San Diego takes second in Cal Cup grand final at San Diego Crew Classic
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- San Diego's Varsity 8 finished out the San Diego Crew Classic in impressive fashion on Sunday with a second-place finish in the Cal Cup grand final. The Toreros put in a strong race en route to a time of 6:47.09, which came in just behind a winning time of 6:42.30 by Miami (Fla.). USD came in ahead of British Columbia (6:52.58) as well as a pair of West Coast Conference rivals -- Loyola Marymount (5th place, 6:56.61) and Saint Mary's (Calif.) (7th place, 7:02.71).
USD finished in fourth place in the Cal Cup event at last season's Crew Classic and won it in 2010.
The Toreros got another second-place finish on the day by clocking a time of 7:14.40 in the women's open petite final for the Carley Copley Cup. In that event the Toreros cruised past Long Beach State, which finished nearly 30 seconds behind USD, but were edged by Colorado RC, which posted a winning time of 7:08.70.
Following along with the strong racing performances was the Varsity 4, which finished just behind Kansas State in the Karen Plumleigh Cortney petite final. USD finished with a time of 7:47.46, coming in less than three seconds behind KSU (7:44.80) for second place.
The Toreros did defeat Iowa (3rd place, 7:52.82) and Texas (4th place, 7:53.27) by a solid margin in that race.
Rounding out the day's competition was the second Varsity 8 competing in the petite final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy. The Toreros finished in fourth place in that event with a time of 6:58.58, finishing in front of Sacramento State (5th place, 7:02.62) and Texas (6th place, 7:04.55).
Sixth-ranked Southern California also had a big day with a trio of dominating performances. The Women of Troy hoisted the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup for an unprecedented third consecutive year and claimed grand final victories to win both the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy and the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup.
*USC Athletics contributed to this article.