San Diego Crew Classic, 2013: Recap and Review
|Dramatic skies over Mission Bay (Photo: B. Kitch)|
On the men's side, Cal was dominant—another very deep team with a ton of upside coming from strong sophomore and junior classes, including 2013 Crash-B winner Christian Kader and emerging talent Carter Crowe. The Cal men's second varsity posted the
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— Bryan Kitch (@rowingrelated) April 7, 2013
Miami took top honors in the women's Cal Cup, ahead of local favorites USD and British Columbia, respectively.**
At the junior level, there were a number of closely contested finals, setting up grudge matches at the regional and national level in the coming weeks and months. Marin's junior men reasserted themselves after being beaten in the varsity eight for the first time in roughly three years by Long Beach Juniors at the Faultline Faceoff in Oakland last month. In San Diego, however, Marin once again looked like the team to beat, posting an impressive 6:01.56 to win the event, with LBJC taking second place just under six seconds back, and Oakland Strokes a length back in third. The Marin junior women enjoyed similar success in the varsity eight, edging defending national champs Oakland into second place by just over a length to take the title. Marina Aquatic Center also posted an impressive result, finishing just 0.26 seconds back of Oakland.
As usual, the masters events at the regatta were a lot of fun, with a number of Olympians in action battling it out for bragging rights in the beer garden.
Notes: Our Video Of The Week is forthcoming, and you can view full results from the massive weekend of racing in San Diego on the official website of the Crew Classic.
*Update: The times posted to the Crew Classic website for the Copley Cup are currently incorrect—here are the "more correct" times thanks to row2k:
**Updated & corrected 4/9/2013