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Varsity 8 Takes Home Third Place in Grand Finale at Crew Classic
John Bacic.

April 6, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The University of San Diego men's rowing team finished up action at the annual Crew Classic in stylish fashion, as the Varsity 8 boat took home third place honors in the prestigious Cal Cup Grand Finale. Both the JV 8 and Frosh/Novice 8 boats took home fifth place honors in their respective Grand Finals.

The Toreros V8, which consisted of Torrey Ray, Rory Kew, Henri Hicks, Gary Bastien, Will Bastien, Alex La Bruno, Taylor Terheggen, John Bacic, Patrick McPolin, turned in a powerful performance on the water today, as they posted a time of 6:21.83, which was just three seconds behind second place Purdue and Grand Valley took home first place honors with a time of 6:14.31. USD did finish ahead of MIT, and west coast powers UC Irvine and UCLA however.

The JV8 boat of Lauren Takahashi, Ryan Sandy, Quinn Montgomery, Brandon de Caussin, Daniel Hearst, Braeden Drouillard, Anthony Mejia, Charlie Penn, Joe Wier, posted a fifth place time of 6:23.43, but managed to finish ahead of Stanford, Gonzaga and Orange Coast College. The winner of this race was California, who had a time of 6:01.22, while Northeastern was second, California B was third and British Columbia was the fourth place boat.

The Frosh/Novice 8 boat of Kai Morse, Will Roman, Jack Pokalsky, Nick Watson, Mike Mohrman, Parker Danz, Matt Kaumeyer, Konrad Altvater, Pierce Salamack, posted a time of 6:43.18, which was just two seconds behind the UC Santa Barbara boat, and two seconds faster then the team from UC Davis. The winner of this heat was California with a time of 6:13.95.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday, as they scrimmage against rival Orange Coast College out at Mission bay at 7:30 a.m.



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