Rowing Advances All Four Boats To Grand Final

May 16, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - For the first time in program history, the USC women's rowing team advanced all four boats - a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four and Novice Eight - to the grand finals of the 2004 Pac-10 Championships held on Sunday, May 16, on Lake Natoma.

USC's solid performance in all four events earned the Women of Troy a fourth-place overall finish with 48 points. California (69 points), Washington (62) and Washington State (50) finished first, second and third, respectively.

Leading the way was the Women of Troy's 15th-ranked Varsity Eight boat, which placed third in a time of 6:50.4. California crossed the finish line in 6:43.8 and Washington followed in 6:47.6. Cal's victory was its first in the Varsity Eight race since 1979 and was one of three wins for the Bears on Sunday.

In the JV Eight grand final, the Bears finished the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6:48.4, followed by Washington State (6:50.1), Washington (6:54.5), USC (7:04.9), Oregon State (7:05.9) and UCLA (7:17.7).

USC's Novice Eight crew, displaying the greatest improvement from season's past, made its first-ever Grand Final appearance. The Trojans placed sixth in a time of 7:24.3, preceded by race-winner Cal (6:58.7), Washington (7:01.7), Oregon State (7:03.0), Washington State (7:04.2) and UCLA (7:11.9)

In the varsity four grand final, Washington was victorious with a time of 7:43.7, followed by Cal (7:51.3), Oregon State (7:53.3), Washington State (7:59.1), Stanford (8:05.8) and sixth-place USC (8:06.0).

The Pac-10 Championships are limited to the top 21 entrants for each event in the West Region, which includes each of the seven Pac-10 rowing institutions (Cal, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and USC; Oregon is club status).

Today's championship marks the end of the women's rowing regular season. Since the advent of the NCAA Championships in 1997, holding the Pac-10's on the final weekend allows the selection committee to compare virtually all the West Coast (Pac-10 and non Pac-10) crews under comparable race conditions. With no time standard to meet, boats competing in the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be named by a selection committee on Tuesday, May 18.

The NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will take place at the CSUS Aquatic Center on Friday-Sunday, May 28-30. It will mark the third time that Sacramento State and the CSUS Aquatic Center have served as hosts to the event.

Pacific-10 Championships - May 16, 2004
Rancho Cordova, Calif. (Lake Natoma)

Varsity Eight Grand Final
(1) Cal - 6:43.8
(2) Washington - 6:47.6
(3) USC - 6:50.4
(4) Stanford - 6:53.1
(5) Washington State - 6:56.1
(6) UCLA - 7:08.1

Varsity Eight - (cox) Liz Zeanah, (stroke) Andrea Korom, (7) Andria Shook, (6) Sarah Pomeroy, (5) Simone Manhold, (4) Lauren Buford, (3) Anne Molholm, (2) Sarah Meade, (bow) Barbora Varekova

JV Eight Grand Final
(1) Cal - 6:48.4
(2) Washington State - 6:50.1
(3) Washington - 6:54.5
(4) USC - 7:04.9
(5) Oregon State - 7:05.9
(6) UCLA - 7:17.7

JV Eight - (cox) Kathryn Weslow, (stroke) Kinga Marciszewska, (7) Megan Biging, (6) Kate Kaso, (5) Kate Donovan, (4) Anna Efremova, (3) Julia Miles, (2) Lacy Zobel, (bow) Lauren Derby

Varsity Four Grand Final
(1) Washington - 7:43.7
(2) Cal - 7:51.3
(3) Oregon State - 7:53.3
(4) Washington State - 7:59.1
(5) Stanford - 8:05.8
(6) USC - 8:06.0
(7) UCLA - NTT

Varsity Four - (cox) Melissa Zimel, (stroke) Geraldine Schulz, (3) Margeaux Witte, (2) Candice Watkins, (bow) Brenda Bower

Novice Eight Grand Final
(1) Cal - 6:58.7
(2) Washington - 7:01.7
(3) Oregon State - 7:03.0
(4) Washington State - 7:04.2
(5) UCLA - 7:11.9
(6) USC - 7:24.3

Novice Eight - (cox) Lauren Cowan, (8) Anastasia Mazula, (7) Golden Broughton, (6) Natalie Beglau, (5) Sunday Tsai, (4) LaNita Campbell, (3) Laura McDaniel, (2) Jessica Smith, (bow) Lyndsay Price

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