No. 8 Women's Rowing Dominate Field At San Diego Crew Classic

April 1, 2007

SAN DIEGO - Racing concluded today at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. with the No. 8 Trojans taking home the hardware in all three of their grand final events. At the finest regatta on the west coast, in America's finest city, the USC Women's Rowing team was the finest crew.

Amidst an all Pac-10 field of grand final participants, the Trojans faced stiff competition from defending Pac-10 Champion California for most of the race. With four boats in close contention halfway through the 2000-meter race, and USC in second place by a two-seat margin, senior coxswain Lauren Cowan intensified her calls and the Trojans began to make a push. With freshman stroke Gabriela Varekova pushing the tempo, the Trojans would pull even with the Cal Bears before extending to a lead of their own with 750 meters left in the race. By the 500-meter mark, the Trojans had cleared the Cal boat and were gliding with open water between them and second place but they wouldn't let up. The Women of Troy would complete the race in 6:52.23 coming in comfortably in first place, leaving California, Stanford and UCLA to battle it out for second with California (6:59.99) claiming the spot more than seven seconds behind. The win in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final marks only the second time the Trojans have won this event, with the last time in 2001.


Jessop-Whittier Cup Women's Collegiate Varsity Grand Final
Entry Time
1
USC 6:52.23
2
California 6:59.99
3
Stanford 7:01.08
4
UCLA 7:01.75
5
Oregon State 7:06.30
6
Washington State 7:06.74

Earlier in the day the JV Eight would take the water in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Women's Collegiate JV Grand Final. Coxed by sophomore coxswain Denise Kobashikawa, the JV Eight found themselves in a tightly packed field of boats. Only a couple seats ahead of California at the 1000-meter mark, the Trojans began to make their move. Powered by senior stroke Laura McDaniel, USC would pull away from the field over the last 500-meters with senior captain starboard Jessica Smith crossing the finish line at 7:06.60, ahead of second place Oregon State (7:09.82) and third place UCLA (7:10.00). Previously, the Trojans' highest finish in JV events at the Crew Classic was third in 1999. The win marks the first time the Trojans have won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy.


Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Women's Collegiate JV Grand Final
Entry Time
1
USC 7:06.60
2
Oregon State 7:09.82
3
UCLA 7:10.00
4
California 7:14.06
5
Washington State 7:18.52
6
Stanford 7:22.03

To conclude USC's races, a third varsity boat participated in the Carley Copley Cup Grand Final in the women's open division. The closest race of the day, sophomore coxswain Lisa Sabalvaro would prevail as she led her shell across the finish line only 0.29 seconds in front of second place California for a photo finish. With a time of 7:15.40, the Trojans claimed first place and took home the Carley Copley Cup for the first time in program history. Rounding out the top three in the event would be California (7:15.69) and UCLA in a distant third place at 7:33.64.


Carley Copley Cup Women's Open Grand Final
Entry Time
1
USC 7:15.40
2
California 7:15.69
3
UCLA 7:33.64
4
San Diego State 7:46.76
5
Cal Alumnae 8:04.72
6
River City 8:22.48

The Novice Eight started the morning off at 8:10 a.m. racing in the Women's Collegiate Novice Petite Final and coming in with a time of 7:09.60, good for second place behind UC Davis (7:09.60). Rounding out the rest of the field was Clemson in third with a time of 7:23.64, San Diego State, UC San Diego and Santa Clara.


Women's Collegiate Novice Petite Final
Entry Time
1
UC Davis 7:09.60
2
USC 7:16.80
3
Clemson 7:23.64
4
San Diego State 7:26.33
5
UCSD 7:29.07
6
Santa Clara 7:40.79

The Trojans will return a regular practice schedule but have next weekend without official races in preparation for a cross-country trip to Boston, Ma. where they will participate in the Charles River Challenge on Apr. 14-15.

For complete event listings and results, please visit www.crewclassic.org and for more information on rowing events around the country, please visit www.row2k.com

USC Boatings at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic


  1st Varsity Eight JV Eight 3rd Varsity Eight Novice Eight
Coxswain Lauren Cowan Denise Kobashikawa Lisa Sabalvaro Catherine Humenuk
No. 8 (Stroke) Gabriela Varekova Laura McDaniel Anna Specjalska Michelle Taft
No. 7 Magda Madziewicz Bara Varekova Shelley Koskovich Alexandra Tapley
No. 6 Ligita Kaviere Anna Efremova Phebe Greenwood Blair Bartlett
No. 5 Dunja Pejcic Nana Gagatsovi Cassie Richardson Annie Smythe
No. 4 Tatiana Boldyreva Ewelina Nowak Andrea Vehovec Lisa Greenwood
No. 3 Liene Bertasjus Kinga Marciszewska Nichole Fischbach Gigi Terril
No. 2 Robin Hextrum Carin Andersson Claire Tenscher Leah Pace
No. 1 (Bow) Diana Ivanova Jessica Smith Julia McIlvaine Kacey Maher
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