USC Women's Rowing Gets First-Ever Team Bid To NCAA Championships

May 17, 2005

For the first time in its history, the USC women's rowing team has earned a team bid to the 2005 NCAA Division I Championships.

The Women of Troy will compete against 11 other teams at the ninth annual championships, which will be held May 27-29 at Lake Natoma at host Cal State Sacramento's Aquatic Center.

The Trojans have made seven consecutive NCAA appearances in individual races amd even captured a Varsity Four title in their 1998 NCAA debut, but until now they have never qualified as a team.

Making the NCAAs as a team has been the goal of USC's married third-year co-head coaches Kelly and Zenon Babraj.

At the NCAAs, each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. In addition, four eight-women boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected.

In addition to USC (the West's second seed and ranked 13th in the latest national poll), the following teams were selected: defending NCAA champion Brown, California (the top seed in the West), Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale. The At-Large Eights are from Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCLA.

The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes; regional championship results; regional rankings; late-season performance; head-to-head results; results against teams/boats already selected; results against common opponents; and results against regionally ranked teams/boats. One team from each region was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.

USC's Varsity Eight boat is comprised of: (cox) Katie Weslow, (stroke) Simone Manhold, Barabora Varekova, Ligita Kaviere, Diana Ivanova, Anna Efremova, Tatiana Boldyreva, Laura McDaniel, Megan Biging.

Its JV Eight is: (cox) Liz O'Neill, (stroke) Brittany Mohr, Kate Donovan, Natalie Beglau, Dunja Pejcic, Sarah Pomeroy, Jessica Smith, Kate Kaso, Lauren Derby.

USC's Varsity Four is: (cox) Liz Zeanah, (stroke) Kinga Marciszewska, Anne Molholm, Phebe Greenwood, Shelley Koskovich

Last weekend at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma, USC placed third (behind California and Washington), its highest finish ever. USC's Varsity Four boat won the Pac-10 title.

Last year, USC's Varsity Eight finished 12th at the NCAAs. It was the sixth consecutive NCAA appearance for the Women of Troy's Varsity Eight boat.

For ticket information, call 916/278-4323 or 916/278-2222 or go online at www.hornetsports.com/sports/wcrew/championship/.

For rowing championships results, go to the NCAA Web site at www.ncaasports.com.

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