Tulsa Advances Eights to Grand Finals at San Diego Crew Classic
April 2, 2011
San Diego, Calif. - The University of Tulsa women's rowing team advanced both the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ to the Grand Final, while both Varsity 4+ crews will compete in the Petite Final after racing in the Heats on Saturday at the 38th Annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. Racing will conclude tomorrow at the Crew Classic.
"I am extremely proud of what the team accomplished today," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "It was a really good day of racing all across the board. It is great to see everyone working well together and to watch the team become a team that can compete with the best in the country."
The Varsity 8+ put together their best race this season, leading all the way down the course to earn a top finish in a time of 6:48.1, just 0.8 seconds ahead of Alabama. TU will race Sacramento State, Kansas State, Georgetown, Stanford Lightweight's and Alabama in tomorrow's Grand Final.
"The Varsity 8+ rowed a composed race and I think they understand what it takes to be a fast boat," Harris said. "They have a tough field tomorrow, but they have a shot to win the race."
In the Novice 8+, the Golden Hurricane executed their race plan and finished second with a time of 7:24.54 in the Heat to advance to the Grand Final for the first time in school history at the Crew Classic. They will take on Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Stanford and Oklahoma in tomorrow's final.
"I am just really proud of the way the novices are racing right now," Harris said. "They will have to step it up another notch in the final, but they raced a terrific race today."
Tulsa's Varsity 4+ `A' turned in a fourth-place time of 7:42.52 in the Heat, while TU's `B', which is the Hurricane Lightweight 4+, was sixth in their Heat in a time of 7:45.82. Tulsa will face USC, San Diego, Alabama and Bates in the Petite Final.
TU's Second Varsity 8+ was sixth in the Heat and advanced to the Third Final, finishing fourth with a time of 7:01.61.
Varsity 4+ Heat A 1. UCLA - 7:19.8 2. Stanford - 7:24.27 3. Oklahoma - 7:28.68 4. USC `B' - 7:38.86 5. San Diego - 7:43.85 6. Tulsa `B' - 7:45.82
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