Rowing Travels To Indianapolis For 2002 NCAAs.

May 30, 2002

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Coming Up -- USC women's rowing will send its 15th-ranked Varsity Eight boat to the 2002 NCAA Championships for the fourth-consecutive year. The championships take place this week, May 31-June 2, on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. The Trojans, whose varsity eight boat placed fourth at the 2002 NCAAs, will look to return to the grand final this year and defend its success of last season. USC has been ranked as high as No. 9 by the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coaches Poll this season. Live scoring for the event will be available on the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

There will be three events - Varsity Eight, JV Eight and Fours - and each will cover a 2,000-meter course. The team championship is comprised of 12 teams, and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers each and one boat of four rowers. In addition, four eight-women boats from institutions not represented in the team competition (such as USC) are selected.

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

	Varsity Eight		West Region V8 Rankings
8. Andria Shook 1. Washington
7. Andrea Korom 2. USC
6. Zo� Hoskins 3. Stanford
5. Marketa Vochoskova 4. Cal
4. Katrin Gleie 5. Oregon State
3. Ivelina Boteva 6. Washington State
2. Katie Sadalski
1. Jeanne De Lapoyade
Cox Melissa Zimel

Racing Schedule -- Co-hosted by Indiana University and the United States Rowing Association, the schedule of events for the sixth-annual NCAA Championship are as follows:

Friday, May 31
8 a.m. I Eights Heat 1
8:15 a.m. I Eights Heat 2
8:30 a.m. I Eights Heat 3

Saturday, June 1
10:30 a.m. I Eights (places 13-16)
10:45 a.m. I Eights Semifinals 1
11 a.m. I Eights Semifinals 2

Sunday, June 2
11:30 p.m. I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:45 p.m. I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

** All times based on Eastern Standard Time.

At the 2002 Pac-10 Championships -- USC'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 May 19. 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 in 7:00.4. 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.

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 five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 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. USC has yet to receive a team bid to the NCAA Championships.

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