No. 8 Women's Rowing Finishes Second at San Diego Crew Classic
April 3, 2006
The USC women's rowing varsity eight boat notched a second place finish at the 33rd annual San Diego Crew Classic, its best finish since the Trojans won the Jessop Whitter Cup in 2001. The eighth-ranked Women of Troy came out on fire, they were the first off the line and lead the first 1000 meters of the race before falling to Pac-10 foe and defending national champions California.
'I think this was the closest race we have had at a regatta like this,' said Coach Kelly Babraj. 'It really showed that we just lack in experience, it was really very promising.'
The Varsity Eight close race was led by Liz O'Neill (cox), Tatiana Boldyreva,(stroke), Magda Madziewicz, Ligita Kaviere, Dunja Pejcic, Anna Efremova, Diana Ivanova, Simone Manhold, Megan Biging, with a tie of 6:54.29.
The JV Eight also had an excellent first regatta, finishing fourth behind California, Washington State and Stanford with a time of 7:00.99.
'The third, fourth and fifth boat were all very close' Babraj said of the JV team ' We could have been third and we also could have been fifth. It was a very good race for this time of year.'
The Novice finished second in the Petite final after having a rough first race on Saturday. The team caught a crab and came to a complete stop. Unfortunately the combination of the mistake and a harsh tailwind made it difficult for the Trojans to have a showing they are capable of.
The Women of Troy take to the water next weekend, in Columbus Ohio, where they take on No. 7 Ohio State, No. 14 Tennessee, and No. 13 Michigan State on April 8.
Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand FinalWomen's Varsity
1. California 6:52:102. USC 6:54:293. Washington St.6:57:834. Notre Dame 6:58:665. UCLA 7:01:976. Wisconsin 7:05:81
Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness TrophyWomen's JV Grand Final
1. California 6:54:802. Washington St. 6:55:423. Stanford 6:59:314. USC 7:00:995. Wisconsin 7:01:236. UCLA 7:04:89