This past weekend the Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Team traveled out to San Diego, California to compete at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic. This event, hailed as the first major regatta of the year, draws thousands of rowers from over 100 universities, clubs, and high school programs. Racing for the Irish began early on Saturday April 5th, when the Varsity 8+ raced their heat for Men’s Collegiate Cal Cup. Conditions were fair with low wind and calm water. Finishing the 2,000m race with a time of 6:24.6 earned the Irish a 4th place finish in the heat and a spot in the Petite Final, falling short of the Grand Final to the University of San Diego and MIT by just over 3 seconds. The novice began their weekend racing in the Men’s Collegiate Novice 8+, finishing 3rd in their heat with a time 6:18.4 earning a spot in their Petite Final, falling short of the Grand Final to the University of California and the University of California-Santa Barbara. Later on Saturday, the Novice 8+ went on to win the Petite Final with a time of 6:40.6, earning them a 7th place finish in their event overall. On the morning of Sunday April 6th, the Varsity 8+ raced in their Petite Final, finishing 3rd with a time of 6:21.2, earning them a 9th place finish in their event overall. The Men’s Collegiate Novice 8+ and the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8+ events were won by the University of California and Grand Valley State University respectively.