Women's Crew Wins Three of Four At USC

April 27, 2003

San Pedro, CA - The unfamiliar waters of the Los Angeles Harbor were not a factor asthe Cardinal Women's Crew took the V8, 2V8, and the N8 events overhost USC.

The varsity four kicked off the morning schedule. The Stanford boatgot off to a rocky start losing seats in the first 10 strokes of therace. The boat managed to settle down but could not make up the lostground losing to the Trojans by 5.2 seconds. Senior Stacie Solt saidof her boats race, 'It was a solid race but we just could not inchour way back. I have great confidence in this boat over the next twoweeks as we work to move up in the Pac-10.'

The second varsity rebounded from a two second defeat to USC at theSan Diego Crew classic by winning today by open water. The boatscame off the start even but the Cardinal gained throughout the bodyof the race winning by 4.7 seconds. Junior Molly Loeb states, 'Thiswas a huge race for our boat after two weeks of solid practice. Wegot a length and every time they would move a little closer we wouldmove back.'

As anticipated, the varsity eight event was a hotly contested racefrom start to finish with USC getting an early lead. At the 500meter to go mark the Cardinal grabbed the momentum and rallied to afull boat length lead. Senior Laurie Benson states, 'Weanticipated that USC would be right with us down the course just likethey were in San Diego. We kept our composure and stayed with themand then took the lead in the sprint.'

With rowers doubling from the varsity four the novice eight got offto a two-seat lead from their start. USC made a strong move in thesecond 500 meters and pulled bow to stern by the halfway mark. Atthe 1250 meter point a Trojan rower had a miscue with her oar.Stanford took advantage of the mistake and raced to a 23 second win.

Next up for the women's crew is their last home race of the seasonwhere they will face cross-bay rival California on Saturday. May 3.Races will begin at 9:00 am.

V4		USC		        7.34.5		Stanford	7.39.72V8		Stanford		6.37.0		USC		6.41.7V8		Stanford		6.31.2		USC		6.34.2N8		Stanford		7.12.8		USC		7.36.0
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