Feature: No. 1 Women Of Troy Head To NCAA Regatta

May 23, 2007

By Jason Finkelstein
Daily Trojan

May 23, 2007

Los Angeles, CA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- At the beginning of the season, this weekend would have been the icing on the cake for the USC women's rowing team. Now that their final regatta is upon them, however, the Women of Troy look to finish off an undefeated season at the varsity eight level and earn some more team accolades as well.

USC concludes its season by racing at the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships May 25-27 at Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Women of Troy earned an automatic spot among the twelve competing teams by winning the Pacific-10 championship May 13. The Women of Troy's triumph was keyed by their victorious and nationally No. 1 ranked first varsity eight.

This will be USC's second appearance as a team at the NCAA championships. In 2005, the Women of Troy finished eleventh in the competition.

Other competing teams include Brown, California, Harvard, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Yale. Each school will race a first varsity eight, a second varsity eight and a four.

The national champion and final standings will be determined by a weighted point system where each team will receive points based on their order of finish in the three races.

Additionally, four schools were invited as 'at-large eights,' which means that they will only race in the first eight event and will not be considered in the team standings. USC's competed in this category in 2006 and among this year's at-large eight selections are conference rivals Stanford and UCLA.

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