Bruins Varsity 8 Place Third at Newport Beach

March 23, 2002

Newport Beach - The UCLA women's rowing team traveled to Newport Beach to compete in the Seventh Annual Berg Cup, hosted by Orange Coast College. Six teams competed in the morning's events: UCLA, Orange Coast College, UC Irvine, University of San Diego, Long Beach State, and Chapman University. The defending champion, University of San Diego, won the Varsity competition to capture the 2002 Berg Cup.

In the Varsity Race, the University of San Diego darted forward with a lead of a boat length of open water around the 1200m mark. The Toreros rowed to victory in a time of 7:03.20. The real competition in the Varsity race was for second place with UCLA, Orange Coast College (OCC), and UC Irvine exchanging leads. OCC finished second (7:14.89), one second ahead of the Bruins (7:15.92), who finished third. UC Irvine (UCI), Long Beach State (CSULB), and Chapman University (CU) finished in fourth, fifth, and sixth place, respectively.

'The Varsity did okay,' stated head coach Amy Fuller. 'They have not been competitive with Coast (OCC), and to lose to them by two seats is a good improvement for us. I still think we have a long way to go. We're rowing a lower stroke rate than the other teams, and I think we still have a greater margin for improvement.'

In JV competition, UCLA and USD separated from UCI and CU in the first few hundred meters. At about the 1200m mark, the Toreros had created a three-seat lead over the Bruins. USD held on to win the 2000m race by half a boat length (7:09.30). UCLA finished second (7:15.83), followed by UCI in third (7:37.30), and CU in fourth (8:01.35).

'I'm really excited about the JV,' stated Fuller. 'I thought it was the race of the day. They really stepped up nicely, in terms of improvements from Long Beach. They've been doing a lot better in practice, and I think they were fired up. I'm just really pleased that they were able to stick with USD and finish in second place.'

In the First Novice race, the competition was extremely close between the two UC schools. The Bruins maintained the lead for the first 1500m until UCI powered forward during the final sprint. The Anteaters had a winning time of 6:56.30. The Bruins finished second (6:57.30), only one second behind UCI. The University of San Diego, Long Beach State, and Chapman University finished fourth through sixth, respectively.

'I would have liked to see the First Novice 8 win,' stated Fuller, 'but I think they learned a valuable lesson today. It's really about racing the whole race. You can't try to win the race in the last ten strokes. They were up and had a nice lead, and then they let UCI move back up on them. They tried to win it in the last ten strokes, but they were a ball short. The race is 2000m long, and you've got to get it done in 2000m.'

The Second Novice race had only two entries, UCLA and UCI. UCLA, rowing in the 'Ms. Lin' (Vespoli Millennium), maintained a boat and a half-length lead over UCI at about the 1200m mark. The Bruins were too far ahead for the Anteaters to come from behind. They finished with a winning time of 7:24.6. UCI was seven seconds slower at 7:31.44.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday, March 30, in San Pedro, CA against USC. The first event begins with Novice B competition at 9:00AM.

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