Team WinTech & King enjoyed a phenomenally successful weekend at the 2023 San Diego Crew Classic, recording 17 wins alongside eight second and six third-placed finishes. Hailed as the premier start to spring racing in the United States, the race was formed in 1973 and now attracts thousands of competitors from across the country – and often further afield – to compete over the 2000m course.
We took home clean podium sweeps in both the MPR3 Doubles and Mx Incl Doubles; Freedom Rows, USRowing’s national program dedicated to changing lives for disabled veterans and members of the armed forces, took all of the placings.
A large bulk of our wins came in King shells, which continue to prove their quality at the highest levels. Endeavor Racing Alliance recorded five wins and a second place finish as our most successful club of the weekend. Their victories across the Women’s Masters A, D, E and F 8+ events were all secured in KingSE shells, save for the WinTech in the Women’s Master Club 4x event. They were also runners-up in the Women’s Masters B 8+.
Club Nautico de San Juan also had a fantastic weekend racing in KingSE shells. They won the Men’s Alumni 8+, the Men’s Masters A 8+ and the Men’s Masters B 8+ alongside a third in the Mixed 8+.
Our other wins came from Clark University in the Women’s DII/III/Club 8+, Kent Michell in the Men’s Masters G 8+, Marin Rowing Association defending their title in the Women’s Youth 8+, Endeavor Racing Alliance in the WPR3 Doubles, Maritime Rowing Club in the Men’s U16 4x, North Dakota in the Men’s Masters F 8+ and the University of Washington reclaiming the Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ title. All but the Maritime win in the 4x came in KingSE shells.
Additionally, our renowned success in the Women’s Youth 8+ was reemphasized this year. The teams of Marin Rowing Association, Newport Aquatic Center, and Saugatuck Rowing Club rowed King shells and dominated the podium with first, second, and third place finishes, respectively.
Other top-three finishes came from Maritime Rowing Club, who finished second in the Women’s U16 4x; North Dakota, who finished second in the Men’s Masters D 8+; Oakland Strokes, who were runners-up in the Women’s U17 8+; Rowing Canada, who were third in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 8+; Saugatuck Rowing Club, who finished third in the Women’s Youth B 8+; Toronto Sculling, who were second in the Women’s Masters Club Championship 8+; and Maritime Rowing Club, who were third in the Men’s U17 4x.
The 31 top-three placements from this year’s Crew Classic represents a fantastic return for Team WinTech & King, and has poised us for an exciting spring racing season across North America. We look forward to supporting our countless crews and athletes on their respective journeys, and providing the shells in which they will achieve greatness.
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