Tulsa Lightweight 8+ Earns Bronze Medal at San Diego Crew Classic
April 6, 2014
San Diego, Calif. - Tulsa's Lightweight 8+ earned a bronze medal, while the Collegiate 8+ finished fourth in the Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. The Golden Hurricane's Collegiate 4+ captured a third-place mark in the Petite Final.
"Overall it was a pretty good performance," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "I was pleased with all the races. We just have to keep everyone moving positively toward the end of the season."
In the Lightweight 8+, TU turned in a time of 7:32.40 for third place, trailing Stanford (7:03.10) and Princeton (7:08.59), but topping UC-Irvine (8:05.75) and Washington State (8:34.60).
"The Lightweight 8+ had a solid race," Harris said. "There are some things we need to work on, but the boat is heading in a really positive direction with their speed."
The Hurricane Collegiate 8+ finished less than a second off the medal stand with a fourth-place time of 7:03.76. British Columbia (6:53.92), Victoria (6:56.33) and St. Mary's (7:02.94) claimed the top three spots.
"The Varsity 8+ had a great race," Harris said. "They drew a tough lane on the outside of the course, but they raced aggressively and positively. In the last 750 meters they were in the top three. They have big second half speed and they are working towards being a really good crew."
In the Collegiate 4+ Petite Final, the Tulsa women posted a third-place time of 7:47.08, trailing Texas (7:40.64) and Gonzaga (7:40.86), but TU topped three conference foes as Kansas State, San Diego State and Old Dominion rounded out the field.
"The Varsity 4+ is a boat we have had minimal practice with in terms of this lineup, and to see them come in like that and be aggressive was a lot of fun to watch," Harris said. "We knew Texas and Gonzaga were going to be fast, but we raced really well."
Tulsa will return to action at the Knecht Cup on April 12-13 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Collegiate 8+ Grand Final 1. British Columbia - 6:53.92 2. Victoria - 6:56.33 3. St. Mary's - 7:02.94 4. Tulsa - 7:03.76 5. Iowa - 7:04.38 6. Kansas State - 7:05.60 7. CS - Sacramento - 7:05.60 8. Portland - 7:10.06
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