45th Annual San Diego Crew Classic brings fierce competition, celebrates start of rowing season

SAN DIEGO– Thousands of athletes participated in the prestigious two-day San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay Park over the weekend.

The nationally acclaimed rowing event encompassed more than 100 races and 4,000 athletes. The regatta, which is the largest in the world, serves as a venue for high school junior programs, collegiate teams, masters’s club and Olympic-level competition.

The most anticipated races scheduled for Sunday were arguably the collegiate divisons.

The collegiate women’s division had University of Texas Austin, University of Southern California,  California, Washington State and Oklahoma fighting for the The Jessop-Whittier Cup.

In the final heat, Cal took the victory.

For the collegiate men, the division introduced a duel-race format. Defending champions California, Yale, Navy and Penn batteled in the highly anticipated Copley Cup Invitational.

California took home the Copley Cup Sunday, giving the university bragging rights and a lot to celebrate.

The San Diego Crew Classic offered plenty of entertainment for spectators as well, including the Stone Brewing beer garden, brunch tent and food trucks.

The San Diego Crew Classic began as a three-hour event in 1973. Now, it’s known as America’s Premier Spring Regatta.