Tulsa's Varsity 8+ Advances to Grand Final at San Diego Crew Classic
March 31, 2012
San Diego, Calif. - Tulsa's Varsity 8+ earned a second-place finish in the Heat on Saturday afternoon to advance to tomorrow's Grand Final at the 39th Annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. TU will also race it's seventh-ranked Lightweight 8+ tomorrow.
The Varsity 8+, which features Dana Urbanek, Allyson Brooks, Amanda Schenk, Amy Nelson, Renee Vanasse, Emory Cate, Arielle Tillou, Stephanie Rogers and Jessica Fosdyck, turned in a time of 6:57.08 to advance to the Grand Final.
"I was really proud of the Varsity 8+," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "The last time we raced Oklahoma, we were much further behind so I am happy with how we are closing the gap. The Eight did what we asked them to do, go out and execute the race plan. They were able to get ahead of the field and really hold on to OU. We have to take that experience and try for a win tomorrow against some very tough teams. It will be a deep and tough race, but we will give it our all."
In the Collegiate 4+, the Golden Hurricane posted a sixth-place finish in the Heat and finished fifth in the Third Final, but improved its time by nearly 15 seconds in the second time down the course.
Tulsa's Second Varsity 8+ recorded a time of 7:14.08 for seventh place in the Heat.
"The Collegiate 4+ and Second Varsity 8+ learned a lot today, but the field in both races was very deep," Harris said. "The lightweights will also have a big test tomorrow against a strong field. We are a young boat, but I am hoping they can step up and get a win for us."
Varsity 8+ Heat `A' SeaWorld Cal Cup 1. Oklahoma - 6:50.73 2. Tulsa - 6:57.08 3. Sacramento State - 7:00.69 4. Western Washington - 7:01.58 5. UC-Davis - 7:02.05 6. SMU - 7:08.95 7. Villanova - 7:20.15
Collegiate 4+ `C' Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup 1. Tennessee - 7:42.93 2. Washington - 7:44.27 3. San Diego - 7:57.63 4. Texas - 7:57.78 5. Stanford - 7:58.01 6. Tulsa - 8:10.45 7. UC-Santa Barbara - 8:49.48
Collegiate 4+ Third Final 1. USC `B' - 7:37.27 2. Stanford - 7:48.03 3. Duke - 7:49.49 4. Oklahoma - 7:49.73 5. Tulsa - 7:56.99 6. Sacramento State - 7:59.38
Second Varsity 8+ Heat `B' Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy 1. Virginia - 6:52.38 2. Washington - 6:54.20 3. Texas - 7:01.22 4. Tennessee - 7:01.24 5. Kansas State - 7:12.61 6. Duke - 7:13.34 7. Tulsa - 7:14.08
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