Trojans Finish 11th Overall at NCAA Championships

May 28, 2006

West Windsor, NJ - After three days of consecutive racing USC's Varsity Eight boat finished fifth in the Petite Final for an 11th-place overall finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ. It marked a disappointing finish for the fourth-ranked Trojans, who defeated some quality programs through out the season.

'I still think this is a good group of young athletes who have potential to be one of the top crews in the country and they showed this earlier in the year,' said head coach Zenon Babraj. 'But this will only happen if we can have more depth in the program and more quality competitions.'The Petite final determines places seven through 12, and Notre Dame crossed the finish line with a time of 6:47.54 to win the Varsity Eight Petite Final. It was a tight race with the top five boats finishing within four seconds of each other. The Women of Troy clocked at time of 6:51.16.

'With 8 out of 9 athletes returning from the first eight and a good class of incoming freshmen we should have an even more competitive team next year,' added Babraj.

USC entered the Petite Final after turning in a sixth place semifinals finish with a time of 6:33.76. The Trojans were entered in a much faster semifinal heat, with the top five boats in heat 1 coming in with a faster time then the winner of heat 2.Pac-10 foe, California defended its national championship, taking the team title.

2006 NCAA ChampionshipsVarsity Eight Petite Final Results

1.	Notre Dame: 00:06:47.5462.	Minnesota: 00:06:48.52803.	Washington: 00:06:49.14804.	Yale: 00:06:49.66905.	 Southern California: 00:06:51.16106.	 UCLA: 00:06:56.31907.	Stanford: 00:07:02.3670  
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