Women's Rowing Varsity Eight Crew Wins Newport Autumn Rowing Festival

Nov. 4, 2002

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Under first-year head coaches Kelly and Zenon Babraj, the USC women's rowing Varsity Eight 'A' crew showed that it is more than ready for the 2003 season by winning its first race of the fall. The Trojans took first place at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival held at the Newport Beach Aquatic Center this Sunday, Nov. 3.

USC raced three boats in the Women's Open Eight division. The 'B' boat finished fifth in a time of 18:02, while the 'C' boat finished 21st in 20:16. The 'A' and 'B' boats were made up of all varsity rowers, while the 'C' carried five varsity rowers and four novice team members.

It was not an easy race for USC's eights as the 'A' crew managed to win the race in a time 17:21 despite broken equipment. In the first minute of the race, Sarah Pomeroy's (No. 2 seat) oar broke and for the remainder of the race she was forced to become a passenger and leave only seven rowers to propel the boat. Despite the handicap the Women of Troy started first and finished first, crossing the line four seconds ahead of second-place finisher Loyola Marymount.

USC's novice boats finished fifth and 20th in the Women's Frosh/Novice race. The 'A' boat crossed the finish line in 19:09, just 14 seconds behind fourth-place Loyola Marymount, while the 'B' boat was timed at 22:49.

Following are the complete lineups and top five finishers of each race.

Women's Open Eight
1. USC 'A' - 17:21
2. Loyola Marymount 'A' - 17:24
3. UCLA 'A' - 17:53
4. CS Sacramento - 18:00
5. USC 'B' - 18:02
21. USC 'C' - 20:16

Varsity Eight 'A' Lineup: Melissa Zimel (cox), Andrea Korom, April Hudlett, Marketa Vochoskova, Katrin Gleie, Lauren Buford, Andria Shook, Sarah Pomeroy, Megan Biging.

Varsity Eight 'B' Lineup: Kathryn Weslow (cox), Kate Kaso, Brenda Bower, Kate Donovan, Margeaux Witte, Sarah Meade, Julia Miles, Courtney Jacobs, Brittany Mohr.

Varsity Eight 'C' Lineup: Eilene Kales (cox), Aita Romain, Maria Tovar, Kate Bartlett, Amanda Cross, Lacy Zobel, Ashley Christensen, Carly Kahoe, Krystal Sly

Women's Frosh/Novice Eight
1. San Diego State 'A' - 18:02
2. CS Sacramento - 18:37
3. Orange Coast College 'A' - 18:52
4. Loyola Marymount - 18:55
5. USC 'A' - 19:09
20. USC 'B' - 22:49

Novice 'A' Lineup: Eilene Kales (cox), Brigid McManama, Lauren Derby, Chloe Brown, Michaellyn Blando, Gillian Singletary, Angela Sturman, Vanessa Kirianoff, Michelle Laug

Novice 'B' Lineup: Kate Bartlett (cox), Anna Walther, Laura Verhaeghe, Kris Silva, Lacy Zobel, Alecia Alianell, Erin Kunkle, Megan Wilmot

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