USC Blows Away Competition in Season's First Race

Oct. 29, 2005

USC Blows Away Competition in Season's First Race

The USC women's rowing team opened its fall racing schedule with a bang, taking two races at the Head of the American and defeating 2005 national champion, California on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Hosted by the CSUS Aquatic Center and featuring West Coast rowing programs, the one-day regatta was a successful outing for the Trojans' first of the year. The Women of Troy fielded two Varsity Eight crews and a Varsity Four crew for the weekend.

The USC Varsity Eight 'A' team, pulled off a stunning victory, coming from behind to pull ahead of California in the last 100 meters of the race. USC `s time of 16:47 is one of the fastest clocked for the regatta. 'Physiologically this is a big step for our team,' said head coach Zenon Babraj. The Varsity Eight 'B' team placed ninth in the regatta with a time of 18:27.

The Varsity Four crew, winners of the 2005 Pac-10 Championship, won the race in a time of 19:16, 43 seconds faster then second place California's 'A' team (19:59).

USC returns to competition Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Newport Autumn Festival in Newport Beach Calif.

Following are USC's results:

Women's Open Eight

1. 267 USC 'A' 16:472. 266 Cal 'A' 17:253. 277 Cal 'B' 17:264. 268 Sacramento State 'A' 17:325. 278 Stanford 'B' 12:38:23 PM 17:366. 269 Stanford 'A' 12:36:46 PM 17:387. 282 Cal 'C' 18:098. 272 UC Davis 18:139. 276 USC 'B' 18:2710. 279 Sacramento State 'B' 18:36

Women's Open Four

1 376 USC 'A' 19:162 377 Cal 'A' 19:593 383 Cal Lts 20:244 381 Sacramento State 21:145 380 Sonoma State RC 21:326 382 Cal Maritime 24:357 387 Long Beach State 'B' 24:358 388 Long Beach State ' Novice B' 27:33

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