Third Ranked Women's Rowing Earns No. 2 Seed For Pac-10 Championships

May 11, 2006

This Week:The USC women's rowing team , ranked third nationally, earned the No. 2 seed heading into the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, to be held Sunday, May 14, on Lake Natoma, Calif. This is the 20th annual regatta for the women. It is scheduled to begin with the prelims at 8 a.m. and the finals start at 2 p.m. USC will be racing four boats a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four and Novice Eight. Live scoring for the event will be available on the rowing page of the Pac-10 website at Live streaming video is available for both dial-up and high-speed broadband Internet users at

The Pac-10 Championships are limited to the top 20 entrants for each event in the West Region, which includes each of the seven Pac-10 rowing institutions (California, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and USC. Oregon is club status).The 2006 Pac-10 champion will be determined by the order of finish of the crews in the Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Novice Eight and Varsity Four events. The conference champion receives an automatic team bid to the NCAA Championships.

'The Pac-10 Championships is the main qualifying race for the NCAA Championships and it is the final race of our official season,' said USC head coach Zenon Babraj. 'This year the West Coast is particularly strong and the competition should be very close in several of the boats. We are looking forward to an exciting day of racing.'

USC Seedings:The top 10 seedings for the Varsity Eight championship races are as follows: California (1st), USC (2nd), Washington State (3rd), Washington (4th), UCLA (5th), Stanford (6th), Oregon State (7th), Sonoma State (8th), Loyola Marymount (9th), Gonzaga (10th).

The Trojans' other boats are seeded as follows: JV Eight (6th), Varsity Four (6th) and Novice Eight (5th).

In The Rankings: The third-ranked Women of Troy will be joined at the Pac-10 by five other opponents ranked according to the nations's top 20 in the May 10th Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing polls; No. 2 California, No. 8 Washington State, No. 11 Washington, No. 12 UCLA, and No. 16 Stanford.

Live Scoring: Live results will be available online through

USC Lineups

Varsity Eight: Cox. Liz O'Neill,stroke: Tatiana Boldyreva7. Magda Madziewicz6. Ligita Kaviere5. Dunja Pejcic,4. Anna Efremova3. Diana Ivanova2. Simone Manhold1. Megan Biging

JV Eight: Cox: Lauren Cowanstroke: Kinga Marciszewska7. Jessica Smith6. Laura McDaniel5. Shelley Koskovich4. Phebe Greenwood3. Michaellyn Blando2. Robin Hextrum1. Lauren Derby

Varsity Four: Cox: Lisa Sabalvarostroke: Nichole Fischbach3. Cassie Richardson2. Lyndsay Price1. Amy Sellmyer

Novice Eight: Cox: Denise Kobashikawastroke: Lauren KlakJulia McIlvaineCourtney PorterCali MunozClaire TenscherAngie DePetrillo-BucciCelia CarterLeilani Dimond

At The 2005 Pac-10 Championships:
For the second time in program history, USC advanced all four boats to the grand finals at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The Women of Troy clinched a third place finish overall with 53 points, the highest finish ever for the Trojans, behind California (67) and Washington (56), respectively. The Varsity Four took home the conference title after defeating the entire fleet by more than four seconds. The Varsity Eight took third, missing second place by only .2 seconds to Stanford.

Looking Towards The 2006 NCAAs: The 10th annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. from Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28. USC is looking to earn its second ever team bid to the Championships after receiving its first last year after finishing 11th as a team.

Race Schedule8:10 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 2 Stanford, Washington, USC, Oregon State

8:20 a.m. Novice Eight Heat 1 California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Sonoma State

8: 50 a.m. JV Eight Heat 2 California, Washington State, USC, Oregon State, Sonoma State

9:30 a.m. Varsity Eight USC, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State, Gonzaga, San Diego State