Villanova's Varsity Lightweight Eight is currently ranked third in the country in 2001 pre-season polls. The Wildcats backed up that ranking with a third place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic.
 
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Rowing's Varsity Lightweight Eight Crew Finishes Third at San Diego Crew Classic

April 10, 2001

San Diego, CA - On Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, the Villanova Wildcat women's rowing team participated in the 2001 San Diego Crew Classic. The Wildcats returned from the trip with an excellent performance in the Varsity Lightweight Eight, placing third in the A.W. Coggeshal Cup final behind only nationally ranked number two Wisconsin and top-ranked Princeton. The Wildcats also participated in the Varsity Eight race, finishing seventh in the Jessop-Whitter Cup Petite final.

In the Lightweight Eight race, Villanova hung strong early, trailing the Badgers and Tigers by less than and nine and five seconds, respectively, with 1500-meters remaining. At the 1000-meter mark, Villanova posted a time of 3:53.32 and a split of 1:57.76. The split was two seconds behind their first 500-meters and kept them in position to emerge victorious. With 500-meters remaining, Wisconsin and Princeton took a commanding lead on the rest of the field. Villanova focused on solidifying their third position. They did so by posting their second best split of the afternoon in the last 500-meters. The Wildcats posted a time of 1:55.85 to cross the finish line in third with a total time of 7:48.02.

Wisconsin won the race with a time of 7:20.7 and Princeton crossed in second with a time of 7:21.67. In the pre-season polls Villanova was ranked third nationally in the Varsity Lightweight Eight, behind only the Badgers and Tigers.

In the Varsity Eight race, the Jessop-Whitter Cup, Villanova rowed to a time of 6:59.12 in heat B. The Wildcats time earned them a spot in the Petite Final, in which they rowed to a seventh place finish. Villanova posted a time of 7:32.69. The winner of the Petite final was Washington State with a time of 7:10.22.

Women's rowing will be in action next on Saturday, April 14, when they travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the George Washington Invitational.