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Crew Races Temporarily Suspended in San Diego
Release: 04/07/2001
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April 7, 2001

San Diego, Calif. - Driving rain and strong winds have caused a temporary delay in racing at the 28th annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay Saturday. Race officials were expected to meet again at 3 p.m. to determine if racing would resume at 4 p.m.

The Washington men's and women's varsity eights and the freshman men's eight each won their heats earlier in the morning to advance to grand finals Sunday.

The regatta got a late start in the morning while race officials tried to remove large amounts of kelp from the race course. That put the schedule about 20 minutes behind from the start. Seventeen races were contested before racing was suspended because of the weather. The Washington women's junior varsity crew was on the starting line for its heat when the delay was called.

The stoppage was also precipitated in part by the USC women's junior varsity eight, racing in heat one of its event, that saw its shell get swamped and sink as it crossed the finish line. The crew took on water over the last half of the race but still managed to finish second and advance to the grand final before its boat sank. Rowers jumped out of the shell and were brought to shore by rescue boats.

The WAshington men's and women's junior varsity eights and the novice women's eight have yet to race.

Below are results of the races contested before the regatta was suspended.

Grand Final Lane assignments for Sunday, April 8
Copley Cup Men's Varsity Eight
1. California. 2, Washington 3. Penn, 4, Wisconsin. 5, Yale. 6. Oregon State.

San Diego Crew Classic
Day 1 Preliminary Heat Results
April 7, 2001
Mission Bay, Calif. (2,000-meters)
v Steady rain and wind

Copley Cup Men's Varsity Eight (top three advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, California 5:43.17. 2, Penn 5:46.44. 3, Yale 5:50.97. 4, Navy 5:59.42. 5, Stanford 6:02.09., 6, Sacramento State 6:03.78.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 5:49.54. 2, Wisconsin 5:51.01. 3, Oregon State 5:52.63. 4, Temple 5:54.37. 5, Purdue 6:06.01.

Jessop Whittier Cup Women's Varsity Eight (top three advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1,WASHINGTON 6:26.03. 2, California 6:34.26. 3, Notre Dame 6:34.70. 4, Texas 6:35.58. 5, Stanford 6:41.61. 6, Oregon State 6:44.39. 7, Duke 6:46.51.

Heat 2 - 1, USC 6:28.50. 2, Virginia 6:33.80. 3, Clemson 6:35.91. 4, Washington State 6:36.30. 5, San Diego State 6:47.20. 6, Villanova 6:59.12. 7, Sacramento State 7:10.23.

Men's Freshman Eight (top two advance to grand final)
Heat 1 - 1, California 6:05.0. 2, Orange Coast 6:25.57. 3, Virginia 6:41.10. 4, Sacramento St., 6:41.63. 5, Santa Clara 6:41.93. 6, San Diego 7:10.97. 7, UCLA 7:19.10.

Heat 2 - 1, WASHINGTON 6:10.29. 2, Oregon State 6:17.40. 3, Stanford 6:29.06. 4, Davis 6:31.79. 5, UCSD 6:41.71. 6, USC 6:45.41. 7, Cal Maritime 7:00.43.

Heat 3 - 1, UCSB 6:34.2. 2, Irvine 6:35.57. 3, Long Beach 6:42.58. 4, Chapman 6:44.99. 5, Washington State 6:49.63. 6, Loyola Marymount 6:49.67. 7, San Diego State 7:02.0.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Heat 1 - 1, Washington State 6:51.3. 2, USC 7:01.03. 3, Stanford 7:22.04. 4, Tulsa 7:27.25. 5, Kansas State 7:34.25. 6, Sacramento State 7:46.75. 7, Irvine 7:56.52.

Racing Suspended 10:15 a.m. PST
Heat 2 -
Duke
Oregon State
Washington
Texas
San Diego State
Davis

Heat 3 -
Tennessee
Notre Dame
Clemson
Virginia
Orange Coast
California

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