.665 seconds. That was the margin between the Yale Bulldogs and California Bears this morning, April 1, at the 2017 San Diego Crew Classic in the men’s varsity eight Copley Cup Invitational heats. Cal had the faster time clocking in at 5:42.088 but neither the Bulldogs, stroked by Yale senior and national-teamer, Nathaniel Goodman, nor the Bears appeared to be emptying the tank as they crossed the finish line. Both won their heats.
This seemed to be the status quo for racing today as upsets were few and far between. In the women’s collegiate varsity Jessop-Whittier Cup eight event Dave O’Neill’s Longhorns took the first place finish in the first heat, meeting expectations, and will face off against the University of Southern California tomorrow in the final. The Trojan women took first place in their heat as well with a slower time of 6:28.784.
In one of the closest heats of the day, OKC Riversport bested Capital crew by barely a second in order to make grand finals over the crew based out of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. OKC Riversport team captain, Xaley Yousey, said they were prepared to do what they had to in order to make the finals.
“I think last night in our boat meeting we talked about making a decision,” Yousey said. “We weren’t really sure when that decision was going to be made, but I think it came down to having to make that decision in the last 250 meters … and I think we made the decision not to be walked through.”
In the end, OKC managed to take second place behind Marin Rowing Association and will race in the grand finals tomorrow.
In the men’s high school varsity eight event, remarkably, all six crews that will be racing tomorrow in the grand final are from California. Newport Aquatic Center walked away with the fastest heat time in the event with a 6:10.458.
For a full list of results visit https://herenow.com/results/#/races/20339/results.