Bruins Fall to USC, 5-2

March 30, 2002

Wilmington, Calif. - The UCLA women's rowing team traveled to Wilmington to compete against cross-town rival USC for the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. The Bruins fell to the Women of Troy in front of about seventy-five spectators by a score of 5-2. USC captured all five points for women's rowing toward the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge and furthered their lead, 52.5 - 37.5.

In the first race of the morning, the Varsity 4, the Bruins had an early three-seat advantage over USC 500 meters into the race. With 750 meters left to go, the Bruins had increased their lead to a slight open water advantage. They went on to win the race with a time of 8:34.8, 12-seconds faster than the Women of Troy (8:46.9). The Bruins earned one point for the event and took the early lead, 1-0.

'I knew that if we put up a decent lineup together we might be able to race with them,' stated head coach, Amy Fuller. 'I was really pleased to see that we (Varsity 4) were able to do that. They had a good row, and they haven't practiced very much together at all, so for their first time rowing the four, I was pretty pleased with their performance.'

In the Novice 8 race, the Bruins took a four-seat advantage at the starting sprint. At the halfway point, UCLA maintained a lead of a boat length of open water. The UCLA Novice 8 rowed to victory in a time of 7:20.4. The USC 'A' boat (7:27.0) trailed UCLA by 7-seconds, while the USC 'B' boat finished in 8:02.6, 42-seconds behind the Bruins. UCLA earned one point for the event, extending their lead, 2-0.

'I'm happy with the Novice 8's performance,' stated Fuller. 'I think they're coming along. We still need to work on our stroke rate, cadence, and attack.'

In Junior Varsity competition, the Women of Troy took the early advantage, with UCLA bow to stern 500 meters into the race. USC continued to increase their lead and won the event by about two lengths of open water. USC finished with a time of 7:11.7, and the Bruins crossed the line 14-seconds slower at 7:25.6. USC earned two points for the event, tying the score, 2-2.

In Varsity competition, the Women of Troy exhibited an impressive performance, starting with a stroke rate of 42 strokes/minute and gaining an early seven-seat advantage. USC breezed to victory in a time of 6:36.0, 35-seconds faster than UCLA (7:11.9). The Bruins, however, continue to improve their 2k times this season, 4-seconds faster than last week at the Berg Cup (7:15.92). USC also bettered their time from last week (6:45.3) against San Diego State, an improvement of almost ten seconds. USC earned three points in this final event to take the lead and the victory, 5-2.

The Bruins return to action on April 6 and 7 at the San Diego Crew Classic, one of the largest regattas in the nation. The events are scheduled to take place all day.

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