Trojans Cut Through Water With Ease Against LMU

March 24, 2007

The USC Women's Rowing team opened the 2007 rowing season with a solid performance against the Lady Lions of Loyola-Marymount at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif. Amidst cool temperatures and a thick cloud-cover, the Trojans put their speed on display in their only home race of the season.

'It went well today. This early in the season, they are showing very good speed. I'm very pleased' said USC head coach Zenon Babraj.

The Varsity Eight boat, coxed by senior coxswain Lauren Cowan, set the tone for the days' races by jumping out to an early lead. Powered by freshman stroke Gabriela Varekova, and All-Americans, junior port Ligita Kaviere (No. 6) and junior port Tatiana Boldyreva (No. 4), the first boat would conclude its race with a winning margin of 36.29 seconds. The Trojans put up a time of 6:42.67, comfortably ahead of the Lions' 7:18.96 finish.

Coxed by sophomore coxswain Denise Kobashikawa with senior port Laura McDaniel at stroke, the second Varsity Eight would not be outdone, by outpacing their LMU counterparts by 47.07 seconds. Senior starboard and co-captain Jessica Smith would cross the finish line in the bow seat at the 6:54.96 mark, with the Lions clocking in at 7:42.03.

After a harbor delay, the third race would pit two Trojan boats against the LMU light eight. The third Trojan Varsity Eight was coxed by sophomore coxswain Lisa Sabalvaro, finishing the third set with a time of 7:02.22. Polish junior transfer Anna Specjalska occupied the stroke seat. The Novice Eight completed their 2000-meter run in 7:25.45, splitting their time at 30.37 seconds against LMU's 7:55.82 finish. The Novice Eight featured freshman stroke Michelle Taft with sophomore Annie Smythe at the No. 5 seat on the starboard side.

'They did very well even though they are still recovering from last weeks' camp. We're excited about the Crew Classic. We want to see where we stand against some of the top teams in the country' said Babraj.

The Women of Troy now get set to participate in the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. on Mar. 31--Apr. 1.

Mar. 31, the Varsity Eight will race at 8:50 a.m. in the Jessop-Whittier Cup B preliminary against UCLA, Oregon State, Clemson and Loyola-Marymount. The JV Eight will take the water at 9:50 a.m. in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy A preliminary against California, Oregon State, Miami, Kansas State and University of San Diego. A third Varsity Eight boat will race in the Women's Open division Carley Copley Cup A preliminary at 1:10 p.m. against LARC, UCLA, Santa Clara, St. Mary's, Lake Union and Stanford.

The Novice Eight will take on California, Kansas State, St. Josephs, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara and Chapman in the B preliminary for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at 10:50 a.m. Qualifying crews will advance to petite and grand finals on Apr. 1. The complete schedule can be found at

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Complete Results
First Set:
USC First Varsity Eight 6:42.67
Loyola-Marymount University 7:18.96
Second Set:
USC Second Varsity Eight 6:54.96
Loyola-Marymount University 7:42.03
Third Set:
USC Third Varsity Eight 7:02.22
USC Novice Eight 7:25.45
Loyola-Marymount University 7:55.82

Boatings vs. Loyola-Marymount University

  1st Varsity Eight 2nd Varsity Eight 3rd Varsity Eight Novice Eight
Coxswain Lauren Cowan Denise Kobashikawa Lisa Sabalvaro Catherine Humenuk
No. 8 (Stroke) Gabriela Varekova Laura McDaniel Anna Specjalska Michelle Taft
No. 7 Magda Madziewicz Bara Varekova Shelley Koskovich Alexandra Tapley
No. 6 Ligita Kaviere Anna Efremova Phebe Greenwood Blair Bartlett
No. 5 Dunja Pejcic Nana Gagatsovi Cassie Richardson Annie Smythe
No. 4 Tatiana Boldyreva Ewelina Nowak Andrea Vehovec Lisa Greenwood
No. 3 Liene Bertasjus Kinga Marciszewska Nichole Fischbach Gigi Terril
No. 2 Robin Hextrum Carin Andersson Claire Tenscher Leah Pace
No. 1 (Bow) Diana Ivanova Jessica Smith Julia McIlvaine Kacey Maher
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