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2007-08 CREW



GENERAL INFORMATION Location: ....................... La Jolla, Calif. Founded: ....................................... 1960 Enrollment: ................................ 27,048 Colors: ............................Blue and Gold Nickname: ..................................Tritons Affiliation: ................NCAA Division II Conference: .................................WIRA Facility: .............................. Misson Bay Chancellor: ........... Dr. Marye Anne Fox Athletics Director:...... Earl W. Edwards UCSD Athletics Phone: ..858-534-4211 UCSD Athletics Fax: ..... 858-534-8172

Coaching Staff ................................2-3

SPORTS INFORMATION Assistant SID: ................Mark Oshidari Office Phone: ................. 858-534-8451 Cell Phone: ..................... 209-518-0759 E-Mail: ................ Sports Info Intern: ................ Ivan Alber Cell Phone: ..................... 267-614-3735 E-Mail: ....................... SID Fax: ......................... 858-534-8475 WOMEN’S CREW STAFF Head Coach: ................ Pattie Pinkerton Alma Mater: ................ San Diego State Assistant Coach:.................. Liz Record Assistant Coach:...............Jack Vallerga MEN’S CREW STAFF Head Coach: .................... Zach Johnson Alma Mater: ................ San Diego State Assistant Coach:................. Colin Truex MEDIA SERVICES Internet Home Page: NCAA: .........................

2007-08 Schedule............................... 3 Mission Bay/Team Histories .............. 4 Women’s Crew Roster ....................... 5 Women’s Crew Varsity Profiles ....6-11 Men’s Crew Roster .......................... 12 Men’s Crew Varsity Profiles .......13-15 2006-07 Results and News..........16-20 Intercollegiate Athletics ................... 21 Community Outreach ....................... 22 Athletic Perf./Sports Medicine......... 23 UCSD - Youngest of the Best .......... 24

San Diego - America’s Finest City 25


The UC San Diego men’s and women’s crew media guide was written, edited and designed by Ivan Alber, Sports Information Intern, with help from Mark Oshidari, Assistant SID, and Dan Abrams, Athletics Marketing Intern. Photographs by Brock Scott, Jimmy Gekas, Bruce White, the UCSD Sports Facilities Office and the UCSD Regents Office.


COACHING STAFF 2007-08 CREW Pattie Pinkerton begins her ninth season as head coach of the UCSD women’s rowing team in 2007-08. During her tenure, UCSD has gained top 10 rankings for its Varsity and Lightweight programs, as well as consistently placing athletes on US Rowing and College Rowing Coaches Association All-American and Scholar-Athlete squads. UCSD consistently medals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships and the Pacific Coast Championships. Pinkerton led the Tritons to their most successful season in school-history, finishing second in the nation at the NCAA DII National Championships in 2006-07. That Triton squad also won the prestigious Berg Cup for the first time, had its highest finish at the PCRC’s and earned a team bid to the NCAA Rowing Championships. In the 2005-06 season, UCSD notched a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in becoming the first ever crew team in San Diego to qualify as a team to Nationals.

Pattie Pinkerton

Head Coach - 9th Season

Pinkerton previously served as women’s crew coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. At Gonzaga, she led her team to the West Coast Conference championship in 1999 and was named WCC Coach of the Year. Pinkerton’s rowing career spans a period of 25 years. She was a competitor at the USA National Championships from 1975 to 1984, and competed for the USA Sculling Squad from 1980-82. As an international competitor at the Master’s Championships and World Games from 1985-97, she won 16 international titles and seven national titles. From 1982-84, she was president of the USA National Women’s Rowing Association, and in 1984 was named Woman of the Year by the United States Rowing Association. Much of Pinkerton’s coaching experience came in Australia, where she coached the Men’s and Women’s Talent Identification Squads to 17 national rowing titles in the Australian National Championships from 1990-98. In 1996, she was named West Australian Rowing Coach of the Year. Her vast experience in the sport has also resulted in numerous duties as a lecturer and journalist. She covered the 1992 Olympic rowing competition in Barcelona as an accredited reporter. Pinkerton returns to San Diego, where she studied Journalism at San Diego State University from 1974-78. She also served as Rowing Coordinator for the San Diego Rowing Club from 1983 to 1984.

Zach Johnson enters his fourth season with UC San Diego Men’s Crew team and second as head coach in 2008. After serving two years leading a successful novice program, Johnson set multiple school records in his first season as head coach. During the course of the 2006-07 campaign, Johnson directed the crew to an undefeated fall season and its first win at the Newport Fall Regatta. The team set a new benchmark at the San Diego Crew Classic where they won the prestigious Cal Cup Trophy for the first time in program history. After sweeping the San Diego City Championships the team was able to medal in four events at the WIRA Conference Championships. Three of the boats finished within 1 second of first place including the Varsity 8 which was involved in the closest three way photo finish in Conference history. The team reached new levels of recognition in 2007 as UCSD was ranked in the top 25 in the US Rowing National Collegiate Polls for the first time in the 40 year program history.

Zach Johnson

Head Coach - 2nd Season

At the end of the 2007 season Johnson was invited to “guest” coach for a month at Yale University. While at Yale, Johnson coached the JV and 3V athletes as they prepared for the oldest intercollegiate sporting event at the Harvard-Yale Regatta. The Yale JV was able to surprise a heavily favored Harvard boat who had beaten them at both the IRA Regatta and Eastern Sprints weeks earlier, winning the event by over 15 seconds. In 2006 Johnson directed the Novice program to success winning as both his 1st and 2nd frosh/novice boats medaled at the WIRA Conference Championships as the Novice A finished less than a second out of 1st Place. At the ECAC National Invitational Regatta the UCSD Novice 8 set a program record by placing 2nd at the event. The first time any UCSD crew had ever medaled on a National stage. Most impressive was the fact that the boat was made up nearly entirely of walk-on athletes.



Mel Kaelberer WC Assistant Coach

Liz Record WC Assistant Coach

Monica Switick WC Assistant Coach

Jack Vallerga WC Assistant Coach

Colin Truex MC Assistant Coach

2007-08 SCHEDULE DATE Oct. 20-22 Nov. 4 Feb. 23 Mar. 8 Mar. 15 Mar. 29 Mar. 29-30 Apr. 5 Apr. 5-6 Apr. 12 Apr. 19 Apr. 26 May 3-4 May 10-11 May 17 May 18 May 30 June 5-7

OPPONENT Head of the Charles Newport Autumn Rowing Festival Row for the Cure UC Irvine, Long Beach State USD, UCLA, Gonzaga (M) Berg Cup Invitational (W) Windermere Regatta (M) Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships San Diego Crew Classic San Diego City Championships Newport Regatta (M) Chapman (W) Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships ECAC National Invitational Regatta PaciďŹ c Coast Rowing Championships (W) PAC-10 Championships (M) NCAA National Rowing Championships (W) Intercollegiate Rowing Championships (M)


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LOCATION Boston, Mass. Newport Harbor Mission Bay Long Beach Chula Vista Newport Harbor Redwood Shores Vancouver, Wash. Mission Bay Mission Bay Newport Beach Newport Harbor Rancho Cordova Worcester, Mass. Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Camden, N.J.

MISSION BAY 2007-08 CREW The UC San Diego rowing teams call San Diego Mission Bay home for all workouts and regattas. Consisting of 4,600 acres, the “World’s Finest Aquatic Playground” is a rowers paradise. In addition to several dual meet competitions, UCSD competes on Mission Bay in the San Diego City Championships and the San Diego Crew Classic, the largest spring regatta in the United States. UCSD’s Boathouse is located on Mission Bay and serves as a central point for all Triton workouts. In addition, the rowing team trains regularly in the outstanding weight room facility at RIMAC, UCSD’s Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Center. Directions: Take -5- South, exit Sea World Dr. Make a Right off of exit. Follow Sea World Drive to W. Mission Bay exit; Exit to the right (past Sea World) Stay in right lane and follow circle loop onto W. Mission Bay Dr. (Note: Do not get on Ingraham St. after exiting). Follow to Mission Blvd; Right on Mission Blvd. Right on El Carmel Place to Boathouse.



Rowing is one of the oldest and most physically-challenging sports still in existence today. Competitive rowing in the United States began in 1852 with the Yale-Harvard race making it the first organized collegiate sport. The men compete in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association conference (WIRA).

UCSD celebrates more than 30 years of women’s crew on Mission Bay. Today, as a full-time Varsity sport, the Tritons are a top ranked D-II rowing school, with a nationally ranked Lightweight program as well. UCSD has kept pace over the years with technology and competition since it won its first national Lightweight Championship in 1978.

The first men’s crew team at UC San Diego was established in 1967. Many changes have taken place since that time. The sport has evolved from wooden boats and oars, to high-tech racing shells made of Kevlar, carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb. The oars have changed their traditional spoon-like shape, and with the introduction of composite materials, evolved into a hatchet or cleaver shape. UCSD has kept pace with the technology, and has remained competitive at the regional and national levels.

The Tritons are coming off their most successful year in program history, ending the 2006-2007 season as the country’s No. 2 team after two second-place Grand Final finishes on the final day of the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships in Tennessee during May 2007. Earlier in that same month of May, UCSD posted its strongest finish in over a decade at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. The Tritons finished on the podium in six of six events, with 18 athletes doubling up and bringing home 31 medals as a team.

Last season men’s crew received votes in the US Rowing Association top20 national poll for the first time in program history. Included among the Tritons’ most recent and finest results are: 2007:

2006: 2005: 2004:

The record-setting season also included the first-ever varsity eight win at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. UCSD also captured the prestigious Berg Cup varsity eight title for the first time with a school-record time of 6:47.1 for the 2000m course.

-Won the Cal Cup San Diego Crew Classic for the first time in program history. -Swept the San Diego City Championships. -Two second-place finishes at Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. -Winning the points title at the WIRA Championships for the first time in program history. -Every boat won medals at the WIRA Championships. -Swept the San Diego City Championships for second consecu tive season. -Gold medal in all five events (Varsity eight, Junior Varsity eight, Varsity four, Novice eight, Novice four) San Diego City Championships.

The NCAA established the National Collegiate Rowing Championships in 1996. The 2002 season marked the first time the NCAA hosted separate championships in each division. This has strengthened UCSD’s position as a top Division II program. After two solid decades as a Division III institution, UCSD moved to Division II in the Fall of 2000. With the move came an increase in funding from the University and the establishment of full-time coaching positions for the first time in UCSD history. With a fleet of new boats, enthusiastic athlete scholars, supportive alumni and top coaches, the squads have been increasingly successful, winning Championships and medals.



NAME Eunice Aquino Anne Arntson Summer Austin Amanda Becerra Jesi Bennett Roxanne Bevel Jamie Bigwood Stephanie Chang Suzanne Chang Wanda Chin Laurel Copenbarger Cory Davis Danielle Dowler Amy Fan Sara Gosling Kelly Hansen Kristen Hayashi Brittany Hernandez Alissa Kispersky Denise Klenckner Vivian Le Andrea Lin Erin Lodhia Elizabeth Longo Crystal Lu Lauren Menzies Andrea Monson Jen Myers Leslie Nanninga Lynn Nguyen Jill Peacock Kavya Rao Triny Rios Kim Shaffer Sneha Somasekar Brooke Spencer Katie Tanaka Lauren Tarantino Kelly Temes Kelsey Thomas Caryn Urbanczyk Madison Webb Kali Webb Kelli Xu Stacey Yates Qiqi Zheng

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HOMETOWN Rancho Cucamonga, CA Chesapeake, VA La Palma, CA Thousand Oaks, CA San Diego, CA Altadena, CA Sacramento, CA Ames, IA Daly City, CA Walnut Creek, CA Anaheim, CA San Rafael, CA Danville, CA Silver Spring, MD San Diego, CA Menlo Park, CA Danville, CA San Marcos, CA Saratoga, CA Palo Alto, CA Cupertino, CA San Jose, CA Redlands, CA San Luis Obispo, CA Brea, CA Lake Forest, CA Torrance, CA Mammoth Lakes, CA La Mesa, CA Milpitas, CA Nevada City, CA Fremont, CA Cathedral City, CA Davis, CA San Carlos, CA Culver City, CA Santa Ana, CA San Carlos, CA Palo Alto, CA Phoenix, AZ Lloyd Harbor, NY Boise, ID Salinas, CA Pleasanton, CA Riverside, CA Santa Clara, CA



Eunice Aquino

Jesi Bennett

Senior Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Rancho Cucamonga HS

Sophomore San Diego, Calif. Academy of our Lady of Peace



AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Earned the team’s Heart and Hustle award. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Novice Captain, helping the team take home the gold at the Row for the Cure event as well as first place in the Berg Cup. Bennett’s boat also placed third at the San Diego Fall Classic and second at the San Diego City Championships.

PERSONAL: Parents are Conrado and Necy Aquino... has a sister named Marshall College, majors in Pharmacological Chemistry and minors in General Biology... enjoys badminton, bunnies, dodgeball, paintball, playing the piano and spending time with family and friends... academic goal is to go to graduate school.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Academy of our Lady of Peace in San Diego, Calif... Rowed for four years at the ZLAC Rowing Club...Voted Most-Valuable Oars Woman during her junior and senior years...Member of lightweight four boat her senior year that placed second at the Southwest Regional Championship and finished ninth at Junior Nationals. PERSONAL: Majoring in Anthropology at the Marshall College.

Summer Austin

Jaime Bigwood

Sophomore La Palma, Calif. John F. Kennedy HS

Sophomore Sacramento, Calif. Bella Vista HS

POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Port, starboard. AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Member of the team’s top novice boat that won the Berg Cup and made the finals at WIRA Championships... ranked No. 13 on UCSD’s all-time Novice 5000m Ergometer records.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Rowed in novice eight boat that made it to the finals at the WIRA Championships. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Calif... Member of the swimming and water polo teams.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, Calif... competed at the varsity level and captained both the swimming and water polo teams...was named first-team all league for her water polo play.

PERSONAL: Parents are John and Joey Bigwood... Majors in Sociology at Warren College...rowing goal is to go to nationals.... interests include anything bright, shiny and fun.

PERSONAL: Parents are Diane and Tom Bates... a double major in Art History and History at the Marshall College... interests include family, friends, rowing, hippos, the outdoors, reading, surfing, pets and laughing... crew goal is to make nationals and academic goals are to graduate, go to graduate school and earn a PhD.



Stephanie Chang

Wanda Chin

Junior Ames, Iowa Ames HS

Sophomore Walnut Creek, Calif. Las Lomas HS


POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Port, starboard.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Given team’s Coxswain of the Year award...coxed the 2007 NCAA DII National Runner up Varsity Four.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Calif... competed at the varsity level on the cross country and track and field teams.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa... lettered in cross country and academics... served as Speech Club President and Chair for the Ames Mayor’s Youth Committee.

PERSONAL: Parents are John and Lily Chin... has a younger brother named Justin... a double major in Microbiology and Linguistics at the Revelle College... interests include family, friends, reading and watching movies.

PERSONAL: Parents are Morris and Jenny Chang... has a younger sister named Melanie... an Economics major... career goals including earning a PhD in Economics, an MBA, becoming an entrepreneur, and writing a book... enjoys Iowa, penguins, the smooth jazz of Kenny G and competitions to the death.

Laurel Copenbarger

Sophomore Anaheim, Calif. Orange Lutheran HS

Suzanne Chang

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Rowed in the novice eight boat that made it to the finals at the WIRA Championships.

Sophomore Daly City, Calif. Westmoor HS

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Orange Lutheran High School in Anaheim, Calif... named Most Inspirational Player on her varsity soccer team... given Keys to Success Award for academic accomplishments.

POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Port, starboard.

PERSONAL: Goal is to make an impact on her team, such that her teammates are not only living their lives to the fullest, but they will also stand on the podium at nationals... interests are traveling, learning, connecting, impacting, loving, baking, spending time with friends, watching Finding Nemo and snorkeling.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Novice rower... ranked No. 20 on UCSD’s all-time Novice 5000m Ergometer records. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westmoor High School in Daly City, Calif... competed at the varsity level on the cross country and track and field teams...was a service commissioner. PERSONAL: Parents are Tommy and Shelley Chang... has two sisters, Samantha and Mimi... a Human Biology major at the Marshall College... interests include crew, running, swiss ball soccer and Scrabble... plans on going to graduate school.



Sara Gosling

Maureen Kantner

Senior Ann Arbor, Mich.

Senior Pacifica, Calif. St. Ignatius Prep


AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Abroad and did not compete.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Member of the 2007 NCAA National Runner Up Team... Named a Coca Cola Community AllAmerican Scholar Athlete... Earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete honors.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Rowed in silver medalist varsity four at San Diego City Championships... at the PCRC’s she rowed in the gold medal open eight and bronze medal pair. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, Calif.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Earned the 2006 Most Improved Award after transferring following survival of Hurricane Katrina... started a non-profit organization... academically, never earned a grade lower than a B.

PERSONAL: Parents are Jeffrey Kantner and Susan Stallard... Majoring in Political Science - International Relations while getting a minor in International Studies at Revelle College... has two older siblings, Colleen and Kevin.

PERSONAL: From Ann Arbor, Michigan... parents are John Gosling and Joanne Prakapas... has two siblings named Johnny and Emily... has three pets: Calvin, Beau, and Francis... a double major in Sociology and Critical Gender Studies at Muir College... aspires to attend Law School... enjoys running, managing her non-profit organization and spending time with her dog.

Alissa Kispersky

Kelly Hansen

Junior Saratoga, Calif. Archbishop Mitty HS POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Starboard.

Junior Menlo Park, Calif. Menlo-Atherton HS

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Helped the Varsity Four boat to a second place finish at the National Championships.

AT UC SAN DIEGO: Received Provost’s Honors at UC San Diego... Was a reserve at National Championships... Raced top Ivy League schools in the reserves race... Selected as 2007 CRCA National Scholar Athlete.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005-2006: Competed in the 3 seat of the Varsity 8 boat... helped team to a 5th place finish at the 2006 NCAA National Championships and the silver medal at the 2006 WIRA Novice 8... ranked fourth on UCSD’s all-time Novice 5000m Ergometer records and No. 10 on the Novice 2000m Ergometer records.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif.

PERSONAL: Parents are Kip and Tess Hansen... has a younger sister named Alison... has two dogs named Penny and Patrick and a cat named Charlie... a double major in Communications and Sociology at Marshall College... crew goal is to get a national championship... enjoys being with family and friends, crew and hanging out with her puppy, Patrick.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Saratoga, Calif... parents are Stephen Kispersky and Claudia Meyer-Kispersky... has two older brothers named Tilman and Vincent... a Mechanical Engineering major in Revelle College... enjoy rock climbing, biking, and hiking in her spare time.




Andrea Lin

Jen Myers

Junior San Jose, Calif. Leland HS

Senior (Co-Captain) Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Mammoth HS POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Starboard.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Coxed novice boats while recovering from foot surgery... Made her rowing debut at the WIRA Championships, winning a medal in the novice lightweight four.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Earned Provost’s Honors... set program records in 2K, 5K and 6K...member of NCAA DII National Runner Up team...positioned at 7-seat for Head of the Charles Regatta, WIRA and PCRC...won Indoor Classic Championship.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Leland High School in San Jose, Calif... lettered in cross country and track and field.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Named Master’s Swimmer of the Week... earned Provost’s Honors...captained the novice team and had an undefeated dual season...named “most inspirational” member of team... ranked first on UCSD’s all-time Novice 5000m Ergometer records and on the Novice 2000m Ergometer records.

PERSONAL: Majoring in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience while getting a minor in Greek Literature... plans to go to veterinary school.. enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, ballroom dancing, singing, surfing and exploring.

Lauren Menzies

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mammoth High in Mammoth Lakes, Calif... a two-time USSA Junior Olympian...captain of Cross Country, Nordic skiing, and soccer teams... a National Honor Society Member, two-time Governor’s Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and commended student.

Junior Lake Forest, Calif. El Toro HS

PERSONAL: Parents are Gary and Karilyn Myers... has one sibling named Jackie... has a yellow Labrador named Roda... a Human Biology major... enjoys swimming, skiing, running, soccer, and hiking... career goal is to become a physical therapist.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Rowed at the 5-seat position through the racing season for the novice eight boat, helping the group to a 1st place finish at Row for the Cure, third place at the San Diego Fall Classic, 1st place at the Berg Cup and 2nd place at San Diego City Championships... captained the novice squad... earned Provost’s honors. AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005-2006: Competed in club water polo. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from El Toro High School in El Toro, Calif... lettered in water polo and swimming... for varsity water polo, named most improved player her junior year and best defensive player during her senior season... helped her water polo team to a league championship in her final year... given a Governor’s Scholar award. PERSONAL: Parents are Michael and Anne Menzies... has a younger brother named Eric... goals are to win the 2008 national championship and eventually graduate... is an Anthropology major... hobbies include swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends, playing with her puppy, playing water polo in the rain and traveling... interests are the beach, snow and musicals.



Leslie Nanninga

Kim Shaffer

Freshman La Mesa, Calif. Grossmont HS

Senior Davis, Calif. Davis Senior HS



HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, Calif... captained her swim team.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Helped the Varsity Four boat to a second place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships... member of the National Runner Up UCSD team... earned Provost’s Honors... given team’s Heart and Hustle award... named a CRCA National Scholar Athlete.

PERSONAL: Parents are Bruce and Carrie Nanninga... has a younger sister named Emily... a Biology major... crew goal is to go to nationals... aspires to swim the English Channel... enjoys ocean swimming, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, pampering her cat, sleeping and playing board games.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Member of 2006 WIRA Novice Eight silver medalist team... helped team to San Diego City Championship gold in Novice 8... recipient of Athletic Scholar Award... ranked No. 10 on UCSD’s all-time lightweight 2000m Ergometer records.

Jill Peacock

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Davis Senior High School in Davis, Calif... member of Davis High swim team that won section championships from 2002-2004. PERSONAL: Parents are Steve and Allison Shaffer... has a younger sibling named Robyn... has three pets, a dog named Penny and cats named Inca and Cori... a Human Biology major at Warren College... enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, traveling, reading and the beach.

Junior Nevada City, Calif. Nevada Union HS POSITION(S) IN BOAT: Starboard. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Member of the varsity four boat that placed second at NCAA Division II national championships and part of UCSD team that was the national runner up.

Sneha Somasekar

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005-2006: Part of the novice eight boat that earned silver at the WIRA and took home gold at the San Diego City Championships. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, Calif... two-year captain of her water polo team... ASB president. PERSONAL: Hometown is Nevada City, Calif... parents are Douglas and Janis Peacock... has two siblings named Erin and Nicholas... climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 17... a Mechanical Engineering major at Revelle College... enjoys surfing, biking, hiking, listening to the smooth jazz of Kenny G and laughing a lot especially at herself.

Freshman Belmont, Calif. Carlmont HS HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carlmont High School in Belmont, Calif. PERSONAL: Parents are Seshagiri and Sugithra Somasekar... aspires to become a lawyer... hobbies include reading, music and watching mafia movies.



Kelsey Thomas

Caryn Urbanczyk

Senior Phoenix, Ariz. Xavier College Prep

Junior Lloyd Harbor, NY Cold Spring Harbor HS AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2006-2007: Stroked the Varsity Four boat that finished second at the NCAA DII national championships... named CRCA National Scholar Athlete... earned the team’s Heart and Hustle award.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Helped varsity eight boat earn gold medal at Berg Cup, gold medal at WIRA and a silver medal at the NCAA Division II National Championships. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Stroked the Novice Eight through an undefeated season, including City Championships... stroked the Varsity Four to a silver at PCRCs and a bronze at 2006 NCAA National Championships and a silver at WIRA.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2005-2006: Silver medalist at the 2006 WIRA Novice 8... won gold in the Novice Eight at City Championships... earned Provost’s honors. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School in Cold Spring Harbor, New York... won two bronze medals and one silver at the NYS Championships... member of the National Honor Society.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Xavier College Prepatory in Phoenix, Arizona... four year member of varsity soccer... captain of 2003-04 high school soccer team... captain of club soccer team from 2001-04... led team to state high school 4A soccer championships in 2002. PERSONAL: Mother is Kris Thomas... has a younger brother named Eric... has two dogs named Karma and Millie... a double major in Biochemistry/Cellular Biology and Psychology... enjoys running, soccer, relaxing and the smooth jazz of Kenny G.

PERSONAL: Parents are Roman and Sharon Urbancyzk... has two younger siblings named Kyle and Katherine... has a dog named The Bear and a cat named Kitty... a Bioengineering major in Sixth College... plans on getting a PhD in bioengineering... enjoys music, coffee, chocolate, sleep, snow and kittens.

Kali Webb

Senior (Co-captain) Salinas, Calif. Notre Dame HS AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Member of the Varsity Eight boat that placed first at Berg Cup, won gold at WIRA and silver at the NCAA Division II National Championships... was a Triton Athletic Council representative. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Member of 4th place team at the 2006 NCAA Championships... competed as 3 seat in Varsity 4 boat, leading to 3rd at the 2006 Nationals. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. PERSONAL: Parents are David and Carla Webb... has a cat named Pickles... a double major in Human Biology and Psychology at the Warren College... interests include the beach, independent and foreign films, penguins and Italy.



NAME Andre, Ryan Armando, Ryan Barrett, Cort Cole, Ben Collett, Jeff Collins, Gilbert Don-Doncow, Nicholas Gordon, Justin Grey, Kris Hallisy, Dan Halpern, Ben Hay, Shawn Hearns, Zachary Helms, Elliot Hsu, Justin Huffman, Derek Kaster, Brodie Kuo, Shawn Lai, Chris Lund, Richard Lynch, Jonathan Matson, Erik McClanahan, Taylor McLeod, Andrew Melikian, Mark Morgan, Jay Dee Newham, Troy Ngo, Dan Payne, David Powers, Tim Rayasam, Aditya Rubino, Anthony Segal, David Seibert, Jonathan Shiosaki, Dominic Sullivan, Michael Sutterley, Tyler Sybrowsky, Dallas Taylor, Nathaniel Vigil, Arthur Wilkinson, Miles Winter, Nerel Biltucci, Cameran Chiu, Daniella Cusing, Rachel Garrett, Vanessa Spaulding, Kiki Tharayil, Shanti

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HOMETOWN New Canaan, CT San Carlos, CA Bakersfield, CA Manteca, CA Costa Mesa, CA Livermore, CA San Francisco, CA Mill Valley, CA Selma, CA San Francisco, CA Martinez, CA Tustin, CA Spring Valley, CA Elk Grove, CA Fremont, CA San Diego, CA Ramona, CA El Sobrante, CA Los Altos, CA Costa Mesa, CA Los Gatos, CA Brentwood, CA Costa Mesa, CA Santa Rosa, CA Fountain Valley, CA Long Beach, CA Hazlehurst, GA Milpitas, CA Grass Valley, CA South Lake Tahoe, CA Cerritos, CA San Diego, CA La Crescenta, CA Moorpark, CA Madison, AL Chandler, AZ Turlock, CA Murrieta, CA Burbank, CA Mission Viejo, CA San Francisco, CA Carlsbad, CA Poway, CA Hong Kong, HK San Francisco, CA San Diego, CA Oak Hills, CA Burlingame, CA



Ryan Andre

Gilbert Collins

Senior New Canaan, Conn. New Canaan HS

Senior Livermore, Calif. Livermore HS

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Member of the varsity eight boat that placed third at WIRA... helped his squad to a first place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Rowed to 3rd place in the WIRA with the varsity eight boat... helped the team win the Cal Cup San Diego Crew Classic for the first time in program history.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Earned the team’s individual novice award.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Took 2nd place at WIRA with the varsity 8 boat.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn.... lettered in tennis and wrestling... part of New Canaan’s competitive junior rowing program in which he helped the team to a win at nationals in the four-person boat... given the team’s Pettee Award as the most outstanding athlete.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004-2005: Helped the novice 8 boat to second place in the WIRA.

PERSONAL: Parents are James Andre and Betsi Krivo... has two siblings: Suzanne and Chase... a History major and Political Science minor at Muir College... interests include being in front... plans on going to graduate school.

PERSONAL: Parents are Gilbert ‘Rip’ III and Becky Collins... has two siblings: Alexander and Natasha... a Biophysics major from Muir College... career goals include design and production in the biotech industry... enjoys photography, video editing, construction, and long naps after practice.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Livermore High School in Livermore, CA... lettered in cross country and track.

Jeff Collett

Shawn Hay

Senior Costa Mesa, Calif. Costa Mesa HS

Senior Tustin, Calif. Tustin HS

AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE: Part of the OCC squad that won the WIRA and ECAC championships in 2007.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Rowed to 3rd place in the WIRA with the varsity eight boat... helped the team win the Cal Cup San Diego Crew Classic for the first time in program history.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Costa Mesa High School in Costa Mesa, Calif.... played on the water polo, swimming, volleyball and soccer teams.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Tustin High School in Tustin, Calif.... played baseball.

PERSONAL: Parents are Matt and Nancy Collett... has two older siblings: John and Julie... previously attended Orange Coast College... a Communications major from Warren College.

PERSONAL: Parents are Scott and Linda Hay... has a sister named Allison... a Mechanical Engineering major from Marshall College... hobbies include playing baseball and snowboarding... aspires to work in project management at Disneyland.



Derek Huffman

Jonathan Lynch

Senior San Diego, Calif. Fountain Valley HS

Junior Los Gatos, Calif. Los Gatos HS AT UC SAN DIEGO: As a novice his freshman year, his boat got second place at ECAC national championships in a 24-boat field... it was the first boat in UCSD crew history to earn a medal at a national regetta.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Member of the varsity eight boat that placed third at WIRA... helped his squad to a first place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fountain Valley HS in Fountain Valley, Calif., where he ran on the cross country team and played basketball... cross country team won the Sunset League title in his sophomore year and the Golden West League Championship in his first year.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, Calif... was a member of the Los Gatos Rowing Club... played on the football team and earned all-league defensive tackle honors during his freshman and sophomore seasons... won the Adam Brown and Charlie Wedemyer awards... in crew, won the 2004 Head of Lake in the varsity eight boat... Key Club President, Friday Night Live President and a Mathlete.

PERSONAL: Parents are James and Darlene Huffman... father is a graduate of Long Beach State while his mother is an Orange Coast College graduate... has two brothers named Roger and Brian... a Psychology major in Marshall College... hobbies include playing the guitar, listening to music, playing basketball and surfing.

Jay Dee Morgan

Richard Lund

Sophomore Long Beach, Calif. Milikan HS

Junior Costa Mesa, Calif. Pinecrest HS

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-2007: Named the novice team’s most valuable player... took first place at the San Diego Indoor Classic... part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif... lettered in baseball and crew... in rowing, took home five gold medals in 2006 at the Long Beach Regatta in various boats... in baseball, his freshman-year team won the league championship as he was named the squad’s most valuable player.

AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE: Part of the OCC squad that won the WIRA and ECAC championships in 2007... named as the team’s most improved rower in the novice boat for 2006. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C.... member of the NC Highland Regiment.

PERSONAL: Parents are Robert and Maria Morgan... has three siblings: Rhett, Ryann and Nathan... an Economics major from Marshall College... interests include playing guitar, reading and the ocean.

PERSONAL: Father is Rick Lund... has an older brother named Michael... attended the Orange Coast College from Aug. 2004 to May 2007... an Economics major from Roosevelt College... hobbies include auto racing, computers and linedancing... aspires to enter the investment banking and venture capitalism fields.



David Payne

Tyler Sutterley

Senior Grass Valley, Calif. Bear River HS

Senior Turlock, Calif. Turlock HS

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bear River HS in Grass Valley, Calif.... lettered in cross country, track and volleyball. PERSONAL: Parents are John and Alison Payne... has a brother named Carl... a Chemical Education major and Film minor at Muir College.... hobbies include writing, reading, adventures and having as much fun as possible in everything he does... aspires to teach english in Italy, become a playwright, work with film company acquisitions and also be a high school science teacher.

Anthony Rubino

Senior San Diego, Calif. Mt. Carmel HS HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, Calif... played on the football team. PERSONAL: Parents are Steven Rubino and Margaret McCormick... has two sisters named Stephanie and Breanne... a Political Science major in Marshall College... hobbies include camping, rock climbing, swimming, programming and cycling.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-2007: Rowed to 3rd place in the WIRA with the varsity eight boat... helped the team win the Cal Cup San Diego Crew Classic for the first time in program history. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-2006: Member of the varsity 8+ boat that finished second at WIRA. AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004-2005: Helped the novice “A” 8+ boat to a second place finish at WIRA and the Grand Final at ECAC. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Turlock HS where he was a member of the water polo team and the swimming team... in water polo recorded 156 steals in one year... shared a conference championship and the water polo team finished fourth in the section. PERSONAL: Parents are Bret and Sheri Sutterley... has two siblings named Kyle and Lyndsay... Kyle played on the UCSD water polo team in 2005-2006... his uncle, Bill Garton, was a member of the swimming and water polo teams at the University of the Pacific... a Mechanical Engineering major in Warren College... enjoys kayaking, fishing, water polo, ocean swimming, and cycling.


Vanessa Garrett

Shanti Tharayil

Sophomore Poway, Calif. Poway HS

Junior San Diego, Calif. Point Loma HS

Senior Burlingame, Calif. St. Ignatius Prep

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Poway High School in Poway, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Point Loma HS in San Diego, CA.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Ignatius College Prep School in San Fransisco, Calif.

PERSONAL: Parents are Mike and Robin Biltucci... has a sister named Casey... a Communications major.

PERSONAL: Parents are Chris and Cindy Garrett... has two siblings: Stephanie and Jacob... a History major.

PERSONAL: Parents are Alex and Regina Tharayil... has a sibling named Mithu... a Political Science major and Sociology minor.



Head of the Charles Regatta

UC San Diego Regatta

Berg Cup Invitational

October 26, 2006 • Boston, Massachusetts

March 9, 2007 • San Diego, California

March 24, 2007 • Newport Harbor, California

The UC San Diego women’s crew made its fall 2006 debut at one of the largest regattas in the world, finishing 24th of 58 crews in the Collegiate Eights at Boston’s prestigious Head of the Charles. The Tritons were the first D-II crew to finish, preceded by mostly D-I and foreign crews. “This is an outstanding performance for us,” head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. “This race is the fall long distance race for crews from all over the world. They begin training for it in August, and it caps off their fall racing season. We start in late September, and it is our first fall race; so it’s a tough regatta to do well in. Our goal was to finish in the top half of the field, within 10 percent of the winning time; which was a challenging goal. We have a young team, and while half of them have competed in the NCAA National Championships - a 2000 meter race - only four have competed in large long distance competitions. “This race is particularly challenging, requiring the crews to negotiate seven bridges on a narrow river, while passing or being passed, hopefully not while going through the narrow arches.” Rookie coxswain Leslie Sjobom had the challenging task of steering her crew from starting position No. 46 (of 58) through the field and the bridges to the 24th finishing position, using a rudder the size of a credit card on her 60-foot craft. “It was pretty crazy,” Sjobom said, “but we walked the course before racing and worked out the best points to steer for, and I asked the crew for more power when it looked like we needed to pass. I gave them the choice, pick it up now or row an extra 30 strokes, and they always found more to pass the crews.” Monica Switick, a senior in her final season who set the pace from stroke seat, said, “It was an incredible race. There are thousands of people along the shore and the bridges, and 58 eights, bow to stern, stretch out over half a mile. With all of them going full speed, it can be mayhem.” Switick led Junior Jen Meyers (7-seat), Anna Simeon (6), Alissa Kispersky (5), Kali Webb (4), Meggie Hatlen (3), Kelsey Thomas (2), and bow Megan Hagquist. The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest twoday rowing event, drawing more than 7,500 athletes from around the world to compete in 26 different race events. The Regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend. “Head” races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long. Boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately 15 seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of “Head of the River” or, in this case, “Head Of The Charles.”

The UC San Diego women’s rowing team swept into the 2007 season by winning three of four races in the UCSD Regatta held on Mission Bay. The Tritons won the prestigious varsity eight and varsity four races in their season debut, and the incoming freshman class won their debut Triton race by winning the novice eight in the three-way regatta with UC Irvine and Long Beach State. The varsity eight began the day by taking an early lead in the 2000 meter race, exploding off the start, and steadily increasing the lead over Long Beach State and UC Irvine. Rating at 30 strokes a minute to the Anteaters’ 32 and LBSU’s 33 strokes a minute, the Tritons continued to increase their lead, winning by over three lengths open water over Long Beach, with a further three lengths back to Irvine. The second varsity eight raced in the varsity eight competition, as Long Beach and Irvine were unable to field a crew in that event. “We’ve been training at a 30, and we could have taken the rating up,” said Monica Switick, stroke and co-captain, “but we were moving well, and controlling the race, so we focused on working together and catching the water strongly. It’s early in the season, and it’s good to know we have the speed, even at the lower ratings.” Last year, Long Beach held UC San Diego off for a 1.5 second victory in the annual regatta and in the Berg Cup in Newport. This is the first time in over eight years that the Tritons have beaten both UCI and LBSU in one season. This year’s varsity includes eight returning athletes from last year’s 5th place NCAA Championship team, and is joined by members of the undefeated 2006 novice crew. Rookie Stephanie Chang coxed the winning varsity eight, which was stroked by senior Switick, along with Jen Myers (7-seat), Leah Llach (6-seat), Anna Simeon (5-seat), Kali Webb (4-seat), Kim Shaffer (3-seat), Kelsey Thomas (2-seat) and Megan Hagquist (bow-seat). Coxswain Leslie Sjobom coxed the second varsity eight, with rookie stroke Caryn Urbanczyk setting the pace for Meggie Hatlen (7-seat), Sarah Gosling (6-seat), Jill Peacock (5seat), Katie Harris (4-seat), Kelly Hansen (3-seat), Isabel Cole (2-seat), and Lisa Geary (Bow). The varsity doubled up into fours, with the lightweight crew of Thomas, Shaffer, Harris and Hagquist, coxed by Sjobom winning the race despite an early collision with UCI. “We had a great race in the eight,” Hagquist said, “but we felt like we attacked this race. It felt really, really good.” The Triton lightweights, who all weigh under 130 pounds, held their rating to a 29, until picking it up to 36 for the final sprint. UC Irvine came down at a rating of 32, battling with the Triton open varsity four of Urbanczyk, Hatlen, Gosling and Peacock, coxed by Chang. “We were with Irvine until the turn,” Urbanczyk said. “They took a length on us, and held on to it. It was the first time we were able to row this lineup, and it felt strong and collected. We are looking forward to seeing them again in a few weeks when our training rating comes up.” “We are aiming for the NCAA National Championships,” said head coach Pattie Pinkerton, in explaining why her crew is racing at a lower rating. “It means our season could last another two to three weeks, and we have to plan our speed work to get the optimum speed when we need it. It’s gratifying to know that our crews can be competitive at the lower rating. The plan is to add speed when we up the rating to our normal racing cadence of 34.” The regatta saw the introduction of the Triton novices, racing in their first collegiate rowing season. The novice eight continued coach Liz Record’s unbeaten dual regatta record, taking an early lead and opening up to a decisive open water lead, despite a late charge by Long Beach and Irvine, who both took the rating up to 37 against UCSD’s 33 strokes a minute. Andrea Chin coxed the winning Triton crew, which was stroked by top recruits Jesi Bennett and Isabel Cole at the 8 and 7 seat, Susanne Chang at 6, Stacey Correia (5), Lauren Menzies (4), Jessica Mendez (3), Summer Austin (2), and Laurel Copenbarger (bow). Copenbarger and Mendez doubled with Eunice Aquino and Jaime Bigwood in the novice four, coxed by Sam Lee. Jen Le coxed the lightweights in the novice four, with stroke Wanda Chin, 3-seat Lindsay Miller, 2-seat Elisa Shiosaki, and bow Allison Tritch.

The UCSD’s women’s crew broke into the record books, winning the prestigious Berg Cup’s Varsity Eight for the first time, setting a school record of 6:47.1 for the 2000m course. The Tritons novice eight also continued their unbeaten winning streak. The nationally ranked varsity won the Berg Cup in the record time of 6:47.1, beating UC Irvine and cross town rival University of San Diego by two lengths open water, both of whom dead-heated for second place with a time of 6:53.3. Host Orange Coast College finished 4th with a time of 6:59.0, and Chapman College came 5th at 7:07.7. This is the first time the Tritons have won the 16-year-old regatta, defeating the three-year defending champions, USD. “This is a great moment for the program,” head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. “The team has set some aggressive national goals, and they handled today’s regatta with poise and determination. We’ve just come off a layoff due to winter finals, and they were able to bring it together. We have great respect for the other programs, and it was outstanding racing today.” Junior Leslie Sjobom coxed the varsity crew of Monica Switick at stroke, Jen Myers at 7-seat, Leah Llach at 6-seat, Anna Simeon at 5, Kali Webb at 4, Kim Shaffer at 3, Kelsey Thomas at 2, and Megan Hagquist at bow. The crew came off the start rating 41 strokes a minute with a slight lead on Irvine and USD, then inched it out, rating at 31-32 strokes a minute compared to their opponents 33-34 strokes a minute. Irvine made a determined push at 1100 meters to within a boat length, but the Tritons settled in, maintained their rating and built the lead back up to an open water lead. University of San Diego had a very strong sprint finish, closing over a length on Irvine, but were unable to close the gap on the Tritons. The novice eight continued assistant coach Liz Record’s two-year unbeaten streak, overcoming faulty equipment to row through a seven boat field to win. “Our cox box sound system failed after 10 strokes,” freshman Laurel Copenbarger said. “We lost our focus a little, but quickly regained it. By that time, we’d lost a length, but we came back through the field, catching the leaders by the 1000 meter mark.” The Tritons and UCI changed lead several times, but the Tritons held on for a narrow victory over the Anteaters, finishing with a time of 7:10.5 to Irvine’s time of 7:11.3. Coxswain Sam Lee got the traditional toss into the water for coxing her crew to victory; led by stroke Jesi Bennett, 7-seat Isabel Cole, 6-seat Stacey Correia, 5-seat Lauren Menzies, 4-seat Susanne Chang, 3-seat Summer Austin, 2-seat Copenbarger, and bow seat Allison Tritch. The second varsity eight finished third in a race that was won by LBSU’s varsity lightweight eight in a time of 7:03.6. USD finished second in a time of 7:15.3, 10 seconds ahead of the Tritons. Chapman College finished 4th in a time of 7:49.8.

San Diego Fall Classic November 4, 2006 • San Diego, California The UCSD women’s rowing team had a successful finale to their fall rowing season, finishing 1-2 in the Open Women’s Eight of the San Diego Fall Classic. The Triton first varsity eight boat passed UC Irvine a third of the way into the five kilometer course and then moved past Rio Salado (AZ) and Los Angeles Rowing Club to win its category. Stroked by Kelsey Thomas, and coxed by Stephanie Chang, Jen Meyers sat at 7, Anna Simeon at 6, Alissa Kispersky at 5, Becca Filbrandt at 4, Kim Shaffer at 3, Monica Switick at 2, and Megan Hagquist at bow. The second eight also had an outstanding race, finishing in second place, less than 30 seconds off the first eight. The novice team also had an outstanding day, finishing in a tie for third, with Division I San Diego State in first and Orange Coast College in second. The Triton novices were forced to stop midway to avoid a collision while passing University of San Diego, but still managed a 3rd place finish. “We are still developing our team and lineups, so I’m really pleased with the results,” head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. “We need two strong varsity boats to earn a Nationals bid in the spring, and the results show we are well on our way. I’m also excited about the finish of the novice squad. Their results were outstanding, and when you factor in our late start - we begin nearly a month after the other crews - their results are awesome.”



Northwest Collegiate Rowing Invite

San Diego City Championships

March 30, 2007 • Vancouver, Washington

April 18, 2007 • San Diego, California

The Triton women’s varsity battled equipment malfunctions and weather to post a strong finish against two-time defending National Champion Western Washington University in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Invitational. The Triton varsity held on to Western Washington for the first 1500 meters of the 2000m race, underrating the defending Champs by one to two strokes a minute. It is the first time that the UCSD women have held on to WWU, overlapping for most of the race. The two crews came off the line together, and Western took a move 500 meters into the race. The Tritons countered, moving back, and WWU responded. “We took a move and came back at them, and then they took a move,” coxswain Stephanie Chang said. “We attacked throughout the race, but they moved a little bit out on us each time. They took it up at 500 meters to go, and we stuck with them for part of it, but then they moved out to a length lead, finishing six seconds ahead of us.” Last year, the Tritons finished 29 seconds behind WWU in a vicious headwind, and 13 seconds behind them at the national championships. Chang coxed stroke Monica Switick, 7-seat Jen Myers, 6-seat leah Llach, 5-seat Anna Simeon, 4seat Kali Webb, 3- seat Meggie Hatlen, 2-seat KelseyThomas and bow Megan Hagquist. Humboldt State finished 14 seconds further back, with Seattle Pacific another 5 seconds back. “We wanted to match them, rating for rating,” head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. “The theory is, the boat moves faster at a higher rating, as long as you can get the blade in the water before the drive. We think we are ready for the higher rating, but we haven’t really started our speed work. The Western coach tells me this is a faster crew than last year’s national champions, so I’m pretty excited that we were able to go with them, even at a lower rating, this early in the season. I feel this is one of the strongest crews I’ve coached at UC San Diego, so we are really looking forward to our next matchup.” Pinkerton made some adjustments to the length of the oars for the open eight, where they would race and face the Vikings again, along with Gonzaga University. “We were looking to see if changing the length of the oars would make a difference in the rating, but it wasn’t to be,” Pinkerton said. During the warm-up, the rigger broke on the borrowed shell, and there were no replacements. Regatta officials postponed the race, and Gonzaga University lent UC San Diego one of their rowing shells, but further problems developed. “It was generous of Gonzaga, and we appreciated the opportunity to race, but the speaker system cut in and out during the race, so sometimes the crew could hear the coxswain calling moves, and sometimes they couldn’t,” Pinkerton said. “The crew rowed a outstanding race, especially as a second race, but we would have preferred rowing in our boat.” In another D-II qualifying race, the varsity four finished 3rd, with Western Washington winning in a time fo 8:11.3, Humboldt State outsprinting UCSD for second with a time of 8:19.0, and the Tritons at 8:22.4. Leslie Sjobom coxed the crew, with Caryn Urbanzcyk stroking, Kim Shaffer at 3, Sarah Gosling at 2 and Jill Peacock at bow seat. The four also raced in the Junior Varsity Eight, along with Katie Harris, Alissa Kispersky, Kelly Hansen and Lisa Geary. The crew finished 4th in their final, two lengths up on Western Washington’s JV eight. The lightweight four leapt out of the open eight to race down and compete in the four event, finishing second behind Long Beach State, who did not double in their events. In other action Urbanzcyk and Kispersky doubled into the pair oared race to finished third in a six boat race.

The UC San Diego women’s rowing team had successful races at the San Diego City Championships. The Triton women posted strong times as they work toward peaking for the NCAA Championships. UCSD’s varsity eight led San Diego State for the first 17,000 meters, while hitting the 34 rating that it wanted. UCSD led SDSU by 2.5 seats, before coming in second. The women’s team’s JV eight finished third with a positive showing. The novice eight also had a solid row, getting stronger with every race. The lightweight four defeated USD, while the novice lightweight went stroke-to-stroke with USD. In the varsity four race, UCSD performed well, using members from its eight boats. A good tune-up for the NCAAs. In the women’s varsity eight was Leslie Sjobom, Monica Switick, Jen Myers, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kali Webb, Kim Shaffer, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Hagquist.

UCSD vs. Chapman University April 21, 2007 • San Diego, California The UC San Diego women’s crew finished its regular season at home today with wins in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight over the Chapman University Panthers. In near perfect conditions, the second varsity began the day with a victory. Chapman came off the start a little ahead of the Tritons, but UCSD pulled even, and midway through the race began pushing out, eventually gaining a five-length lead over Chapman. Sophomore Stephanie Chang coxed the crew, stroked by Caryn Urbanzcyk, with Kim Shaffer at 7, Sarah Gosling at 6, Alissa Kispersky at 5, Katie Harris at 4, Jill Peacock at 3, Kelly Hansen at 2, and Lisa Geary at bow seat. In the next race, the Triton varsity continued their dual meet winning streak. They came off the start even with Chapman, but powered away, steadily increasing their lead through the middle 1000 meters. The Tritons then nailed the final sprint home, hitting 40 strokes a minute, finding the step up they’ve been looking for in recent regattas. They finished 24 seconds up on the Chapman varsity. Leslie Sjobom coxed the crew stroked by Monica Switick, with Jen Myers at 7, Leah Llach at 6, Anna Simeon at 5, Kali Webb at 4, Meggie Hatlen at 3, Kelsey Thomas at 2, and Megan Hagquist at bow. The novice eight also continued their dual regatta winning streak, overcoming illness and injury to pull off a 33-second victory over Chapman. Jesi Bennett stroked the crew, with Isabel Cole at 7, Susanne Chang at 6, Lauren Menzies at 5, Laurel Copenbarger at 4, Summer Austin at 3, Jaime Bigwood at 2, and Jessica Mendez at bow. Sam Lee coxed the crew. Athletes from the three eights doubled in the lightweight eight in preparation for next week’s conference championships. Chapman once again took the start, but the lightweights were moving through when their speaker system dropped out with 500 meters to go. “It’s a critical part of the race, and our coxswain calls up the sprint,” said stroke Kelsey Thomas, “timing is everything, and we didn’t get it quite right. We are looking forward to the rematch next week.” Chapman held off the charge and moved out to a one-length margin at the finish line. In the novice four, a strong Chapman crew led from start to finish over the Tritons. The Senior Day regatta recognized the final home appearance of seniors Switick, Llach, Harris, Hatlen and Hagquist. Llach, Hatlen and Hagquist are four year varsity rowers, with Switick three years and Harris two years wearing the blue and gold.


Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 29, 2007 • Sacramento, California

The UC San Diego women’s varsity eight romped home to win the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships Div II/III/Club Eight race. The Tritons had a solid start, and continued to push out, increasing their lead to two lengths open water by the 1000 meter mark, and continued to press to a five length lead by the 2000m finish, leaving Long Beach State and Seattle Pacific to battle for second place, with LBSU easing out to a half length lead over SPU for second and third. Pacific Lutheran finished fourth, with Orange Coast College, Arizona State and Sonoma State finishing out the minor placings in the Grand Final. According to long-time coach Jack Vallerga, it’s the first time the Triton women have won the prestigious varsity eight event at the WIRA Championships. “We’ve won silver medals, and we won the second novice eight a few years back, but this is the first time we’ve won gold in a varsity eight event,” Vallerga said. “It was one of those moments today, watching them lead a classy field by open water.” Vallerga has been with the women’s program since its first strokes in 1976. It was the final WIRA appearance for senior Switick, along with four year varsity rowers Leah Llach, Meggie Hatlen and Megan Hagquist. They were joined in their ground-breaking row by coxswain Leslie Sjobom, 7-seat Jen Myers, 5-seat Anna Simeon, 4-seat Kali Webb, and 2-seat Kelsey Thomas. Llach and Hagquist were also named to the All-WIRA Second team, two of 16 women selected to the First and Second All-WIRA Team from the 935 women competing. Hagquist tripled on the weekend, along with Thomas, winning bronze medals in the varsity lightweight eight and the lightweight varsity four. The lightweight eight final was held Saturday afternoon, and the eight finished behind Loyola Marymount and LBSU. The light four was held early Sunday morning, and the Tritons came out with LMU and LBSU, but Loyola proved too strong, pulling out to a two-boat lead, with Long Beach State and UCSD overlapping for second and third. Steph Chang coxed the crew, with Thomas stroking, Hagquist at 3-seat, Katie Harris at 2-seat, and Kim Shaffer at bow. It was also Harris’s senior appearance at WIRA. Chang and the four powered the stern end of the lightweight eight, joined by novices Allison Tritch, Jesi Bennett, Suzanne Chang, and rookie Lisa Geary. Tritch also earned a bronze medal in the novice lightweight four, coxed by Jen Le, with teammates Wanda Chin, Elissa Shiosaki and Lindsay Miller. The Tritons also qualified for the Grand Finals in the varsity four, the novice eight, and in the Petite Final in the second varsity eight, novice four and the varsity pair. The varsity four showed extraordinary determination to qualify for the Grand Final, beating out LMU, University of Colorado, Santa Clara and Sonoma State. They finished 6th out of 18, with St. Mary’s taking the title, followed by USD, Orange Coast College, Sacramento State and Willamette. Chang coxed the varsity four, which was stroked by Caryn Urbanczyk, with Kim Shaffer at 3-seat, Sarah Gosling at 2, and Jill Peacock at bow. The four also doubled in the second varsity eight, joined by Harris, Alissa Kispersky, Kelly Hansen and Lisa Geary. The Varsity will now prepare for the Pacific Coast Championships in two weeks, where they will face defending champs Western Washington in their quest for a third consecutive bid to the NCAA Nationals. The PCRCs are the Western Region qualifier for the D-II National Championships. Teams will be selected based on the performance of the varsity eight and the varsity four within their region. WWU is currently ranked No. 1 nationally and in the West region, with UCSD ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 2 within the region.


Pacific Coast Rowing Championships

NCAA Championship Selection

May 13, 2007 • Sacramento, California

May 15, 2007 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Posting its strongest finish in over a decade, the UC San Diego women’s crew finished its regular season with a medal fest, finishing on the podium in all six events at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, with 18 athletes doubling up and bringing home 31 medals. The PCRCs serve as a regional qualifying regatta for the NCAA National Championships, based on the performance of the varsity eight and varsity four. The varsity eight faced defending national champions Western Washington University in both events, along with D-II challengers Seattle Pacific and Humboldt State. In the eights race, the Tritons had a shaky start, giving several sets away to the field. It took the first 500 meters for UCSD to pull even with Seattle Pacific and Humboldt, and while they held on to Western Washington, the Vikings countered every move by the Tritons, inching away with every push. Western edged out to a full length lead over the Tritons, while both crews moved away from the rest of the field. In the end, Western held on for a nine-second lead over the Tritons, while Seattle Pacific was a further 14 seconds back, with HSU seven seconds from SPU. Hoping to earn a third consecutive NCAA bid, the Triton lineup was coxed by Leslie Sjobom, with senior and co-captain Monica Switick stroking, Jen Myers at 7-seat, senior and co-captain Leah Llach in her final regular season appearance as a Triton at the 6-seat, Anna Simeon at 5, Kali Webb at 4, senior Meggie Hatlen at 3-seat, Kelsey Thomas at 2, and senior Megan Hagquist at bow seat. The varsity four delivered the goods for a potential team bid by challenging the Western Washington squad, and finishing within two lengths of the Vikings, well ahead of 3rd place Humboldt State, who were over 18 seconds back from 1st and 2nd. Stephanie Chang coxed the rookie crew of stroke Caryn Urbanczyk, 3-seat Kim Shaffer, 2-seat Jill Peacock, and bow seat Alissa Kispersky. The entire boat is in their first varsity year, rowing strong against the national champions. Sarah Gosling and Kelly Hansen combined to win silver in the open pair, well back from host Sacramento State, but with a commanding lead over 3rd place University of Oregon and Sonoma State. In another small boat category, Simeon stepped out of the eight into a single scull, and won a bronze medal in the Collegiate Single. On the water at the same time, Coach Liz Record won the Open Single Scull. Sjobom, Thomas, Shaffer, and Hagquist joined senior Katie Harris to contest the lightweight four. Stanford took an early lead, and the Tritons were again plagued by a shaky start, forcing them to row from behind to catch the Cal Bears and University of Portland. They put together an astonishing sprint to bring them even with Humboldt State, but ran out of course; Humboldt got the nod for the silver behind Stanford, with the Tritons third. In the open eight, Chang coxed Switick, Myers, Llach, Kispersky, Webb, Gosling, Hansen and Lisa Geary held off a late charge by UC Davis to take the bronze medal behind Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State. The Tritons now await the release of bids to the NCAA Nationals to be held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The UC San Diego women’s crew was selected to compete in the 2007 NCAA DII Women’s Rowing Championships. The championships will be held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as the University of Tennessee will be the hosts at the regatta from May 25-27. The team championship is comprised of four teams, and each team is required to field one boat of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. The teams joining the Tritons are Dowling, Nova Southeastern and Western Washington. UCSD’s DII varsity eight is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation. In addition, two at-large eights from institutions not represented in the team competition were selected. The two schools selected were Florida Tech and Seattle Pacific. The 2007 NCAA Rowing Championships begin on Friday, May 25.

NCAA Division II Rowing Championships: Day One May 24, 2007 • Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The UC San Diego women’s crew finished the first day of the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships on Friday morning at the Melton Lake Rowing Venue in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. UCSD’s varsity four won its heat by cruising to a 40-plus seconds win over Dowling. In the varsity four second heat, Western Washington defeated Nova Southeastern by over 20 seconds. The Triton varsity eight boat was in first place after the first 500 meters and was edged by Dowling. Both squads easily defeated Florida Institute of Technology. The Triton varsity four boat qualifies for Sunday’s final, while the varsity eight boat will look to qualify for the grand final with a Repechage on Saturday. The UCSD varsity four of Alissa Kispersky, Jill Peacock, Kim Shaffer, Caryn Urbanczyk and coxswain Stephanie Chang has the fastest time of the day, finishing in 8:17.95. The Tritons held a four-plus seconds lead after the first 500 meters and quickly ran away, leading by 20 seconds after 1000 meters. The Triton varsity eight boat of Megan Hagquist, Kali Webb, Megan Hatlen, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Monica Switick and coxswain Leslie Sjobom was edged by Dowling in their heat. The Tritons had a great start, leading after the first 500 meters. UCSD had to battle the high heat and humidity and still managed a time of 7:03.64, just behind Dowling’s time of 7:00.92. The UCSD varsity eight is back in action on Saturday morning in the Repechage. The winner of the Repechage will qualify for Sunday’s Grand Final. The participating boats in Saturday’s race include UC San Diego, Florida Institute of Technology, Nova Southeastern and Seattle Pacific. The UCSD varsity four has automatically qualified for Sunday’s Grand Final. The Tritons will face Western Washington and the winner of Saturday’s Repechage varsity four.


NCAA Division II Rowing Championships: Day Two May 25, 2007 • Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The UC San Diego women’s varsity eight won Saturday morning’s Repechage and qualified for the Grand Final at the NCAA Rowing Championships at Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Tritons finished with a time of 6:59.11, besting runner-up Nova Southeastern’s time of 7:06.01. The Triton varsity eight boat includes Megan Hagquist, Kali Webb, Megan Hatlen, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Monica Switick and coxswain Leslie Sjobom. The D-II Grand Final will take place on Sunday. UCSD’s varsity four which won its heat on Friday, will also be in action in a Grand Final on Sunday. UCSD’s varsity eight won a close race and held a lead throughout the race. After the first 500 meters, UCSD was in first with a time of 1:40.78, with second place Nova Southeastern at 1:43.15. UCSD would extend its lead after 1000 meters to fourplus seconds and at 1500 meters to nearly eight seconds. The varsity eight will face Dowling and Western Washington in Sunday morning’s final.

NCAA Division II Rowing Championships: Day Three May 26, 2007 • Oak Ridge, Tennessee

With two runner-up Grand Final finishes on Sunday morning, the UC San Diego women’s crew finished as the National No. 2 team, finishing behind Western Washington and completing the most successful season in school history. In the varsity eight, UCSD was in third with 1000 and 500 meters to go, but finished strong to capture second place with a time of 7:09.51, while WWU took first at 7:03.80. The Tritons defeated both Dowling and Nova Southeastern. In the varsity four, UCSD finished runner-up to Western Washington as the Tritons raced to a time of 8:14.71, behind the Vikings boat at 8:08.72. The UCSD varsity eight boat of Megan Hagquist, Kali Webb, Megan Hatlen, Leah Llach, Anna Simeon, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Monica Switick and Coxswain Leslie Sjobom finished in second place, with a stronger showing at the National Championships, from the PCRC’s against WWU on May 12. The varsity four also finished the season on a high note, finishing second to WWU. The boat of Alissa Kispersky, Jill Peacock, Kim Shaffer, Caryn Urbanczyk and Coxswain Stephanie Chang finished six seconds behind WWU and well ahead of third place finisher Nova Southeaster. The Tritons, who reached as high as No. 3 in the nation in the national polls according to, will now finish No. 2 in the nation, with the two runner-up finishes as the NCAA D-II Rowing Championships.


UCSD Names New Head Coach

Newport Rowing Autumn Festival

Four-Team WIRA Regatta

September 13, 2006 • La Jolla, California

November 10, 2006 • Newport, California

March 17, 2007 • Spokane, Washington

UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards announced Thursday that Zach Johnson has been named men’s crew head coach, replacing Mark Davis who coached at UCSD for the last three years. Johnson, who has been an assistant for the past two years, takes over a program that has been dominant in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association placing all boats in the top three at the WIRA championships during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Last season, the Tritons scored enough points at the WIRA championships to win the overall points trophy. “I am excited about this opportunity,” said Johnson. “UCSD men’s crew has a great history of excellence both in the classroom and on the water and I am looking forward to helping that tradition continue.” Johnson came to UCSD from San Diego State, where he has served as the Associated Students-Club Sports/Head Rowing Coach from 1999-2004. He coached, oversaw, and maintained the rowing team of 50 athletes while leading them to their first appearance at Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships for the first time in school history. Entering his 23rd season of competitive rowing and ninth year coaching, Johnson has led the novice teams to finals berths each of the last two years at ECAC National Invitational’s and looks forward to continued success at the Varsity Level. Johnson graduated from San Diego State University, with a bachelor’s degree in History. He was varsity captain and club president for SDSU Crew

UCSD men’s crew finished off the fall season with possibly its most impressive fall victory. For the first time in school history the Tritons won the open eight at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in a field of 27 boats. Finishing in a time of 14:53 UCSD “A” beat out its long time rival UC Davis by only three seconds in another closely contested race between the two teams. These two teams however distanced themselves over the rest of the field with the third place boat of Long Beach State finishing 20 seconds behind. What made the day more complete was the finish of the UCSD “B” boat. Racing in the same race as the “A” the “B” boat placed sixth overall with a time of 15:29 they beat out all but four of the our rivals A boats and finished nearly 20 seconds in front of the next closest B boat. This type of overall team speed at this point in the year bodes well for the spring season and the level of competitiveness within the entire team. Also competing for UCSD was the open 4+ with two freshman. With only one day of practice the team struggled taking 17th place in a field of 23, but felt like they gained valuable racing experience. Although it is nice to finish the fall season undefeated in the varsity eight, the team knows that spring racing is another level and they have to be ready for the challenge. Head coach Zach Johnson believes they will be. In UCSD “A” was Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterly, Shawn Hay, Jared Whittier, Nathan Taylor, Michael Zurko, and Darren VonPlatten with cox Joe Gram. In UCSD “B” was Stephen Edmunds, Jonathan Lynch, Anthony Rubino, Will Stuart, Travis Bass, Jay Dee Morgan, Yo Miyamoto, and Lafe Ball with cox Shanti Tharayil.

The UCSD men’s crew traveled to its first away race of the spring in Spokane, WA. This is a race that is new to the Tritons schedule as the event was a competition between northern and southern universities in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Conference. Gonzaga University played host to not only the Tritons, but to Washington State and Orange Coast College as well. Gonzaga and Orange Coast are usual powerhouses within the WIRA conference so the weekend promised to be competitive from the start. The first race lived up to its billing as the Tritons raced a very fast Gonzaga crew. Unfortunately the Tritons undefeated season came to an end in a highly contested race between the two teams. UCSD had trouble off the starting line and the Zags smartly took advantage opening up to a boat length lead in the first 250 meters. The Tritons charged back narrowing the gap to about 1 seat with a great push at the 1600 meter mark, but didn’t have enough as Gonzaga crossed the line in first place with a time of 5:58.5. Although the Tritons felt as if they had not rowed their best race, they were happy with their close finishing time of 6:00.3, a very fast time for this time of year. Senior Darren Von Platten although disappointed in the loss, said “They are a very fast team and one of our closest competitors for the overall conference title. It was good to meet them early in the season to see what kind of work we still have to do.” The afternoon had UCSD racing the Washington State Cougars in another dual. Trying to improve on the morning the Tritons attempted to put together a more complete race. The Tritons began pulling away by the 400 meter mark. By the halfway point the Tritons comfortably controlled the race and UCSD was able to focus on executing their race plan. The Tritons crossed the line with a winning time of 6:04.5 in front Washington State’s time of 6:28.8. The Tritons were back in action on the following day as Gonzaga hosted a scrimmage between the three teams with Orange Coast and UCSD joining. With such little opportunity to directly race each other the Gonzaga Coach, Dan Gehn, offered to get in some further work between the very competitive crews. The teams went out with the idea of doing three shorter distances of 1500, 1000, and 750 meter pieces. The teams from Gonzaga and UCSD traded places numerous times in the first piece and in a very close race actually ended up in a dead heat. The next two pieces showed both teams quickness as they each won one of the two shorter distances. First-year head coach Zach Johnson was very pleased with the weekend. “Although we would have liked to have won the race with Gonzaga, the weekend overall was a great experience. It was very exciting to see two crews that close together and to get in that type of work at this point in our season was invaluable. We can only hope to keep up this event in the future.” Racing in the UCSD’s varsity eight boat were Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterly, Shawn Hay, Gilbert Collins, Darren Von Platten, Ryan Andre, Michael Zurko, and Coxswain Joe Gram.

San Diego Fall Classic November 4, 2006 • San Diego, California The UC San Diego men’s crew continued its great start to the season this weekend. After taking first and second place last weekend at the San Diego Row for the Cure Regatta, UCSD followed up the victory with another one at the San Diego Fall Classic. Competing against rivals Long Beach State, Arizona State, UC Irvine, University of San Diego and San Diego State, the Tritons placed first and second in the Collegiate eights and had the fastest times of the day. The UCSD “A” boat finished just a mere one second in front of the UCSD “B” boat in the closest race of the day and over 30 seconds in front of its next closest competitor Long Beach State. The University of San Diego, while competing in a different event in the Men’s Open division showed they will be a strong competitor this year as they finished just for seconds back in overall time. Rowing in UCSD “A” was Derek Huffman, Brenden Carriker, Tyler Sutterly, Shawn Hay, Anthony Rubino, Darren VonPlatten, Michael Zurko, and Jon Lynch with Shanti Tharayil coxing. Rowing in UCSD “B” was Stephen Edmunds, Nathan Taylor, Jared Whittier, Will Stuart, Dominic Shiosaki, Jay Dee Morgan, Yo Miyamoto and Lafe Ball with Joe Gram coxing. Also competing for the first time at UCSD was the freshmen four with newcomers Travis Bass, Dan Hallisay, Dane Jensen and Paul Shrogin who beat their competition of Long Beach State and Arizona State by over a minute. With this strong performance the hopes are high that UCSD will have yet another strong Novice team this year.

UC San Diego Regatta March 9, 2007 • San Diego, California UC San Diego crew was host to the annual UC Irvine, Long Beach State, and UCSD regatta. The Tritons began their spring racing season in much the same way it ended the fall, winning all of its events. The day began with the JV eight attaining an impressive victory over a very good UC Irvine team that gave the Tritons a good push for the first 1000 meters. At this point however UCSD was able to start pulling away. In the next 1000 meters the Tritons were able to open up a comfortable lead and crossed the finish line with a victory. The varsity eight followed up its teammates by pulling out in front of its competitors just before the 800 meter mark and had a solid lead by the time they had reached 1500 meters. While the varsity felt strong and were happy to get a victory over two strong teams, varsity captain Brenden Carriker felt that there was still much more speed to be had. “Once we start working into the higher stroke ratings I think we can have a much faster overall time,” he said. UCSD hopes to continue its recent success in the novice categories again this year and got off to a great start once again. Both the novice four and eight events won by open water against solid teams and looked very smooth while keeping a low stroke rating. First year novice coach David Schary was pleased with his team’s first victories. In the varsity eight were Michael Zurko, Ryan Andre, Darren Von Platten, Gilbert Collins, Shawn Hay, Tyler Sutterly, Brenden Carriker, Derek Huffman, and Joe Gram.


San Diego Crew Classic April 1, 2007 • San Diego, California For the first time in program history the UC San Diego men’s varsity eight won the prestigious Cal Cup Trophy at the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing ahead of UCLA, UC Davis, Lehigh, Orange Coast College and the University of Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Mission Bay. The men’s crew varsity eight, which has posted some of the fastest times in program history this season, finished the race in a time of 6:30.60, about 0:00.40 faster than UCLA. Head coach Zach Johnson’s squad, which is receiving votes for the first time in program history in the US Rowing Coaches Association top-20 national poll, raised some eyebrows with their performance on Sunday at the prestigious regatta. The Tritons will have a break from competition next weekend before taking part in the Newport Invite on April 14 and the San Diego City Championships on April 15 at Mission Bay.


San Diego City Championships April 17, 2007 • San Diego, California The UC San Diego men’s rowing team had successful races at the San Diego City Championships, completed on Wednesday morning. UCSD swept all events against SDSU and the University of San Diego. The men’s varsity and JV finished one-two in the varsity eight. The UCSD men’s crew now heads to the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships on Apr. 28-29 at Lake Natoma. The UCSD novice boats finished first and second in the novice eight. The UCSD ‘A’ boat finished first by about three boat lenghths, while the ‘B’ boat beat USD by a seat in a sprint to the finish. The varsity four team defeated USD by two seats and the lightweight fours were also winners. In the winning men’s varsity eight boat was Joe Gram, Derek Huffman, Brendan Carriker, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Gilbert Collins, Darren von Platten, Ryan Andre and Michael Zurko.

Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships

ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships

April 29, 2007 • Sacramento, California

May 13, 2007 • Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The UC San Diego men’s crew team notched two, second-place finishes at the Western Inercollegiate Rowing Championships in Sacramento over the weekend. UCSD’s second Varsity Eight finished second with a time of 6:19.1, finishing just a second off the Gonzaga boat. UCSD’s lightweight four also finished second with a time of 7:09.3, behind Cal, the winner at 7:08.7. The Triton varsity eight finished third in the grand final with a time of 6:05.7. UCSD was just off first place UC Davis (6:03.8) and Gonzaga (6:04.3). The UCSD men’s crew is back in action on May 12-13 at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Other UCSD finishes over the weekend included the Novice four boat finishing third, behind Orange Coast College and Gonzaga. The novice eight team finished fifth with a time of 6:32.7, defeating UC Irvine.

The UC San Diego men’s crew finished one of its most successful seasons in recent history at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships on Sunday. On the first day, UCSD looked strong with the varsity eight finishing their heat in second-place. The Tritons defeatd Williams, Bates, North Carolina and Hamilton. The Tritons needed to finish in the top three in Sunday morning’s semifinal, but were edged out in a three-boat photo-finish, taking fourth place ahead of UC Davis and Ithaca. Strong winds forced the cancellation of the remainder of the races on Sunday. On Saturday, the varsity-eight finished in the upper-tier of the 12 semifinal boats. The Tritons finished with a time of 5:50, besting all boats in their heat, finishing second to Trinity. On Sunday, the varsity-eight semifinal was a close finish as all four of the top boats finished within two seconds of each other.



A Proud Tradition of Academic and Athletic Excellence!

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Women’s Soccer 1989 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 1999 • 2000 • 2001 Women’s Volleyball 1981 • 1984 • 1986 • 1987 1988 • 1990 • 1997 Women’s Water Polo 1986 • 1990 • 1991 1992 • 1994 Women’s Tennis 1985 • 1987 • 1989 • 1994

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Triton teams have captured 29 National Championships while 36 teams have finished as National Runners-Up. 38 others have achieved National Third Place honors. Individually, 117 Triton student-athletes have captured National Championships and a remarkable 900 student-athletes have been named to All-America teams. UCSD student-athletes have excelled academically as well, earning 23 prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships and 130 Academic All-America selections. Consistently, over 55 percent of the student-athletes earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, placing them on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Triton Athletics posted a Second Place Finish in the USSA Director’s Cup, emblamatic of the best overall athletics department in the country, during the 2006-07 season. Since moving to the NCAA Division II level in 2000, UCSD has placed in the top six programs in the country on six different occasions. As a D-III member, the Tritons finished first in the Director’s Cup standings following the 1997-98 season. UCSD captured Back-To-Back California CollegiateAthleticAssociation Commissioner’s Cup titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07, an award symbolizing the best overall athletics department in the CCAA.

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Provide a broad base of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. Attract students of high academic capabilities and athletic talent who are representative of the diversity of the people of the state of California. Promote healthy physical activity, athletic competition, communications and interpersonal skills, teamwork, and overall personal growth. Promote the principles of ethical conduct, fair play, and respect and understanding of others. Promote the academic advancement and graduation of student-athletes and prepare student-athletes for lifelong learning, future careers, and engaged citizenship. Foster the development of student-athletes’ abilities to live successfully in a diverse and global society. Enhance student life at UCSD and foster campus pride and community support. Participate competitively in an athletic conference that complements and supports the mission and goals of the UCSD Intercollegiate Program and the campus.

Earl W. Edwards - Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards accepted the position of Director of Athletics at UC San Diego in March, 2000. Under his guidance, the 23-sport program has made a successful transition from the NCAA Division III to Division II. In fact, UCSD has surpassed all expectations in Division II, capturing women’s soccer national championships in both 2000 and 2001, and finishing in the top-10 of the Director’s Cup standings in four of its first five seasons. Edwards’ move to UC San Diego represented a homecoming, as he had previously served as Associate Athletic Director at UCSD from 1987 to 1993. He then took a position as Director of Athletics at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. During his seven-year tenure at the NCAA Division II institution, he served on numerous NCAA committees, including a 1999 appointment to the Division II Management Council. Edwards is also currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee. Edwards is a 1972 graduate of East Stroudsburg with a master’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Administration from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to East Stroudsburg, he has athletic administration experience at UMass, UC Davis, the University of Michigan, Drexel University and UC San Diego. While previously serving at UCSD, Edwards initiated the Triton Athletic Associates, the athletic department’s primary fund-raising source. Edwards now presides over a UC San Diego program which is recognized nationally for both its athletic and academic achievements.


COMMUNITY OUTREACH 2007-08 CREW The University of California, San Diego Department of Athletics is committed to actively participating in the community through a variety of outreach events and services. Student-athletes from 23 sports participate in a wide range of service and outreach programs in and around the San Diego area. In 2003-04 the Tritons began the “Team Up!” program. This program assists local elementary schools that do not have a physical education component in their current curriculum. UCSD student-athletes provide healthy physical activity and create an environment for elementary school students that foster positive thinking and team building. The program was run at the Del Mar Heights Elementary School in the morning hours prior to school starting and during the students’ lunch periods during the past two years. Triton student-athletes make the holidays brighter for 12 families in the San Diego area on an annual basis, providing a plethora of gifts and holiday cheer. Triton teams paired up and each tandem purchased presents, food, and goodies to deliver to their adopted family before the holidays. Families were selected by the Neighborhood House Association which runs the Head Start programs throughout San Diego County. Student-athletes contacted the families to find out what special presents the children wanted, as well as what sort of clothing or other needs could be met. Teams delivered the presents in person and spent time with the families, often playing games with the children. Families each received approximately $300-$500 worth of gifts, depending on the number of children. Presents ranged from a bike for one child to clothing and food for the parents. In conjuction with the California Collegiate Athletic Association as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Triton student-athletes have gone to work to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in each of the last three years. The student-athletes held a bake sale during the Annual Sun God Festival on the UCSD campus. Each team brought baked goods for a sale in the evening prior to the festival’s main event. The goal at each CCAA member institution was to raise $1 per student-athlete. Triton student-athletes far exceeded this goal, raising over $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2005. Additionally, the Intercollegiate Athletics Department holds an annual Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross. All coaches, staff and out of season student-athletes participated in the blood drive, while those student-athletes who were in season recruited other students on campus to donate blood on their behalf.

UCSD ATHLETICS COMMUNITY OUTREACH Volunteer Connection Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving Program Hands Across America St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen Row for the Cure Preuss School Clinics Starlings Volleyball Club Habitat for Humanity San Diego Special Olympics California Half Ironman Volunteers Mission Bay - Beach Clean Up Race for the Cure Boy’s and Girl’s Club Sports Clinics



Two integral parts of the UC San Diego athletic department are the Athletic Performance Program and the Sports Medicine Program, both of which provide a tremendous advantage to all 23 of the UCSD intercollegiate sports. The Athletic Performance Program is geared toward teaching each student-athlete how to achieve the highest level of athletic development through enhancement of all components of strength and conditioning. Athlete workouts are monitored and planned out by Rob Mamula, UCSD’s Director of Athletic Performance who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Triton athletics. Mamula represents the only full-time strength and conditioning coach in the entire CCAA. The Tritons work out in the RIMAC weight room that is over 12,000 square feet in size with state of the art equipment. The UCSD Athlete Performance Program is truly designed with the studentathlete’s enhancement in mind. Very few programs at the Division II level have such expertise and first class facilities at the disposal of the student-athlete helping to further distinguish the Triton Athletic Department as one of the premier intercollegiate programs in the country. The UC San Diego Sports Medicine Center is the hub for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries suffered by Triton student-athletes. Under the supervision of head athletic trainer Kevin Messey MS, ATC, CSCS and his staff, UCSD athletes receive the highest quality medical care and access to an extensive network of physicians and other medical specialists. The rest of the training room staff is comprised of two full-time ATCs and an average of 10 athletic training students (ATS). The UCSD athletic training room is a clinical site for San Diego State University’s accredited athletic training education program where some of the athletic training students fulfill their clinical experience. Additionally the UCSD Sports Medicine Center offers a wide variety of options for examination and rehabilitation. From acupuncture to a group of six highly specialized sports medicine, family practitioners and orthopedic surgeons, the UCSD training room has a multitude of options at your disposal to get you healthy and back on the field of competition in no time.


Kevin Messey

Rob Mamula

UCSD - YOUNGEST OF THE BEST 2007-08 CREW UCSD: THE INSTITUTION Innovation is our tradition: Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. Since its founding four decades ago, UCSD is one of the ten campuses in the worldrenowned University of California system and has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. UCSD’s interdisciplinary ethos and tradition of innovation and risk-taking, underlie its research strength and ability to recruit top scholars and students. Students: The average high school GPA of admitted freshmen was 4.05, and average SATI score was 1300. UCSD ranks 2nd nationally among major research universities sending students abroad in full-year programs, and 4th in the nation in graduation rates, at 79%. Specialized Resources: UCSD’s graduate and professional schools include Scripps Institution of Oceanography; School of Medicine; School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Jacobs School of Engineering (graduate and undergraduate), and Rady School of Management. The campus also is home to the San Diego Supercomputer Center; California Institute for Information Technology and Telecommunications; Center for Research in Computing and the Arts; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Institute of the Americas.

The Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Oceanography Institution.

UCSD: ACADEMIC RANKINGS The National Research Council ranks UCSD 10th in the nation in the quality of its faculty and graduate programs. (The top ten, in rank order, are: UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, CalTech, Yale, Chicago, Cornell and UCSD.) The NRC ranks oceanography and neurosciences 1st in the nation. UCSD ranks 6th in the nation in National Academy of Sciences membership while also being ranked as the 7th best public university in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. A U.S. News and World Report survey of graduate programs ranks the Jacobs School of Engineering 13th in the nation and 7th among public engineering schools, and the School of Medicine as 17th among medical schools with a research focus, and 6th among public schools. In Master of Fine Arts programs, UCSD’s multimedia/visual communications program ranked 6th in the nation. The most recent US News rankings also place these programs in the nation’s top 10: Theatre and Dance (3rd); Bioengineering (3rd); Political Science (7th); Cellular and Developmental Biology (8th); Biochemistry (9th); Molecular Biology (10th), and Neurosciences (10th). UCSD: CURRENT FACULTY HONORS Nobel Prize: George E. Palade, 1974, physiology/medicine; Renato Dulbecco, 1975, physiology/ medicine; Harry Markowitz, 1990, economics; Paul Crutzen, 1995, chemistry; Mario J. Molina, 1995, chemistry; Sydney Brenner, 2002, medicine; Clive W.J. Granger and Robert F. Engle, 2003, economics. Fields Medal: Professor of mathematics Efim Zelmanov. Balzan Prize: Freeman Gilbert, SIO professor (1990), and Wolfgang Berger, SIO professor (1993). National Medal of Science: Astrophysicist Margaret Burbidge and oceanographer Walter Munk (1985); physician/scientist George Palade (1986); nuclear physicist Marshall N. Rosenbluth (1998); bioengineer Yuan-Chen Fung (2000), and oceanographer Charles D. Keeling (2002). National Humanities Medal: Latin American history scholar Ramon Eduardo Ruiz (1998) Pulitzer Prize: Roger Reynolds (1989) Music. Kyoto Prize: Oceanographer Walter Munk (1999) Enrico Fermi Award: Physicist Herbert F. York (2000). MacArthur Foundation Awards: Guillermo Algaze, anthropology; Patricia Churchland, philosophy; Ramon Gutierrez, history and ethnic studies; Edwin Hutchins, cognitive science; Russell Lande, biology; George Lewis, music; and Michael Schudson, communications.


Geisel Library in the heart of the UCSD Campus

The Pier at the Scripps Oceanography Institution.

SAN DIEGO - AMERICA’S FINEST CITY 2007-08 CREW The UCSD campus is located in La Jolla, Calif., just minutes north of America’s sixth largest city, San Diego. Spanish for ‘the jewel’, La Jolla is one of San Diego’s first neighborhoods to be settled. The city of La Jolla has spectacular beaches and park areas that are popular for great diving, swimming, surfing, hiking, romantic sunset strolls, and family fun. La Jolla’s village area boasts a beautiful Mediterranean charm and a cool Southern Californian vibe, and rolls out the red carpet when it comes to it’s fine dining, theatre, cultural activities, boutique shopping, art galleries and fine lodging establishments. It is no wonder why La Jolla’s Prospect Street was dubbed ‘San Diego’s Rodeo Drive’. Named “America’s Finest City” due to its hospitality, beauty and ideal climate, San Diego is located at the southern tip of California, just north of Mexico. The residents of San Diego county are so physically active that Sports Illustrated magazine once called it “Sportstown, U.S.A.” San Diego’s 70 miles of beaches are a haven for swimmers, surfers, divers, boaters and sunbathers. The city of San Diego is a major commercial business center with more than 2.6 million residents and a varied economy based in agriculture, manufacturing, aerospace, technology, electronics, aircraft, shipbuilding, scientific research and tourism. The city is one of the largest biotech centers in the U.S.


2007-08 UC San Diego Crew Media Guide  

Complete background on the UC San Diego men's and women's crew programs.