USC's Varsity 4 Rowing Team Clinches 2005 Pac-10 Title

May 15, 2005

USC's women's rowing team placed 3rd over all and won the Varsity 4 race Sunday morning at the 2005 Pacific 10 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma, Sunday, May 15. With this performance the Women of Troy are seeded second in the west for NCAA Championships behind Cal which should give them USC's first ever team bid for the NCAA championships.

For the second time in program history, the Trojans advanced all four boats-a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four and Novice Eight- to the grand finals of the Pac-10 Championships. USC placed third with 53 points behind California (67) and Washington (56) respectively.

'This is a huge breakthrough for us as a team,' said head coach Kelly Barbraj, ' to go to NCAA's as a team has been our goal since we came in, it has never been done before and for the Varsity Four to win Pac-10's is incredible.'

Leading the way for the Trojans was the Varsity Four who captured the title with a winning time of 7:12:90, which was 4.10 seconds ahead of second place Washington, with a time 7:17.00.

The Women of Troy's 13th ranked Varsity Eight boat had a time of 6:26.30 and placed third for the second consecutive year missing second place Stanford by .20 of a second who clocked a 6:26:10. California crossed the finish line with a time of 6:20.60.

The JV Eight also had a tight race coming in fourth just .10 of a second behind the third place Huskies. USC clocked a time of 6:40.70 behind Cal (6:34.50), UCLA (6:37.10) and Washington (6:40.70) respectively.

The Novice Eight competed in the grand finals at Pac-10 for the second time in USC's history. The Trojans finished sixth with a time of 7:04.10 preceded by race-winner Washington (6:38:00), Cal (6:42.20), Oregon State (6:44:10), Washington State (6:51.10), and UCLA (6:57.70).

The Pac-10 Championships are limited to the top 21 entrants for each event in the West Region, which includes each of the seven Pac-10 rowing institutions (Cal, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and USC; Oregon is club status).

Today's championship marks the end of the women's rowing regular season. Since the advent of the NCAA Championships in 1997, holding the Pac-10's on the final weekend allows the selection committee to compare virtually all the West Coast (Pac-10 and non Pac-10) crews under comparable race conditions. With no time standard to meet, boats competing in the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be named by a selection committee on Tuesday, May 17.

The NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will also take place on Lake Natoma in Sacramento Calif. They will be held on Sunday, May 27-29.

Pacific-10 Championships - May 15, 2004
Sacramento, Calif. (Lake Natoma)

TEAM RESULTS
1. California 67
2. Washington 56
3. USC 53
4. UCLA 49
5. Stanford 43
6. Washington State 38
7. Oregon State 33
8. Oregon 4

Varsity Eight
1 CAL 6:20.60
2 STN 6:26.10
3 USC 6:26.30
4 WAS 6:31.00
5 UCL 6:32.40
6 WSU 6:40.80

Varsity Four
1 USC 7:12.90
2 WAS 7:17.00
3 CAL 7:18.10
4 UCL 7:22.30
5 WSU 7:22.70
6 OSU 7:39.10

JV Eight
1 CAL 6:34.50
2 UCL 6:37.10
3 WAS 6:40.60
4 USC 6:40.70
5 STN 6:46.60
6 WSU 6:51.20

Novice Eight
2 CAL 6:42.20
3 OSU 6:44.10
4 WSU 6:51.10
5 UCL 6:57.70
6 USC 7:04.10

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