Rowing Beats UCLA In Three-Of-Four Races To Win Dual
Marina del Rey, Calif. - The USC women's rowing team defeated UCLA in three-of-four races Saturday morning to win the second annual dual at the UCLA boathouse in Marina del Rey. With wins in the Varsity Eight, JV Eight and Varsity Four races, the Women of Troy outscored the Bruins, 6-1, earning all five points for the Lexus Gauntlet.
USC and UCLA are now tied at 55 points apiece for the 2003 Lexus Gauntlet. The final outcome of this year's season-long competition will be decided in a tiebreaker and cannot be determined until all postseason competition is completed.
The event began with the Varsity Four race at 7:30 a.m. The Trojans jumped out to an early lead over UCLA and never looked back, winning the 2000-meter race by 11 seconds in 7:24.6 to take a 1-0 lead.
Next up, USC's JV Eight controlled the race from the start, winning by 26 seconds in a time of 6:29.7. UCLA finished second in 6:55.08, giving the Women of Troy two additional points for a 3-0 advantage.
The Varsity Eight boat maintained an early advantage, but UCLA stayed within a boat length until the 1000-meter mark. At that point, the Trojans managed to pull away and won the race by nine seconds. With the win, USC earned three points to go ahead 6-0 and clinch the dual meet victory.
The last race of the day gave the Trojans their only loss. The Novice Eight fell behind at the start and was never able to recover, losing by 10 seconds in a time of 6:39.17. The Bruins crossed the finish line in 6:28.7.
The UCLA race marked the last regular season race for the Trojans as they prepare, to compete at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif., May 17-18.
USC vs. UCLA
Marina del Rey, Calif.
1. USC - 6:16.5
2. UCLA - 6:26.16
1. USC - 6:29.7
2. UCLA - 6:55.08
1. USC - 7:24.6
2. UCLA 'B' - 7:35.76
3. UCLA 'A' - 7:36.80
1. UCLA - 6:28.7
2. USC - 6:38.17