KSU crew ready for San Diego event

By The Mercury

After making big improvements two weeks ago at the Longhorn Invitational, the K-State rowing team is headed to the West Coast for the 39th San Diego Crew Classic. The Wildcats will make their annual journey to Mission Bay for two days of rowing against some of the nation’s top crews again, including 2011 champion Southern California.

Each year the San Diego Crew Classic is considered among the premier regattas in America, as it draws crews from the college, juniors and masters ranks. This year’s regatta will feature more than 125 entries and showcase some Olympic hopefuls during an exhibition.

The Wildcats will send three boats to compete with the 1st Varsity 8, taking on the field again in the SeaWorld Cup. In K-State’s heat will be Duke, San Diego, Gonzaga, Drexel, San Diego State and Fordham. The race is set to start at 8:10 a.m. Pacific.

The 2nd Varsity 8 will race for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and take on Virginia, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Duke and Tulsa in its heat Saturday. Virginia is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll.

K-State’s Novice 8 is again set to compete for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. San Diego, Saint Mary’s, Washington State, Oregon State, Washington and Texas will be in the Wildcats’ heat.

Following the initial heats in each event Saturday, teams will advance to various levels of semifinal and final heats depending on their finishes in each race.

This year, fans can again follow the action on the internet through the San Diego Crew Classic’s Twitter handle @crewclassic.

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