Winter is over. At least that’s the way it seems for crews on approach to San Diego this weekend, April 1-2, for the annual San Diego Crew Classic. With more than 70 crews represented from Miami to Seattle, there is sure to be some good racing this weekend. In the premier events, such as the men’s and women’s collegiate eights, the usual suspects are what you might expect to see at the awards tent this year. Look for Dave O’Neill’s Longhorns to come looking for hardware as they lost in the 2016 race by a narrow two seconds. On the men’s side, Yale sung boola boola as they crossed the finish line on Mission Bay ahead of Cal and Drexel with a solid seven-second margin on the Bears. Expect Cal to arrive in San Diego ready for a fight against the Bulldogs.
In the junior events, California crews seem to always wind up in the grand final. In the women’s varsity eight grand final in 2016, six of the eight crews were from the golden state. Saugatuck Rowing, being the exception, had no problem taking the first place slot in the 2016 women’s junior eight event and will have their eyes set on gold again this year, no doubt. On the junior men’s side look for Marin and Oakland in the top three finishers of the men’s high school varsity eight grand final.
Check back Saturday and Sunday following racing for a recap of the day.