Rowing Wins Prestigious Jessop Whittier Cup

April 9, 2001

San Diego, Calif. - In one of the biggest upsets in the 28-year history of the San Diego Crew Classic, the USC women's rowing team edged nine-time defending champion Washington to win the prestigious Jessop Whittier Cup women's varsity eight title Sunday on Mission Bay. The Women of Troy nipped the Huskies by a seat length giving Washington it's first loss in the women's varsity eight grand final since 1991.

USC rowed against the shore in lane one, while the Huskies set out in lane two and Virginia on the other side in lane three. The Trojans made their move in the third 500 meters of the course. The two boats entered the final 500 neck-and-neck and the crews went stroke-for-stroke, trading the lead down to the wire before USC made the final push. The Trojans covered the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6 minutes, 52.1 seconds, and Washington finished in 6:53.03.

San Diego Crew Classic
April 8, 2001
Mission Bay, Calif.

Jessop Whittier Cup Grand Final
Women's Varsity Eight
(1) USC - 6:52.51
(2) Washington - 6:53.03
(3) Virginia - 7:06.73
(4) California - 7:06.98
(5) Clemson - 7:13.84
(6) Notre Dame - 7:17.43
(7) Texas 7:17.64.

Women's Junior Varsity Eight Grand Final
(1) Washington - 7:05.73
(2) Virginia - 7:07.75
(3) Washington State - 7:12.12
(4) USC - 7:12.63
(5) Clemson - 7:18.97
(6) Oregon State 7:20.16

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