Women's Crew Enjoys Successful Day at the Head of the American

Oct. 29, 2006

80 degree weather and a mild breeze made for perfect racing conditions as the USC Women's Rowing team made their first splash of the season at the Head of the American Regatta. Races took place at Lake Natoma near Sacramento on Saturday, October 28. The one day event is hosted by the Cal State Sacramento Aquatic Center.

Racing without its two All-American rowers, the Trojans were still able to dominate the field in the women's pair and women's four + coxswain events. In the women's collegiate pair races, three Trojan squads swept the medal podium as the final team edged out Cal Berkeley's bid at medaling by only three seconds. Even closer was the two second gap separating the Trojan gold medal team of Efremova and Madziewicz from Trojan silver medal team of Hextrum and Ivanova.

The varsity four competitions were just as fierce amongst Trojan boats even though most of the active rowers had also raced earlier in the day. The gold medal crew led by senior coxswain Lauren Cowan outraced the silver medal crew led by sophomore coxswain Denise Kobashikawa by just a four second margin. Anna Efremova and Magda Madziewicz had an exceptional day registering the top time in the varsity pairs competition as well as playing integral parts in the success of the gold-medal four + boat.

In the women's novice collegiate 8+ races, USC blew away the competition with a comfortable victory margin of 23 seconds over the second place team and host, Sacramento State. The novice 8 were led by coxswain Lauren Cowan with Blair Bartlett at stroke. The rest of the novice boat was made up of Alexandra Tapley, Michelle Taft, Lisa Greenwood, Allison Long, Annie Smythe, Megan Sieffert, Gigi Terril.

Head Coach Zenon Babraj was impressed with his crews performance saying, 'It was good to see that those few weeks spent working on skills in the small boats paid off. All of our rowers who were racing the three mile course twice within two hours did not have any problems with quality and intensity of performance. The performance of our team confirmed that this is the best group of rowers that USC has had in the last 4 years. Now we have to work hard to translate this potential into speed in the eights.'

The varsity crew will spend the rest of the fall semester training while the novice crew will race once more at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on Sunday, November 12.

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Women's Collegiate Pair without Coxswain - 10:15AM

1 USC D 0:20:25 Anna Efremova & Magda Madziewicz
2 USC A 0:20:27 Robin Hextrum & Diana Ivanova
3 USC C 0:20:42 Nana Gagatsovi & Ewelina Nowak
4 Cal Berkeley 0:20:45  
5 USC I 0:21:10 Cassie Richardson & Nicole Tenscher

Women's Collegiate Four with Coxswain - 1:30PM

1 USC A 0:18:36

Cox: Lauren Cowan, Stroke: Gabriela Varekova, 3: Magda Madziewicz, 2: Anna Efremova. 1: Bara Varekova

2 USC B 0:18:40

Cox: Denise Kobashikawa, Stroke: Nana Gagatsovi, 3: Ewelina Nowak, 2: Robin Hextrum, 1: Diana Ivanova

3 USC C 0:19:40  
4 USC E 0:19:40  
5 Cal Berkeley A 0:19:52  

Women's Novice Collegiate 8+Coxswain - 9:45AM

1 USC A 0:19:26  
2 Sac State A 0:19:49  
3 Cal Berkeley 0:20:17  
4 Sac State B 0:20:56  
5 UOP Lyndsay 0:20:56  
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