Rowing Heads North For Pac-10 Championships

May 10, 2001

Coming Up -- The USC women's rowing team, currently ranked No. 4 according to USRowing and the CRCA, heads north this week for the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Rowing Championships. This marks the 15th annual race for the Pac-10 women, and USC's ninth year of participation. This year's event will be held on Sunday, May 13, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Probable USC Lineups -- The USC Varsity Eight boat enters the 2001 Pac-10 Championships with a first-ever No. 1 seed, followed by Washington and Cal. A team bid to the NCAA Championships weighs heavily on the performance of the JV Eight boat (seeded third) and the Varsity Four (seeded eighth). The Novice Eight boat enters as the ninth seed. Following are USC's lineups, race times and lane assignments.

  Varsity Eight	JV Eight
8. R. Moneymaker April Hudlett
7. Amelia White Julia Miles
6. M. Vochoskova Emma Graglia
5. Zo� Hoskins Andrea Korom
4. Sarah Mengler J. Brunzlaff
3. Amy Pearce Suzanne Rosso
2. Katrin Gleie Katie Sadalski
1. Ivelina Boteva J. DeLapoyade
C Jenny Lysaght Melissa Zimel

Varsity Four Novice Eight
8. Shruthi Aradhya
7. Margeaux Witte
6. Raven Taylor
5. Amber Aura
4. Sara Senno S. Slaughter-Mason
3. Alysia Piffero Amanda Brown
2. Lauren Buford Amanda Cross
1. Andria Shook Nani Gadd
C S. McElderry Christian Radley

8 a.m. - WV4 - H1 9 a.m. - WN8 - H1
Lane 1 Washington Washington State
Lane 2 Cal Oregon State
Lane 3 Saint Mary's Cal
Lane 4 USC Sac State
Lane 5 San Diego USC
Lane 7 W. Washington Oregon

9:30 - WJV8 - H2 9:40 - WV8 - H1
Lane 1 Washington State USC
Lane 2 USC Stanford
Lane 3 Stanford Sacramento State
Lane 4 UC Davis UC Santa Barbara
Lane 5 Sacramento State Humboldt State
Lane 6 UCSB Saint Mary's
Lane 7 Chapman

Last Year At Pac-10 Championships -- Seeded third at the start of the races, USC's Varsity Eight finished as expected and earned a bid to the NCAA championships. The Junior Varsity Eight boat fell just one spot shy of also receiving a postseason invitation finishing 10 seconds behind Washington State.

Women's Varsity Eight Grand Final 
1. Washington 6:27.5
2. California 6:29.6
3. Oregon State 6:39.8
4. USC 6:43.1
5. Washington State 6:50.8
6. Sacramento State 6:54.6

Women's JV Eight Grand Final
1. Washington 7:25.7
2. California 7:31.6
3. USC 7:36.5
4. Washington State 7:46.0
5. Oregon State 7:51.5
6. San Diego State 8:14.0

Women's Varsity Four Petite Final
1. Saint Mary's 8:26.7
2. UC Davis 8:35.5
3. USC 8:42.4
4. San Diego State 9:07.3

Women's Novice Eight 3 Final
1. San Diego State 7:37.7
2. Humboldt State 7:45.3
3. Stanford 7:49.9
4. USC 7:55.7
5. Santa Clara 8:02.4
6. UCLA 8:27.0

Varsity Wins Jessop Whittier Cup, JV Battles Rough Waters -- In one of the biggest upsets in the 28-year history of the San Diego Crew Classic, USC edged nine-time defending champion Washington to win the prestigious Jessop Whittier Cup, April 8 on Mission Bay. The Women of Troy nipped the Huskies by a seat length giving Washington it's first loss in the women's varsity eight grand final since 1991. USC rowed against the shore in lane one, while the Huskies set out in lane two. Overcoming a difficult four-second deficit in the second 500 meters, the Trojans made their move in the third 500 leg of the course as the two boats entered neck-and-neck. USC made the final push in the final 100 meters, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:52.1, while Washington finished in 6:53.03.

In the JV eight Grand Final, the Women of Troy finished fourth (7:12.63) despite drawing lane six and battling rough waters. USC trailed WSU by only five-tenths of a second, while Washington crossed the line first in a time of 7:05.73 and Virginia finished second in 7:07.75. The boat's final performance came a day after the Trojans were forced to fight the hardest battle just to secure its spot in the divisional final. In the qualifying heat on Saturday, USC's boat began taking on water from high swells in the second half of the 2,000-meter course. By the time the team reached the finish line the rowers were up to their waist in water and rescue efforts had began. The competition was cancelled for nearly six hours due to the harsh conditions.

2001 NCAA Championships -- The Women's National Collegiate Championships/NCAA Championships will be held on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The events will take place Friday-Sunday, May 25-27. There will be three events - Varsity Eight, JV Eight and Fours - and each will cover a 2,000-meter course. Ten teams will be selected to compete, in addition to nine individual boats chosen from unrepresented teams.

Last Year At NCAA Championships -- USC's Varsity Eight boat was the Trojans' lone representative at the 2000 NCAA championships. The races were held in Camden County, N.J. on the Cooper River, May 26-28. Following are USC's final results:

Women's Varsity Eight Final
To Determine Places 13-19

1. Yale 6:36.39
2. USC 6:39.79
3. Oregon State 6:40.39
4. UC Davis 6:50.50
5. Williams 6:53.50
6. William Smith 6:53.70
7. Wesleyan 7:08.10

USC History at NCAA Championships -- Since the USC women's rowing program began offering scholarships in 1994, the Trojans have made three appearances in the NCAA Championships - 1998, 1999, 2000. Most notably, USC captured the Women's Varsity Four national title in 1998 by defeating eventual 1999 champion Brown. One of the rowers from USC's title team is currently in her final season with the Women of Troy - Rebecca Moneymaker.

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