USC Rowing Takes to Lake Natoma in Search of Pac-10 Title

May 14, 2009

The No. 12 USC women's crew will travel up to Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. in search of their second Pac-10 crown on Sunday (May 17). The Women of Troy will compete against Pac-10 rivals in the varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity eight and novice. This year, the rules have changed to qualify for NCAA Championships, as a school can only qualify as a team, so USC's varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity eight are looking to show well over the weekend.

USC will have to face tough competition as the Stanford women earned the No. 1 ranking in the May 6 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Following Stanford is Cal ranked No.2, Washington at No. 9, USC at No. 12, Oregon State close behind at No. 13, No. 15 WSU and No. 19 UCLA.

Starting out competition for the USC will be the varsity four who will take to the water at 8:10 a.m. out of lane two in the second qualifying heat. USC will compete against Cal, WSU and UCLA.

At 8:20 a.m. the second varsity eight will come out of lane three to compete in qualifying heat one. Also in that heat are Stanford, WSU, Sacramento State and Gonzaga.

At 8:40 a.m. USC's varsity eight will take to competition in the first qualifying heat from lane two against Stanford, OSU, Gonzaga and Sacramento State.

Rounding out morning competition will be the novice eight coming out of lane four to battle Washington, Cal, Gonzaga and UCLA.

In the afternoon session the teams will either compete in the petite or grand final depending upon their finish in the qualifiers. Boats must finish in the top three of their heat to qualify for the grand final. The rest of the field will race in the afternoon in petite finals. The varsity four grand final is at 2:20 p.m.; 2 p.m. for the novice eight; 2:40 p.m. for the second varsity eights and 3:20 p.m. for the varsity eights. The awards ceremony and announcement of the all-conference teams will immediately follow the final race of the day.

Event champions are determined based on the top finish in the grand final. However, the team champion is determined through a point system. Full seedings, schedules and an explanation of the scoring system used for the championships can be found at the official Pac-10 website.

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Probable Lineups

Varsity Eight:

Cox Lisa Sabalvaro

8 Iskra Angelova

7 Liene Bertasjus

6 Ivana Filipovic

5 Magdalena Bloch

4 Anna Wierzbowska

3 Magdalena Madziewicz

2 Maria Wilgotsson

1 Ewa Tymoszewska

Second Varsity Eight:

Cox Lisa Kolstad

8 Robin Hextrum

7 Andrea Vehovec

6 Carin Andersson

5 Magdalena Janicka

4 Gabriela Zarate-DeMacedo

3 Nana Gagatsovi or Alexandra Tapley

2 Anna Janicka

1 Cassie Richardson

Varsity 4+:

Cox Dionne Licudine

4 Anna Specjalska

3 Ewelina Nowak

2 Lenka Vrecnikova

1 Kinga Mikolajczyk

Novice 8:

Cox Reem Itani

8 Jenna Frederickson

7 Alexis Nichols

6 Alexis Dirvin

5 Anna Phillips

4 Emily Hacker

3 Lauren Rose Scanlon

2 Alexandra Smith

1 Lauren Smolenski

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