Two Top Five Finishes in Two Races for ODU

April 06, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Old Dominion University rowing team competed in two races today in the 40th Annual San Diego Crew Classic. The San Diego Crew Classic allowed the Lady Monarchs to compete against the country’s top talent. ODU ended up finishing their two races in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

The San Diego Crew Classic started in 1973 and has continued to grow in size ever since. Nowadays, the San Diego Crew Classic is a two-day, nationally acclaimed regatta, consisting of close to 100 races with more than 4000 athletes from over 125 schools and clubs. The regatta provides a venue for high school junior programs, collegiate teams, masters' clubs and even Olympic-level competition. The San Diego Crew Classic is considered to be one of the largest regattas in the world.

In the Collegiate 4+ earlier today, Old Dominion completed the race in 7:51.25, which was good enough for a fourth place finish. The only three schools that happened to finish ahead of the Lady Monarchs were all nationally ranked: No. 9 UCLA, No. 1 UVA and No. 19 Washington State. ODU completed the Collegiate 4+ race in front of: Iowa, St. Joseph’s and Brit Columbia.

The Lady Monarch finished the Collegiate Varsity race in fifth place with a time of 6:55.42. In what was a very tight race, less than 10 seconds separated Old Dominion from second place finisher, Brit Columbia (6:45.69). Miami (Fla.) was crowned the champion of the Collegiate Varsity race, as they finished in 6:36.77. ODU finished in front of San Diego State University (7:00.94) and Villanova (7:17.30).

The Old Dominion University rowing team received a vote in the most recent NCAA CRCA/US Rowing Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Monarchs will be back in action on March 13-14 in Cherry Hill, N.J., where they will compete in the annual Knecht Cup.

2013 40th Annual San Diego Crew Classic Results:

Collegiate Varsity
1. Miami (6:36.77)
2. Brit Columbia (6:45.69)
3. St. Mary’s (6:49.64)
4. Sac State (6:50.30)
5. ODU (6:55.42)
6. SDSU (7:00.94)
7. Villanova (7:17.30)

Collegiate 4+
1. UCLA (7:23.14)
2. UVA (7:28.45)
3. Washington St. (7:34.44)
4. ODU (7:51.25)
5. Iowa (7:54.21)
6. St. Joseph’s (7:59.14)
7. Brit Columbia (9:07.36)

Varsity 8+
C-Allison Giegerich 
8-Meg Pardy
7-Jenna Sterling
6-Abby Voss
5-Paige Madison
4-Gretchen Schmitt
3-Colleen Rennie
2-Keira Flanagan
1-Shannon Huff

Collegiate 4+
C-Lydia Cleveland
4-Kelsea Shiner 
3-Taylor Gall
2-Raven Howser
1-Missy Fruetel