USC Rowing Heads To The Pac-10 Championships

May 12, 2005

This Week -- The USC women's rowing team travels to Sacramento, Calif., this week for the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Championships, to be held Sunday, May 15, on Lake Natoma. The heats are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and the grand final races will take place starting at 11:30 p.m. USC will be racing four boats - a Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Varsity Four, and Novice Eight. Live scoring for the event will be available on rowing page of the Pac-10 website at or directly at

The 2005 Pac-10 Champion will be determined by the order of finish of the crews in the Varsity Eight, JV Eight, Novice Eight and Varsity Four events. The conference champion receives an automatic team bid to the NCAA Championships.

'This is definitely the strongest team we have ever fielded, said head coach Kelly Babraj, but the team competition on the west coast this year is very tight. We are just going to focus on having the best races we can and see where we end up.'

USC Seedings -- The top-10 seedings for the varsity eight championship races are as follows: California (1st), Stanford (2nd), Washington (3rd), USC (4th), UCLA (5th), Washington State (6th), Oregon State (7th), Gonzaga (8th), Sacramento State (9th) and Sacramento State (10th). The Trojans' remaining four boats are seeded as follows: JV Eight (seeded fifth), Varsity Four (seeded forth), and Novice Eight (seeded sixth).

Varsity Eight - (cox)Katie Weslow, (stroke) Simone Manhold, Bara Varekova, Ligita Kaviere, Diana Ivanova, Anna Efremova, Tanya Boldyreva, Laura McDaniel, Megan Biging.

JV Eight- (cox) Liz O'Neill, (stroke) Brittany Mohr, Kate Donovan, Natalie Beglau, Dunja Pejcic, Sarah Pomeroy, Jessica Smith, Kate Kaso, Lauren Derby.

Varsity Four - (cox) Liz Zeanah, (stroke) Kinga Marciszewska, Anne Molholm, Phebe Greenwood, Shelley Koskovich

Novice Eight - (cox) Lisa Wu, (stroke) Kathryn White, Lisa Buckley, Claire Sullivan, Sinmi Bamgdose, Ein Kellogg, Amy Selmyer, Ari Chucholowski, Kristen Manoogian.

Last Year At the Pac-10 Championships -- 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. 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.

Looking Towards The 2005 NCAAs -- The ninth annual NCAA Women's Rowing Championships will be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramentp, Calif. The events will take place Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29. USC hopes to recieve their first time ever team bid to the NCAA Championships this year.

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