USC's Varsity Four Boat Advances To NCAA Rowing Grand Final
May 28, 2005
The USC women's rowing team qualified its Varsity Four boat into the grand finals of the 2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in races on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Saturday (May 28), while its other two boats will participate in the petite finals.
The Women of Troy's 2005 Pac-10 champion Varsity Four crew finished second in 7:27.26 in its five-boat repechage race, allowing it to advance into Sunday's (May 29) 10:45 a.m. grand final. USC was in second throughout the 2,000-meter race, finishing behind California (7:24.28). Also competing for the NCAA Varsity Four crown on Sunday will be Washington, Virginia, Brown, Wisconsin and California. USC captured a Varsity Four title in its 1988 NCAA debut.
USC's Varsity Eight and Varisty Eight II boats didn't fare as well on Saturday and will compete in Sunday's petite finals (for places 7 through 12).
The Varsity Eight, ranked 10th nationally, was competing in its third race in 24 hours. The Trojans trailed the field throughout the competition and finished last in their 6-boat semifinal in 6:52.38. Princeton won in 6:35.77. The Women of Troy will be in Sunday's 11:45 a.m. petite final. Last year, USC's Varsity Eight boat place 12th at the NCAA Championship.
The Varsity Eight II boat came in fifth, and last, in its repechage race in 6:59.26. The Trojans were second after the first 500 meters, but then faded. Brown won the race in 6:44.68. USC will be in Sunday's 11 a.m. petite final.
This is the eighth consecutive year that USC has appeared in the NCAA individual races, but its first as a team.
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.