No. 8 Women's Rowing Brings Experience To San Diego Crew Classic

March 29, 2007

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The Women of Troy enter this weekend's 34th annual San Diego Crew Classic with the Varsity Eight moving up two spots to a No. 8 national ranking in the latest CRCA/USRowing poll. Three varsity boats and a single novice boat will participate in races on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. on Mar. 31 and Apr. 1. Preliminary heats will take place on Saturday in order to determine racing lineups for Sunday's petite and grand finals.

The Varsity Eight will race at 8:50 a.m. in the Jessop-Whittier Cup preliminary heat B against No. 14 UCLA, Oregon State, No. 12 Clemson and Loyola-Marymount.

The JV Eight will take the water at 9:50 a.m. in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy preliminary heat A 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 preliminary heat A 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 University in heat B of the preliminary round for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at 10:50 a.m.

The top three finishers in each heat of the Jessop-Whitter Cup and Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy preliminaries will advance to the grand final for their respective event. Fourth through sixth place in each preliminary heat will compete in the petite final. In the women's novice and open division, only the top two finishers in each preliminary heat will advance to the grand final, with the petite final comprised of third and fourth place finishers from each heat. A complete schedule of races can be found at

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Last weekCompeting in their only home race of the 2007 season, the Women of Troy defeated the Lady Lions of Loyola-Marymount University in a dual match in San Pedro, Calif. Racing three varsity boats and a novice boat in preparation for the San Diego Crew Classic, each Trojan racing shell crossed the finish line well in advance of their LMU counterpart. The third race of the day involved both the third Trojan varsity eight and USC's novice eight, each of which easily outpaced the LMU lightweight eight.

2006 San Diego Crew Classic ResultsThe Trojan Varsity Eight, coxed by Liz O'Neill, turned in a time of 6:24.80 in their preliminary race to advance to the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final where they would face California, Washington State, UCLA, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. After leading most of the first half of the race, the Trojans would claim second place in the grand final coming in only a shade shy of the defending Pac-10 and national champion California Bears. The margin of finish was but a 2.2 second differntial. Much like this season, USC entered the 2006 Crew Classic with a No. 8 national ranking.

Coxed by current varsity coxswain Lauren Cowan, the JV Eight took fourth place in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy Grand Final with a time of 7:00.99. Although the Novice Eight had a rough preliminary heat, their third place finish was good enough to put them into the Sea World Trophy Petite Final where they would notch a respectable second place finish.

San Diego Crew Classic HistoryThe Trojan Varsity Eight won the Jessop-Whittier Cup in 2001 by edging out that year's eventual Pac-10 and national champion Washington Huskies crew. The fastest varsity eight finish in any Crew Classic final was a time of 6:37.42 in 2005 by a Trojans crew that would earn USC's first ever team bid to the NCAA Championships. The Varsity Eight has been in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final each of the past four years and seven out of the last eight Crew Classics, having to settle for the petite final only in 2002. The Trojans would come in first in the 2002 petite final.

Qualifying for the JV Eight petite final in their 1998 debut at the Crew Classic, the JV crew has made every grand final in their event since; coming in either fourth or fifth every time, with the exception of 1999's third place finish. The Trojan Novice have only competed in the Crew Classic since 2003, coming in third in the petite final that year. The Novice would also take third in the 2004 petite final but have taken second in both 2005 and 2006 petite finals.

In the PollsThe Trojans opened the 2007 season ranked No. 10 nationally in the CRCA/USRowing poll. After defeating the Loyola-Marymount Lions in a dual race, the crew quickly jumped two spots to No. 8. The Trojans will face at least twelve opponents this season that have been ranked in the top 20.

Coming UpThe Trojans will not race next weekend and have two weeks to prepare for a cross country trip to Boston, Ma. where they will participate in the Charles River Challenge on Apr. 14-15. Other crews competing include No. 20 Harvard-Radcliffe, Dartmouth, Syracuse, Northeastern, Columbia, Texas, Massachusetts, and Boston University.

Probable USC Boatings 2007 for San Diego Crew Classic

  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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