Rowing Travels To Georgia For NCAAs

May 22, 2001

Coming Up -- USC women's rowing will send its fourth-ranked Varsity Eight boat to the 2001 NCAA Championships for the third-consecutive year. The championships take place this week, May 24-26, on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The Trojans, whose varsity boat has never placed higher than 13th (2000) at the NCAAs, will look to advance to the grand final this year and defend its early season success. USC was ranked as high as No. 2 by the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coaches Poll after winning the Jessop Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic in April.

There will be three events - Varsity Eight, JV Eight and Fours - and each will cover a 2,000-meter course. Ten teams were selected to compete, in addition to nine individual boats chosen from unrepresented teams.

USC Lineup -- The Varsity Eight boat enters the championships as the top-ranked boat in the West Region according to the NCAA Women's Rowing Committee.

Varsity Eight			West Region V8 Rankings
8. Rebecca Moneymaker 1. USC
7. Amelia White 2. Washington
6. Marketa Vochoskova 3. California
5. Zo� Hoskins 4. Washington State
4. Sarah Mengler 5. Oregon State
3. Amy Pearce 6. Stanford
2. Katrin Gleie
1. Ivelina Boteva
C Jenny Lysaght

Racing Schedule -- Co-hosted by Central Florida and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club, the schedule of events for the fifth-annual NCAA Championship are as follows:

Thursday, May 24
8 a.m. I Eights Heat 1
8:20 a.m. I Eights Heat 2
8:40 a.m. I Eights Heat 3

Friday, May 25
10:40 a.m. I Eights (places 13-19)
11 a.m. I Eights Semifinals 1
11:20 a.m. I Eights Semifinals 2

Saturday, May 26
11:20 p.m. I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:40 p.m. I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

At The 2001 Pac-10 Championships -- USC was unable to come away with the titles it had hoped for at the 2001 Championships held on Lake Natoma on May 13. The Trojans' fourth-ranked Varsity Eight boat could not get past the Huskies on the 2,000-meter course. Avenging the earlier loss, Washington pulled away in the final 500 meters and posted a three-second victory over the Women of Troy in the grand final. USC finished the course in 6:43.70, behind the Huskies who crossed the line at 6:40.60. Seeded third upon entering the race, USC's JV Eight was surpassed by Washington (7:06.79), Washington State (7:10.39) and Cal (7:11.60) in the grand final to finish fourth in a time of 7-minutes, 21.29. Both the Varsity Four and Novice Eights completed their competitions in the petite final, finishing 10th and 14th respectively.

Last Year At NCAA Championships -- USC's Varsity Eight boat was the Trojans' lone representative at the 2000 NCAA championships. The races were held in Camden County, N.J. on the Cooper River, May 26-28. Following are USC's final results:

Women's Varsity Eight Final
To Determine Places 13-19

1. Yale 6:36.39
2. USC 6:39.79
3. Oregon State 6:40.39
4. UC Davis 6:50.50
5. Williams 6:53.50
6. William Smith 6:53.70
7. Wesleyan 7:08.10

USC History at NCAA Championships -- Since the USC women's rowing program began offering scholarships in 1994, the Trojans have made three appearances in the NCAA Championships - 1998, 1999, 2000. Most notably, USC captured the Women's Varsity Four national title in 1998 by defeating eventual 1999 champion Brown. One of the rowers from USC's title team is currently in her final season with the Women of Troy - Rebecca Moneymaker.

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