April 2, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Villanova trekked west to Southern California for the 39th annual San Diego Crew Classic (SDCC) this past weekend. The rowing team entered in the Women's Collegiate Varsity SeaWorld Cal Cup, which took place on Saturday morning in Mission Bay Park.
The Wildcats registered a seventh-place finish out of the seven total entries in the preliminary heat. VU posted a time of 7:20.15 to round out the competition.
Oklahoma earned the victory at 6:50.73. The Sooners defeated second-place Tulsa (6:57.09) by a near seven seconds. Notching third was Sacramento State (7:00.69), followed closely behind by Western Washington (7:01.58). UC Davis (UCD) slated the fifth place spot with a time of 7:02.05, while Southern Methodist University (SMU) secured sixth in a time of 7:08.95.
The `Cats were unable to advance to the final of the Varsity SeaWorld Cal Cup that was held on Sunday, despite another rigorous effort put forth.
Duke snagged first-place honors with a time of 7:08.47. Coming in second was Oregon State (7:10.01). Previously crowned Oklahoma took third (7:15.86), while USD (7:21.69) finished fourth. Tulsa would post a time of 7:22.09 to edge sixth-place finisher Iowa (7:22.37) in close fashion.
This nationally acclaimed regatta was formed in 1973 and consisted of only 300 competitors in 12 races at that time. Today, the event now consists of approximately 100 races with over 3400 rowers.
Thousands of spectators come out and support what is known as America's Premier Spring Regatta. For those who are not able to attend the famed event, a live streaming webcast is available to the public. A national broadcast is delivered on ESPNU as well.
Complete Villanova Results:
Women's Collegiate Varsity A (Preliminary Heat) SeaWorld Cal Cup
1) Oklahoma - 6:50.73
2) Tulsa - 6:57.09
3) Sacramento State - 7:00.69
4) Western Washington - 7:01.58
5) UC Davis - 7:02.05
6) Southern Methodist - 7:08.95
7) Villanova - 7:20.15
Women's Collegiate Varsity A (Final) SeaWorld Cal Cup
1) Duke - 7:08.47
2) Oregon State - 7:10.01
3) Oklahoma - 7:15.86
4) USD - 7:21.69
5) Tulsa - 7:22.09
6) Iowa - 7:22.37