Rowing Takes On Cross Town Rival UCLA On Saturday In Marina Del Rey

March 15, 2005

Los Angeles- - March 15, 2005

This weekThe USC women's rowing team will kick off its spring season against UCLA in the fourth-annual dual race between the crosstown rivals this Saturday, March 19, at Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey. The teams will race a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four and Novice Eight boat, with the overall winner earning all five points for the Lexus Gauntlet. The first race begins at 8 a.m.

This will be the Women of Troy's first race of the regular season. Next week, USC will head up to Lake Natoma to race in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, which is also the site of the Pac-10 Championships.

RankingsThe Varsity Eight Boat enters the season ranked 14th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coaches Preseason Poll released on March 10. Princeton earned the top seed, while Pac-10 opponents California, Washington, Stanford, and Washington State enter the polls at seventh, ninth, 13th, and 18th respectively. UCLA is not ranked.

Battle for the Lexus GauntletSaturday's race will decide who will capture all five points awarded in women's rowing for the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet -- a season-long all-sports competition between USC and UCLA. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head athletic contest throughout the year. UCLA currently leads the competition 45.0 to 30.0, with points still to be awarded in rowing, baseball, men's and women's golf, as well as men's and women's track and field.

ScoringUSC and UCLA will race four boats - a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four and Novice Eight. The dual race winner will be determined by a point system similar to the one used at the Pac-10 Championships. With only two boats in each race, three points will be awarded to the Varsity Eight winner, two to the JV Eight and one apiece to the winners of the Varsity Fours and Novice Eights.

Race HistoryUSC and UCLA began this annual racing tradition in 2002, the year that UCLA resurrected its rowing program. The Trojans have won all three meetings-- 5-2 in 2002, 6-1 in 2003, and 6-0 in 2004-- and have beaten the Bruins in eight of the last 11 races over the past three years. Last season USC won the Varsity Eight, JV Eight and Varsity Four races, and was in position to capture a win in the Novice Eight, but the race was ruled a no contest due to interference.

Schedule for Sunday- USC vs. UCLA8:00 a.m.- Varsity Fours8:15 a.m.- JV Fours8:35 a.m.- JV Eights8:55 a.m.- Varsity Eights9:15 a.m.- Novice Eights

AddressUCLA Marina del Rey Aquatic Center14001 Fiji WayMarina del Rey, CADirections to the UCLA Boathouse405 South (San Diego Freeway).90 West (Marina del Rey Freeway).Follow the 90 all the way to its end (which is a surface street).Make a LEFT on 'Mindanao.'Make a LEFT on 'Lincoln Blvd.'Make a RIGHT on 'Fiji Way' (the Aquatic Center is located at the end of Fiji Way, behind the Villa Venetia Apartment Complex).Free Parking at Dock 52 (15 minutes walk from the Aquatic Center). Parking also available atthe Fisherman's Village (5 minutes walk from the Aquatic Center).

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