast College was in third place, four seconds off the Torero pace. Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and USC rounded off the heat.
Then in the second race of the day for USD, the JV8 boat of Lauren Takahashi, Ryan Sandy, Quinn Montgomery, Brandon de Caussin, Daniel Hearst, Braeden Drouillard, Anthony Mejia, Charlie Penn, Joe Wier, took home a third place finish with a time of 6:16.026, just three seconds behind second place British Columbia, and California took home first place with a time of 5:58.038. Five other west coast schools found themselves trailing USD with OCC in fourth place, UC Santa Barbara in fifth place, UC Irvine in sixth, Washington State in seventh and San Diego State was over a minute behind the Toreros at 6:52.165.
In the final Torero race of the day, the USD Frosh/Novice 8 boat of Kai Morse, Will Roman, Jack Pokalsky, Nick Watson, Mike Mohrman, Parker Danz, Matt Kaumeyer, Konrad Altvater, Pierce Salamack didn't let the team down, as they raced themselves to a second place finish with a time of 6:26.994, five seconds behind first place OCC. San Diego State took home third place honors with a time of 6:44.782, while Cal State Long Beach was in fourth and UC Irvine was in fifth place.
The Toreros will advance on to race on Sunday with times, and lane assignments yet to be determined.