Rowing Finishes Sixth in NCAA Petite Final, 12th Overall

May 30, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - On the final day of the 2004 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma, USC's Varsity Eight boat finished sixth in the Petite Final for a 12th-place NCAA overall finish. It marked a disappointing finish for the Women of Troy, who hoped to return to the Grand Final of the three-day championship event.

To determine places seven through 12, Washington crossed the line first in a time of 6:37.8 to win the Varsity Eight Petite Final. Tenths-of-a-second separated the top three spots with Harvard finishing second (eighth overall) in 6:38.4 and Virginia finishing third (ninth overall) in 6:38.6. Tennessee (6:41.1) crossed the line fourth as Notre Dame and USC battled for position. The final two spots were decided by a tenth-of-a-second - the Fighting Irish finished in 6:44.0 and the Women of Troy in 6:44.1.

USC stood fifth for much of the race, posting splits of 1:37.00, 1:42.55 and 1:43.09 after the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meter-marks. Tennessee, which stood six heading into the final 500 meters, overtook both Notre Dame and USC with a 1:36.95 split. The Trojans clocked in 1:41.46 in the last leg of the race.

The USC crew advanced to the semifinals following a fifth-place finish in the preliminary heat on Friday and a sixth-place finish in Saturday's semifinal.

Brown won the varsity and junior varsity eight races en route to its fourth team title. The Bears broke a deadlock with Washington, which was tied for the all-time NCAA lead with three team championships entering the 2004 regatta.

May 30, 2004
Lake Natoma - Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Varsity Eight Grand Final
(1) Brown - 6:32.9
(2) Yale - 6:34.6
(3) Michigan - 6:37.1
(4) Princeton - 6:37.7
(5) Ohio State - 6:38.9
(6) Cal - 6:40.1

Varsity Eight Petite Final
(to determine places 7-12)

(1) Washington - 6:37.8
(2) Harvard - 6:38.4
(3) Virginia - 6:38.6
(4) Tennessee - 6:41.1
(5) Notre Dame - 6:44.0
(6) USC - 6:44.1

USC Lineup - (8) Andrea Korom, (7) Andria Shook, (6) Sarah Pomeroy, (5) Simone Manhold, (4) Lauren Buford, (3) Anne Molholm, (2) Sarah Meade, (1) Barbora Varekova, (cox) Liz Zeanah

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