USC Finishes Eleventh at NCAA Rowing Championships

May 31, 2009

No. 16 USC finished off their season in the final day of competition on Sunday (May 31) at the NCAA Championships in Cherry Hill, NJ by taking third in the varsity eight and second varsity eight petite finals, solidifying an eleventh place finish overall.

USC was involved in a fight to the finish in the varsity eight petite finals with Ohio State. After coming out of the starting mark fast and in first, USC fell to third at the 1000m mark and held the third place spot down to the finish, just beating out Ohio State by .02 of a second. The photo finish meant a third place finish with a time of 6:23.37, behind second place Michigan at 6.19.09 and Michigan State in first at 6:19.05.

In the second varsity eight petite final, USC was in second after 500m, but then fell to third after 1000m and brought home the third place finish with a time of 6:49.19.

USC's varsity four boat started out fast from the gate and was in second place after 500m, but fell to fifth after 1000m where they would finish with a time of 7:34.71.

Today's performance for USC in the petite finals of all three races solidified an eleventh place overall finish for the Women of Troy.

Pac-10 rivals Stanford and California finished first and second, respectively overall. This is the first National Championship for Stanford in women's rowing.

Varsity Eight Petite Final

1. Michigan State 6:19.05

2. Michigan 6:19.09

3. USC 6:23.37

4. Ohio State 6:23.39

5. Washington 6:25.99

6. Clemson 6:32.25

Second Varsity Eight Petite Final

1. Michigan State 6:37.83

2. Ohio State 6:42.85

3. USC 6:46.19

4. Michigan 6:49.18

5. Clemson 6:51.60

6. Princeton 6:52.97

Varsity Four Petite Final

1. Ohio State 7:27.14

2. Brown 7:28.10

3. Washington 7:30.68

4. Michigan 7:31.00

5. USC 7:34.71

6. Harvard 7:44.49

Final Standings

1. Stanford

2. California

3. Yale

4. Virginia

5. Brown

6. Michigan State

7. Washington

8. Ohio State

9. Michigan

10. Princeton

11. USC

12. Clemson

13. Wisconsin

14. Harvard

15. Oregon State

16. Dartmouth

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