Nov. 1, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The Newport Atumn Rowing Festival is the Southwest's largest fall regatta. Located in Newport Beach harbor, this 5k race rounds Lido island and ending in newport's back bay attracting a high caliber of competitors throughout the western region. The University of San Diego women's rowing team had a solid performance this weekend with the Varsity 4 finishing two seconds ahead of UCLA. The NARF Regatta is a time trial event where boats are sent down the course back to back. The team completing the course the fastest wins.
The women's open 4 event was USD's best finish of the day as the Toreros finished in first place with a 19:15.21 time ahead of the field. This performance topped a competive field included southern california rival UCLA and West Coast Conference rivals St. Marys and LMU.
In the primier Women's Open 8 event, San Diego's top Varsity 8 finished in 16:39.23 with a program's top finish at Newport. UCLA finished first with a 16:03.81. The Stanford lightweights finished in third place 13 seconds behind the Toreros followed by crosstown rival San Diego State in fourth place. WCC rivals Loyola Marymount and St. Marys college finished in 6th and 8th place respectively. The USD B boat finished in 10th place out of 16 teams with a 17:47.54.
USD's three Freshman eights had a good day on the water with the A squad finishing in third place behind San Diego State (1st place, 17:32.71) and USC (2nd place, 18:19.20). The B boat finished in 13th place (21:19.46) and the C boat finished in 16th place (21:39.45) out of 21 boats.
"This weekend was successful due to the team's commitment to the fall training and their focus on the water. We still have a lot of work to do, but we're excited to see where the season takes us," says Coach Cupini.
The Toreros have a week to prepare for the Fall Classic located in Mission Bay. The upcoming regatta is scheduled for the morning of November 8. Please check back on the Torero Women's Rowing website for further details to be released this week.