No. 1 Women's Rowing Edges No. 14 UCLA In Annual Dual

April 28, 2007

MARINA DEL REY, CALIF. - The No. 1 USC women's rowing team defeated No. 14 UCLA in the annual dual from Ballona Creek in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Including the unofficial 2nd varsity four race, the Trojans have now won 15 of the 24 individual head to head races in the six-year annual dual and also own a 6-0 record overall against the Bruins since the inception of the Lexus Gauntlet.

For the third consecutive year, a single point decided the dual with the Trojans clinching the victory by a score of 4-3. USC would earn a total of four points by winning the varsity eight and varsity four races. The Bruins' JV eight would defeat the USC JV eight by six seconds to earn two points, and gain their final point by outpacing the USC novice eight boat across open water and by almost twenty-two seconds.

The dual race winner is determined by a point system similar to the one used at the Pac-10 Championships. Three (3) points were awarded to the varsity eight winner, two (2) to the JV eight winner and one (1) point apiece to the winners of the varsity four and novice eight races for a total of seven possible points.

Getting first run at the water, the varsity four boats lined up for what would become a close race in the end. Coxed by sophomore Lisa Sabalvaro, bow-seat Cassie Richardson and USC would cross the finish line first; defeating the Bruins varsity four squad by a little more than three seconds, 7:18.65 to 7:21.86. The victory helped brings the varsity four record in the annual dual to 3-3 over the past six years.

Varsity Four
1. USC 7:18.65
2. UCLA 7:21.86

Next, the Trojans' top-ranked varsity eight boat took the stage and jumped out to a solid lead. With sophomore Magda Madziewicz, junior Ligita Kaviere and junior Dunja Pejcic providing a consistent motor, the boat would maintain a hold on their advantage throughout the race to outlast a strong UCLA push by a time of 6:27.00 to 6:32.61. Earning three points in the dual, the win is the sixth straight victory over the Bruins for the USC varsity eight in as many years of the dual race. The varsity eight win would also clinch a Trojan victory in the dual for the sixth consecutive year

Varsity Eight
1. USC 6:27.00
2. UCLA 6:32.61

The USC JV eight would not fare as well as their varsity counterpart, suffering the first defeat by a varsity Trojan boat this season. A race that began somewhat close would see UCLA create a lead at the 1000-meter mark and extend it to nearly one full boat-length by races' end. Running out of gas in the final 100-meters, the Trojans' time of 6:42.73 was not enough to overcome the 6:36.84 mark set by the UCLA JV eight on this day. The defeat drops the JV eight record in the annual dual to 3-2-1 with the tie recorded in 2005.

JV Eight
1. UCLA 6:36.84
2. USC 6:42.73

Not receiving points in the dual, the 2nd varsity four would race next. Led by senior coxswain Anna Liberovsky and stroke, sophomore Julia McIlvaine, the second four kept the race close halfway through the 2000-meter course. Things would stay close for the entire contest but with a time of 7:31.40, freshman Leah Pace would take the bow across the finish line just two seconds ahead of the Bruin four who would come in with a time of 7:33.51.

2nd Varsity Four
1. USC 7:31.40
2. UCLA 7:33.51

The novice eight would finish up the day by racing two UCLA boats, only one of which was designated as an official racing boat. Coming into the day, USC has only recorded a novice boat victory once in the history of the dual race, with the four-second winning margin coming a year ago at the Port of Los Angeles. UCLA's notoriously strong novice crew would put on a show, opening a boat-lengths lead only halfway through the race. Facing a significant open-water deficit, the Trojans would let up, eventually allowing the UCLA novice B squad to overtake them as well. At 6:57.29, the Trojan novice eight would finish third out of three boats, behind times of 6:51.26 by UCLA novice B and a winning time of 6:45.66 by UCLA novice A. With the defeat, the Trojan novice now holds a 1-4 record in the six years of the annual dual.

Novice Eight
1. UCLA "A" 6:45.66
2. UCLA "B" 6:51.26
3. USC 6:57.29

The UCLA dual concludes the regular season for the USC Trojans. Next up, the Women of Troy will race four boats at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma at Sacramento, Calif. on May 13, 2007.

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Boatings from 2007 USC vs. UCLA Dual

  Varsity Eight JV Eight Varsity Four 2nd Varsity Four Novice Eight
Cox Lauren Cowan Denise Kobashikawa Lisa Sabalvaro Anna Liberovsky Catherine Humenuk
1 (Stroke) Gabriela Varekova Laura McDaniel Anna Specjalska Julia McIlvaine Andrea Vehovec
2 Magda Madziewicz Bara Varekova Shelley Koskovich Claire Tenscher Annie Smythe
3 Ligita Kaviere Anna Efremova Phebe Greenwood Nichole Fischbach Michelle Taft
4 Dunja Pejcic Nana Gagatsovi Cassie Richardson Leah Pace Emma Ongaro
5 Tatiana Boldyreva Ewelina Nowak     Lisa Greenwood
6 Liene Bertasjus Kinga Marciszewska     Gigi Terril
7 Robin Hextrum Carin Andersson     Blair Bartlett
8 (Bow) Diana Ivanova Jessica Smith     Alexandra Tapley
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