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As the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships loomed on the horizon, the Aztecs of 2013 needed to do some “polishing” in 4s. Two regattas in Newport, one hosted by Chapman on April 14th and one a dual meet against Chapman on April 20th, provided the perfect venues for that.
The Varsity 8 was still having some attendance problems, amplified by injuries, at this time … and Head Coach Robison made the decision to have the four strongest men from this program finish the season out together in a Varsity 4. Having already done well together several weeks before, this 4V headed to the Chapman Invitational Regatta in Newport to see how they would fare against Loyola, Chapman, Long Beach State, and UCLA. Loyola’s V4 crew – eventually the 4th fastest crew at W.I.R.A. – won the event, with the Aztecs close on their heels. In their wake, the SDSU V4 left Long Beach State, Chapman, UCLA, and another Loyola crew. This 4+ was the only Aztec crew racing that weekend. The boating for that crew included; Mike Buckel at Stroke, Zach Zeidman, Jesse Robles, and Chris Huffstetler … with Selysa Marshall taking up the Coxing responsibilities.
One week later, on the same body of water, a dual meet was held that rekindled some of the spirit of the “old” Aztecs of yore. Against Chapman, SDSU’s Men pulled the first sweep in many years. The V4 continued their winning ways, defeating Chapman by an embarrassing margin of almost 30 seconds. A Novice 4 was put together for the event by Coach Perez, aiming to see if a new stroke might be discovered (in the person of Brandt Watson) and, in addition, to see if Jessica Santos (eventually honored as the first woman to have her name added to the Captain’s Trophy) could win a shirt in the Coxswain’s seat. Rounding out that 4+ were Kyle Winchester, Ryan Williams (eventual winner of the Most Promising Novice award), and Scott Gerdes. This N4 also won by an embarrassing margin = 26 seconds.
Then, an hour later, Chapman put it’s N4 and its V4 together into an 8+, and had these men race again. Chapman’s young men did a surprising job of holding off our Aztec Lightweight 8 for much of the race … but eventually succumbed by a margin of 14 seconds. While there only three races on the day, the SDSU Aztecs of 2013 thus enjoyed their first “sweep” in a long, long time. After Chapman left the scene (so as not to offend them), the Aztecs proudly tied a broom to the trailer (symbolizing the sweep) for the trip home!