Taking on the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships!
Once again, UCD Rowing participated in the annual WIRA regatta at Lake Natoma in Sacramento. This is one of our most competitive races of the year! Only 30 min away from our home course, every rower on the team got the opportunity to compete in a variety of races. This year our team raced our V8+, 2V8+, N8+, V4+, N4+, Lightweight N4+, 2-, and 2x! That’s a lot of boats! Fortunately we had some great results and had outstanding team bonding.
Our V8+ raced in their Heat on Saturday and placed 3rd. The next day, they raced in their Petite Final and once again got 3rd place! With some fierce competition, this boat really put in some work!
Our 2V8+ raced in their Heat on Saturday and placed 4th. On Sunday, they raced again in their Petite Final and placed 3rd. This was a great racing opportunity for our 2V8+ and they gave it their all!
This was our Novices’ first ever WIRA! They raced in their Heat on Saturday and placed 2nd. On the following day, they placed 4th in their Grand Final. Although they almost medaled, they still had a great race and PR-ed!
Our V4+ raced only once in their Heat on Saturday, and placed 6th. Although it was a tough race, the boat still went out and tried their best!
Our V2- raced twice on Saturday. In their Heat they placed 4th, and in their Petite Final they placed 1st! Way to go girls!
Our V2X raced once on Saturday and placed 2nd in their heat. Then on Sunday they raced again and placed 3rd in their Grand Final! They got to bring home some awesome bronze hardware!
Our N4+ raced in their Heat on Saturday and placed 3rd. The next day, they raced in their Petite Final and placed 1st! Great job ladies!
With only one race on Sunday, our Novice Lightweight 4+ performed extremely well! They placed 2nd and brought home stunning silver hardware! Amazing work girls!
Starting the Spring Season at the San Diego Crew Classic
This weekend our V8+ and N8+ headed down the coast to the beautiful city of San Diego! After many months of training, we took on other crews in the annual San Diego Crew Classic for some tough racing. This year, we had some amazing results!
On Saturday, our V8+ raced in their heat and took 4th place, which resulted in a movement up a lane! They finished with a 7:13:38, over West Point and UC Irvine.
Then on Sunday, our V8+ raced once more in their grand final, taking 5th place overall. Their time was a 7:19.52, just a few seconds down from the University of Calgary.
A few hours after this, our N8+ launched for their grand final with great excitement! With incredible power and maturity, our novices crossed the finish line in 1st place with an 8:17:87.
Our novices brought home a stunning 1st place trophy with some excellent hardware to match. Our entire team cannot express the pure pride and joy we felt for our novices as we watched them receive their awards. Amazing job ladies, way to race!
Finishing Out the Season at ACRA 2018
Our Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ competed in the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships this weekend in Gainesville, Georgia!
Due to an ominous threat of thunder storms, the crews competed in Saturday morning time trials. Luckily the weather was kind to us, and both crews also the chance to compete in a semifinal and a final on Sunday before the downpour came.
The V8+ had an awesome time trial on Saturday, finishing 5th out of 16 competitive crews.
They also did a killer job in their semi final, placing 2nd.
They finished their season with a time of 7:06.8 in their A final, directly behind Colorado's 7:06.2.
The V4+ also had some awesome racing over the weekend. They started off strong pulling a 7:53 in their time trial.
In their semi final, they faced some tough competition. They fought hard but ultimately lost to Virginia Commonwealth by the skin of their teeth, only .01 seconds away.
However, they finished 5th in their B final, ahead of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, and UCI.
Busy Weekend at WIRA 2018
On Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th, UCD Women's Rowing competed at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association competition, also known as WIRA.
Our Women's team entered six boats into the competition, and along with the boats the Men's team entered, you could hear the "UCD Go Ags" cheer being belted out the entire weekend.
Every boat we entered had a successful row, from our Novice boat and our JV boat to our Varsity boats, and several of our crews remarked that their WIRA races felt like their strongest, best-rowed races yet.
Our Varsity 2- boat performed especially well, and left the racecourse wearing some silver hardware!
Pictured are our six different WIRA crews:
2018 San Diego Crew Classic
After training hard all winter and competing in scrimmages at our home course, the Novice and Varsity squads headed south to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic.
Although we encountered some heavy rain on the drive down, the weather cleared up by the weekend and our crews got the opportunity to race against schools from all over the west coast, the country, and even Canada.
All boats performed well. The Varsity 8+ finished 5th in their Grand Final, 16 seconds ahead of the University of Calgary. The Varsity 4+ finished 4th, 29 seconds ahead of UC San Diego's B boat and only 6 seconds behind Seattle Pacific University. Our Novices finished 4th in their race as well, 9 seconds ahead of UC Santa Barbara. We also had an Alumni boat race!
For full results from the weekend, you can go to this website.
Feel free to re-watch the races online here!
Varsity 8+ final starts at 1:19.43___Varsity 4+ final starts at 4:27.32___Novice 8+ final starts at 4:36.54
Ending the season with a BANG at ACRAs 2017
The Varsity and Novice Crews saw success on the water in Georgia over Memorial Day weekend. Despite a brutal headwind, the teams put forth their best. The Novice 8 concluded their strong season with a third place finish and some bronze hardware. The Varsity 8 put up a strong fight and after placing well in their heat went on to take 5th in the grand final, the best the crew has seen in many years. The Novice 4 performed well, taking 5th in the B Final. Big thanks to our family, friends, and alumni that helped us to have an incredible season!
Successful Weekend at WIRA Regionals 2017
For the first time in a very long time, the Varsity squad brought home some WIRA hardware. The Varsity 4+ placed second in their Saturday heat and moved into the Grand Final on Sunday where they had a strong third place finish behind 1st and second place teams Western Washington and Humboldt. The 1st Novice 8+ advanced to Grands after a third place finish in their heat on Saturday, finishing in the third place position to take bronze on Sunday.
This year the team also entered more boats than in previous seasons. The events included a Novice 4+, a Lightweight 4+, a 2nd Novice 8+, and a Varsity 2- in addition to the usual Varsity 8+, 1st Novice 8+, and Varsity 4+. All crews had strong performances in their events including a first place finish in the petite final for the Varsity 8+.