USC's Varsity Eight Defeats Ohio State and Michigan

April 8, 2006

Columbus, Ohio - The fourth-ranked Trojans took on fifth-ranked Ohio State and tenth-ranked Michigan in two-dual meets Saturday, April 8 on the Greggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. USC's Varsity Eight boat was victorious in both of its races, defeating the Buckeyes les then a second with a time of 6:23.40 and overcoming the Wolverines by almost two seconds after clocking a 6:21.40 for the afternoon.

The Varsity Eight showed just how much it has improved and come together over the past year by defeating Ohio State after loosing to them last year by almost six seconds. The fourth place ranking the Trojans earned on April 5, is the highest ranking they have received since Zenon and Kelly Babraj began coaching at USC in 2002.

The Women of Troy were not as successful in the other their other three boats. The Trojans fell in both races to Ohio State and Michigan in the Varsity Four and JV Eight. In the Second Varsity Four race USC was downed by Ohio State and Tennessee when they competed against the two teams in the morning and afternoon sessions.

The next time the Trojans take to the water will be at home on Saturday, April 29 when they take on cross-town rival UCLA for crucial Lexus Gauntlet points. USC has conquered the Bruins in every meeting since 2002 when the Gauntlet challenge began.

 Results 

Morning Session

Second Varsity Four1. Ohio State 7:34.202. Tennessee 7:46.923. USC 7:51.38

First Varsity Four1. Ohio State 7:28.502. USC 7:44.06

JV Eight1. Ohio State 6:31.302. USC 6:39.32

Varsity Eight1.USC 6:23.402.Ohio State 6:23.93

Afternoon Session

Second Varsity Four1. Ohio State 7:28.402. Tennessee 7:38.983. USC 7:41.32

Varsity Four1. Michigan 7:37.402. USC 7:47.69

JV Eight1. Michigan 6:29.202. USC 6:31.90

Varsity Eight1. USC 6:21.402. Michigan 6:23.24

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