Trojans Finish Eighth After Strong NCAA Championships

May 30, 2010

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USC's No. 10 women's rowing team completed one of its best NCAA performances on Sunday (May 30), finishing eighth overall at the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.

For the first time in school history, USC had two boats race in Grand Finals. The Trojans' Varsity Eight finished sixth in 6:34.21 while USC's Varsity Four took fourth in 7:14.87.

USC, making its fourth team appearance at the NCAAs, finished eighth with 52 points. Virginia won the team title with 87 points. California was second (82) and was followed by Princeton (76), Stanford (75), Brown (71), Yale (66), Wisconsin (55), USC, Michigan State (51), UCLA (31), Washington State (29), Ohio State (22), Clemson (21) and Tennessee (12).

The Trojans' appearance in the Varsity Eight Grand Final on Sunday was its fourth in program history and the first since finishing third in 2007. USC also was sixth in the race in 2003 and fourth in 2001. The Varsity Four's entry into the Grand Final was the team's third. USC finished sixth in the race in 2005 and won it in 1998.

USC's Varsity Eight of cox Dionne Licudine, Ivana Filipovic, Liene Bertasjus, Lenka Vrecnikova, Helen Tinkus, Anna Wierzbowska, Maria Wilgotsson, Iskra Angelova and Ewa Tymoszewska finished in 6:34.21. Yale won the race in 6:24.76 with Virginia second (6:25.65), Princeton third (6:27.06), Cal fourth (6:27.60), Stanford fifth (6:31.30) and USC sixth.

USC's Varsity Four of cox Caroline Trawick, Carin Andersson, Caroline Sederowsky, Kate McFetridge and Kinga Mikolajczyk finished in 7:14.87. Virginia was first (7:07.98) with Cal second (7:13.18), Wisconsin third (7:13.72), USC fourth, Brown fifth (7:18.49) and Washington sixth (7:19.31). USC was third after fourth after 500 meters, edged in front of Wisconsin over the next 1000 meters before falling slightly behind the Badgers by race's end.

Troy's Second Varsity Eight of cox Jennah Blau, Marlena Adamska, Andrea Vehovec, Ewelina Nowak, Jelena Zelenovic, Gabriela Zarate-DeMacedo, Magda Janicka, Jana Vyhnankova and Anna Janicka competed in the Third Final, where it finished second in 6:43.99 (14th overall). Tennessee won the race (6:41.50) with UCLA third (6:46.49) and Clemson fourth (6:50.77).

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