USC Women's Rowing Moves Through First Day Of NCAA Championships
May 27, 2005
The USC women's rowing team, competing as a team for the first time ever at the NCAA Championships, participated in heats on Friday (May 27) on the first day of the 2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
USC's Varsity Eight boat--ranked 10th nationally--was in the first race of the day and finished fifth in its morning six-boat heat in 6:30.22. The Women of Troy were near the lead for the first half of the 2,000-meter race, but faded in the final 1,000 meters (Yale won the heat in 6:22.06). USC's time was ninth best of the 16 boats competing in the Varsity Eight heats, but it forced the Trojans into Friday afternoon's repechage race.
In that seven-boat repechage, USC clocked 6:49.07 to place third (Michigan won in 6:47.46), allowing the Trojans to appear in Saturday's (May 28) 10:30 a.m. semifinals. If USC's Varsity Eight boat finishes in the top three of the semis, it will advance into the grand final on Sunday's (May 29); otherwise, it will be in the petite final (for places 7 through 12).
USC's Varsity II Eight crew placed fifth in its six-boat heat in 6:52.34, only the 11th best time of the 12 Varsity II boats. The Trojans never were in contention after the first 500 meters (California captured the heat in 6:39.55). That placing sent the Women of Troy into one of Saturday's two repechages at 10 a.m. If USC finishes in the top two there, it will advance into the grand final on Sunday; otherwise, Troy will participate in the petite final.
USC's Varsity Four boat was fourth in its six-boat heat in 7:32.91 (the eighth best time of the 12 Varsity Four crews). The Trojans were in contention until the race's final 500 meters (Washington won the heat in 7:25.22). The Women of Troy next will compete in one of Saturday's two repechages at 9:30 a.m. Like the Varsity II format, if USC places in the top two in the repechage, it moves into the grand final on Sunday (otherwise, it'll be in the petite final).
Friday's top times were recorded by Princeton (6:21.00) in the Varsity Eight and Virginia in both the Varsity II Eight (6:38.15) and Varsity Four (7:20.37).
Sunday's Division I grand finals and petite finals begin at 10:30 a.m.
This is the eighth consecutive year that USC has appeared in the NCAA individual races, but its first as a team. The Women of Troy captured a Varsity Four title in their 1998 NCAA debut. USC's Varsity Eight boat placed 12th at last year's NCAA championship.
Brown is the defending NCAA team champion.
Live results of the NCAA races can be viewed at http://www.jamcotimes.com/2005/ncaaw/index.htm#INDEX.