April 27, 2002
Marina del Rey, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team competed at the 27th Annual Norman P. Miller Cup, today, hosted by the UCLA men's rowing club. The Bruins advanced four of five crews to the grand finals and won the Novice Eight Grand Final. The UCLA Varsity 8 captured the Varsity Eight Petite Final to finish 4th for the Miller Cup.
The Bruins (8:19.8), racing a Novice 4 crew for the first time this season, defeated UC San Diego (8:32.0) and Chapman University (9:00.9) in Heat 2 of the prelims to qualify for the Novice Four Grand Final.
In the Novice Four Grand Final, UCLA trailed San Diego State by a boat length of open water at the 1250m mark. The Bruins could not make up the difference, and the Aztecs (8:47.3) claimed the victory by17-seconds. The Bruins (9:04.3) placed second overall in the event, and UC Santa Barbara (9:52.2) took third.
In Heat 2 of the Varsity Fours, the University of San Diego held a two seat advantage over UCLA at the boathouse (1250m mark). The Bruins (8:37.3) made a power move in the final sprint to edge USD (8:38.3) by 1-second to qualify for the Varsity Four Grand Final. UC Irvine "B" crossed the line at 10:23.2 to round off the second heat of competition.
In the Varsity Four Grand Final, UC San Diego maintained an early lead and was ahead one boat length of open water over UCLA 1250m into the race. The Tritons (8:48.3) won by 10-seconds, followed by UCLA (8:58.6), and USD (9:11.6).
In Heat 1 of the Novice Eights, UCLA (7:41.8) maintained a lead of two boat lengths of open water approaching the boathouse. The Bruins won by 20-seconds and advanced to the Novice Eight Grand Final. Loyola Marymount (8:01.6) and UC San Diego (8:19.3) finished second and third in the heat, respectively.
In the Novice Eight Grand Final, the Bruins took an early lead and extended it to a two seat open water advantage at the boathouse over an even race between the San Diego State and USD crews. UCLA maintained the lead to win the final by 6-seconds. San Diego State (7:34.7) and University of San Diego (7:36.3) placed second and third overall in the event, respectively.
In Heat 2 of the JV Eights, the Bruins (8:06.0) won decisively over UC Santa Barbara (8:20.7) to qualify for JV Eight Grand Final.
In the JV Eight Grand Final, UCLA had a two seat advantage over San Diego State 1250m into the race, but in the final sprint, the Aztecs (7:32.5) edged the Bruins by 3-seconds. UCLA (7:35.8) finished second overall in the event, and UC Santa Barbara (8:07.3) placed third.
In Heat 3 of the Varsity Eights, USD (7:43.7) extended a three seat open water advantage over UCLA at the 1250m mark to win the race and advance to the Varsity Eight Grand Final. The Bruins (7:52.6) finished 9-seconds behind the Toreros and qualified for the Varsity Eight Petite Final, to determine places 4-6.
In the Varsity Eight Petite Final, the Bruins (7:20.8) maintained the lead from the start and won the race by 9-seconds, placing fourth overall in the event. UC Santa Barbara (7:29.8) and Long Beach State (7:35.6) finished second and third in the final, respectively, to finish fifth and sixth overall.
In the Miller Cup Race, it was a tight race between the University of San Diego and San Diego State. At the 1250m mark, San Diego State and University of San Diego were even with Loyola Marymount trailing by two seats of open water. San Diego State (7:09.3) edged USD (7:10.6) at the finish line by 1-second to capture the Miller Cup. LMU placed third overall in the event, posting a time of 7:19.9.
UCLA still leads the Miller Cup with 13 wins, followed by UC Santa Barbara (2), San Diego State (2), Long Beach State (1), Loyola Marymount (1), Stanford (1), UC Davis (1), UC San Diego (1), and USD (1).
The Bruins return to action on Saturday, May 18, at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. The regatta is scheduled to take part all day.