Varsity Eight Places Fifth At Pac-10 Championships

May 19, 2002

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - USC Rowing's Varsity Eight was forced to endure harsh conditions as it finished in fifth place at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships held at Lake Natoma on Sunday afternoon.

The final races of the day were all held under torrential rain showers, including the Varsity Eight grand final which was scheduled second to last. After finishing first in the qualifying heat (16-seconds in front of second-place Oregon State), the Women of Troy found themselves nearly 15-seconds behind champion Washington as they crossed the finish line fifth. The Huskies, who were timed at 6:46.4, held a length on California and Stanford after the first 500-meters and never trailed. The top four crews - Washington, Cal (6:54.1), Washington State (6:54.9) and Stanford (6:55.2) had open water on the field.

USC's JV Eight, despite not qualifying for the grand final, finished seventh overall by crossing the finish line first in Sunday's petite final. The Trojans completed the course in 7:30.90 and were followed by Sacramento State (7:33.40), San Diego State (7:34.60) and UCLA (7:36.40). In similar fashion, the Varsity Four crew finished first in the Petite Final and seventh overall in a time of 8:21.60, beating San Diego State (8:27.60), Sacramento State (8:36.80) and Santa Clara (8:49.00).

The Novice Eight squad was also unable to advance to the grand final. The team finished third in its final race (8:06.40) and ninth overall.

USC now awaits a possible NCAA Championship bid. The women's NCAA field will be announced Tuesday, May 21. Competition takes place on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, May 31-June 2.

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Lake Natoma (2,000-meters); Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Overcast, cool, winds increasing through the afternoon, rain showers on final four races
May 19, 2002

Women's Varsity Eight
Grand Final

1. Washington - 6:46.4
2. California - 6:54.1
3. Washington State - 6:54.9
4. Stanford - 6:55.2
5. USC - 7:00.4
6. Oregon State - 7:06.0

USC Varsity Eight: Andria Shook, Andrea Korom, Zo� Hoskins, Marketa Vochoskova, Katrin Gleie, Ivelina Boteva, Katie Sadalski, Jeanne De Lapoyade, (cox) Melissa Zimel

Women's Junior Varsity Eight
Grand Final

1. Washington - 7:01.2
2. Oregon State - 7:07.6
3. Stanford - 7:10.2
4. California - 7:13.3
5. Washington State - 7:15.8
6. UC-Davis - 7:42.6

Petite Final (for places 7-12)
1. USC - 7:30.90
2. Sacramento State - 7:33.40
3. San Diego State - 7:34.60
4. UCLA - 7:36.40
5. UC Santa Barbara - 7:44.60
6. Santa Clara - 7:48.40

USC JV Eight: Kate Kaso, April Hudlett, Lauren Buford, Margeaux Witte, Kate Donovan, Julia Miles, Raven Taylor, Brenda Bower, (cox) Jessica Patterson

Women's Novice Eight
Grand Final

1. Oregon State - 7:12.6
2. Washington State - 7:12.7
3. Washington - 7:15.9
4. California - 7:17.6
5. UCLA - 7:28.9
6. San Diego State - 7:38.2

Petite Final (for places 7-11)
1. UC Davis - 7:49.00
2. Chapman College - 7:58.50
3. USC - 8:06.40
4. Oregon - 8:11.70
5. Humbolt State - 8:20.70

USC Novice Eight: Denise Harewood, Brittany Mohr, Brianna Ranney, Ashley Reisinger, Zoe Mougin, Ali Nagle, Amy Escalante, Carly Kahoe, (cox) Katie Weslo

Women's Varsity Four
Grand Final

1. California - 7:46.7
2. Oregon State - 7:52.5
3. Washington - 7:54.4
4. Stanford - 7:58.2
5. Washington State - 8:01.5
6. UCLA - 8:20.7

Petite Final (for places 7-10)
1. USC - 8:21.60
2. San Diego State - 8:27.60
3. Sacramento State - 8:36.80
4. Santa Clara - 8:49.00

USC Varsity Four: Shruthi Aradhya, Molly Danielson, Sarah Meade, Amber Aura, (cox) Sarah Barnes

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