No. 3 USC Overcomes No. 15 UCLA in Annual Dual Meet
April 29, 2006
No. 3 USC women's rowing team defeated No. 15 UCLA for the fifth consecutive time with a score of 4-3 Saturday morning (April 29) at the USC boathouse in the Port of Los Angeles. The Trojans clinched the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy outright with the five points The Women of Troy earned today. USC posted wins in the Varsity Eight and the Novice Eight.
USC started off the day with a close race in the Varsity Four, pulling ahead of the Bruins in the first 1,000 meters of the race and then falling in the last half, but keeping it close with a time of 7:18.78 to UCLA's winning time of 7:15.40.
Next came the third-ranked Varsity Eights who came off the line ahead of the Bruins and never fell behind, winning the race in a time of 6:21.05, almost three seconds ahead of UCLA's 6:24.91.
'Overall this was a good race for us, we took it very seriously,' said senior captain Megan Biging. 'This is our last race before Pac-10s and I think this is a great way to head into the post season.'
Following the Varsity Eights came the JV Eights, who gave the Bruins a close race, but fell 6:28.36 to 6:24.64. After the JV Eights the meet was tied up 3-3 and the fate rested in the hands of the Novice Eight. USC came out on fire and over came UCLA, giving the Trojans the meet winning point.
The winner of the annual USC-UCLA dual is determined b by a point system similar to the one used at the Pac-10 Championships. Three points are awarded to the Varsity Eight winner, two to the JV Eight and one apiece to the winners of the Varsity Four and Novice Eight races. The Women of Troy have defeated the Bruins in women's rowing for all five years of the Gantlet challenge. USC now has 62.5 points in this year's competition and UCLA has 42.5.
This is the Women of Troy's final regular season race before heading to Lake Natoma, Calif., for the Pac-10 Championships on Sun. (May 14).
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