Bertasjus Named All-Pac-10 First Team

May 27, 2010

USC senior Liene Bertasjus was selected as a 2010 All-Pac-10 Rowing first teamer and is among 13 rowers that earned first-team all-conference honors the Pac-10 announced on Thursday (May 27).

It is Bertasjus' second such honor. Members of the All-Conference rowing team are selected based upon each institution's finish in the varsity eight championship race at the Conference Championships, which was held May 16 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Conference champion provides four members of the All-Conference team, the Pac-10 second-place crew provides three members, and the Pac-10 third-place finisher provides two. All other participating Conference crews receive one selection each.

Bertasjus, 2010 USC co-captain and a two-time CRCA/Pocock All-American in 2008 and 2009, has been one of USC's team leaders for the past two years. For the second year in a row, Bertasjus has been a powerhouse rower from the seven seat of USC's Varsity Eight.

If rowing teams kept head-to-head win-loss records, USC's first varsity eight would be 18-3 so far this year. It finished second out of eight crews at the San Diego Crew Classic (6-1, behind only No. 1 Virginia), defeated Clemson and Notre Dame in head-to-head competition (2-0), won a race against Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State (3-0) and easily handled UCLA (1-0). At the Pac-10s (6-2), it finished third, behind only No. 3 California and No. 4 Stanford.

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