Women's Rowing Splits Dual Meet Against USC

April 30, 2006

Saturday was a solid day of racing for the UCLA women's rowing team as the Bruins took on the Trojans of USC. It proved to be a great match-up between the LA programs as the teams split the four events. Both teams have held strong in the national rankings this year with USC's V8 ranked No. 3 and the Bruin's V8 at No. 15.

UCLA's varsity four and second varsity eight boats were victorious after putting together strong performances. Said Coach Amy Fuller Kearney, 'I am very proud of the V4 and 2V8. Both of these squads have really improved over the last couple weeks and now have the confidence to put together a strong 2000m.'

The Bruin's varsity eight had a little trouble off the start against the quick starting crew from USC. Coach Fuller Kearney was pleased with how the Bruins regained their composure and kept up with the Trojans after a mediocre start. 'After our starting troubles, we could have folded but instead we fought down the course. It was a good sign for this team,' said Coach Fuller Kearney. The Bruins knew that it would take an essentially perfect race to beat the third ranked V8 in the country and look forward to seeing the Trojans at the Pac-10 Championships in a couple of weeks.

In the novice eight category, USC was able to pull out a six second victory over the Bruins.

Varsity Eight
1. USC - 6:21.05
2. UCLA - 6:24.91

Second Varsity Eight
1. UCLA - 6:24.64
2. USC - 6:28.36

Varsity Four
1. UCLA - 7:15.40
2. USC - 7:18.78

Novice Eight
1. USC - 6:44.46
2. UCLA - 6:50.41

LOOKING AHEAD -- The post-season begins on Saturday, May 13th with the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, held in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

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