USC Women's Rowing Finishes 11th At NCAA Championships.

May 29, 2005

The USC women's rowing team, competing as a team for the first time ever at the NCAA Championships, finished 11th in the 12-team field at the 2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Sunday (May 28).

USC scored 25 points, as 2005 Pac-10 champion California won its first-ever NCAA team title with 67 points.

USC's Varsity Four crew placed sixth in the six-boat grand final in 7:25.26. The Women of Troy were in third place through the first 500 meters of the 2,000-meter race and were in fourth after the next 1,000 meters, but were overtaken at the end by California and Wisconsin. Virginia won the grand final in 7:18.42.

USC's other two boats both were fourth in the petite finals (for places 7 through 12), meaning they placed 10th overall.

The Women of Troy's Varsity Eight, ranked 10th nationally and a 12th place NCAA finisher in 2004, clocked 6:31.71, climbing from sixth through the first 500 meters and then fifth after 1,500 meters. Brown was first in the petite final in 6:24.65. California won the grand final in 6:20.74.

USC's Varsity Eight II boat recorded a 6:44.81 time. The Trojans were in second after the opening 500 meters, then fell back to fourth at the 1,000-meter mark. Washington won the petite final in 6:38.24, while Virginia captured the grand final in 6:34.19.

In the team competition, Virginia came in second with 63 points, followed by defending NCAA champion Brown (49), Ohio State (42), Princeton and Harvard (both 39), Yale (38), Michigan (35), Washington (31) and Michigan State (27). Wisconsin finished 12th behind USC with 13 points.

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