Rowing Heads To Bay Area For Pac-10 Championships
May 17, 2002
Coming Up -- The USC women's rowing team travels to Rancho Cordova, Calif., this week for the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, to be held Sun., May 19, on Lake Natoma. The heats are scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m. and the grand final races will take place starting at 12:40 p.m. Live scoring for the event will be available on the internet at www.usctrojans.com.
Seeds And Starting Times -- The top-10 seedings for the varsity eight championship races are as follows: Washington (1st), USC (2nd), Stanford (3rd), California (4th), Oregon State (5th), Washington State (6th), Sacramento State (7th), San Diego State (8th), Loyola Marymount (9th) and UC Davis (10th).
Following are USC's probable lineups and starting times for preliminary heats:
Varsity 8 (10:50 am) JV 8 (9:50 am) Varsity 4 (8:50 am) Novice 8 (9:30 am)
8. Andria Shook Kate Kaso -- Denise Harewood
7. Andrea Korom April Hudlett -- Brittany Mohr
6. Zoï¿½ Hoskins Lauren Buford -- Brianna Ranney
5. Marketa Vochoskova Margeaux Witte -- Ashley Reisinger
4. Katrin Gleie Kate Donovan Shruthi Aradhya Zoe Mougin
3. Ivelina Boteva Julia Miles Molly Danielson Ali Nagle
2. Katie Sadalski Raven Taylor Sarah Meade Amy Escalante
1. Jeanne De Lapoyade Brenda Bower Amber Aura Carly Kahoe
Cox Melissa Zimel Jessica Patterson Sarah Barnes Katie Weslo
Last Year At the Pac-10 Championships -- USC entered last year's Pac-10 championship with a first-ever No. 1 seed after having upset Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic. This time, it was the Huskies who were out for revenge. Washington pulled away in the final 500 meters and posted a three-second victory over the Women of Troy in the Varsity Eight 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.
Looking Towards The 2002 NCAAs -- The NCAA Women's National Championships will be held at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. The events will take place Thurs., May 30, thru Sat., June 1. Washington is the defending national champion and the only team from the Pac-10 to ever win the national title (1997, 1998, 2001). The Trojans' Varsity Eight boat is looking for its fourth-consecutive bid to the championships, while USC has yet to receive a team bid since the NCAA began sponsoring the event in 1998.
Last Year At NCAA Championships -- In their first-ever NCAA Grand Final appearance, USC's Varsity Eight boat finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Rowing Championships. The Trojans, who defeated both Brown and Michigan in the semifinal heat and finished a narrow .8 seconds behind Washington in a preliminary heat, were surpassed by all three boats in the final. The Huskies took the Varsity Eight title crossing the finish line in 7:04.03. They were followed by Brown (7:05.34), Michigan (7:08.45) and USC (7:09.09). This is the highest the Trojans have ever placed in an NCAA Varsity Eight event.
USC History at NCAA Championships -- Since the USC women's rowing program began offering scholarships in 1994, the Trojans have made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. Most notably, USC captured the Women's Varsity Four national title in 1998 by defeating eventual 1999 champion Brown. Last season, the Trojans finished fourth in the Varsity Eight race marking their highest finish ever.
Head Coach George Jenkins To Retire After 2002 Season -- George Jenkins, who revived the USC women's rowing team into a nationally-competitive program in his nine years at Troy, announced his resignation on May 13 to pursue a music career. He will step down at the end of the 2002 season in June. Jenkins took over a Trojan program in September of 1993 that had fallen into disrepair. He built the team from no athletes on the roster to its present level of nearly 50 members, and from zero scholarships to the NCAA maximum of 20. In 1998, he led USC to its first NCAA championship in the sport in the Varsity Fours division (the Trojans also won that event in the Pac-10s that year). In 2001, his Varsity Eight won the prestigious Jessop Whittier Cup by beating nine-time defending champion Washington at the San Diego Crew Classic, leading Troy to a No. 2 national ranking (the program's highest ever) and a first-ever Varsity Eight grand final appearance at the NCAAs (USC placed fourth). In his career, he coached an All-American (Ivelina Boteva) and eight All-Pac-10 choices. A national search for Jenkins' replacement will begin soon.
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