The Defending Pac-10 Champions Look to Keep their Crown

May 15, 2008

The No. 12 Women of Troy will take at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. for the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Sunday May 18 to defend their title. On Saturday May 17, the Pacific Coast Rowing Championship will take place in Lake Natoma. It will be a weekend filled with elite rowing in Sacramento.

USC will face tough competition with all Pac-10 teams being in the top 20 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Division I Varsity Eight poll for May 14. Two of the teams are in the top 5, with California ranked No. 1 and Washington State ranked No. 4. Stanford sits at number 10, USC at No. 12, Oregon State at No. 14, Washington at No. 15 and UCLA rounds out the rankings at No. 20.

Gonzaga, Sacramento State, UC Davis and Western Washington will compete in the contest but will not be scored because they are not from the conference.

The varsity four boat as the four seed will begin the regatta in the first heat at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. They will be in lane 2 and their competition will be Washington, Washington State and UCLA.

At 8:20 a.m. the second varsity eight will take to the water in heat one as the four seed in lane 2. They will race against Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UC Davis.

At 8:40 a.m. the varsity eight, as a four seed, will battle against California, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Western Washington in the first heat.

The novice eight will be in heat one, at 9:00 a.m. Seeded ninth, they will take on California, Oregon State, Sacramento State and Western Washington.

Boats must finish in the top three of their heat to qualify for the grand final. The rest of the field will race in the afternoon in petite finals. The novice eight is at 2:00 pm; the varsity four is at 2:20 pm; 2:40 p.m. for the second varsity eights and 3 p.m. for the varsity eights. The awards ceremony and announcement of the all-conference teams will immediately follow the final race of the day.

The Women of Troy captured the Pac-10 Championship last year with a first place finish in the varsity eight, second in the varsity four and third in the second varsity eight.Sunday's events will culminate with the determination of a Conference women's rowing champion. The champions shall be the institution with the most points as determined by the order of finish of the Pac-10 crews in the four events. The most points are given to the winner of the varsity eight grand final, then the second varsity eight grand final, the novice eight grand final and the varsity four grand final.

Live streaming of the rowing championships will be available on the Pac-10 website at From the home page, click on the live stream graphic on the right side of the page. Viewers must sign into the free All-Access; new users will be asked to create a login.

Admission to the 2008 Pac-10 Rowing Championships is $5 per person for the day. There will be an additional parking fee per event day in Nimbus Flat State Park ($7) or at the end of Tributary Point Drive ($5). The latter lot is located approximately 1/3 of a mile from the race course. It is an easy walk. Alternately, a complementary shuttle service will run every 20 minutes. The pick-up/drop-off area is located in front of the Hartford/Health Net buildings.

Probable Boat Lineups for the Women of Troy

Varsity EightStroke: Carin Andersson, 7. Diana Ivanova, 6. Ligita Kaviere, 5. Magda Madziewicz, 4. Liene Bertasjus, 3. Dunja Pejcic, 2. Tatiana Boldyreva, Bow: Kinga Mikolajczyk, Cox. Lisa Sabalvaro

2nd Varsity EightStroke: Ewelina Nowak, 7. Bara Varekova, 6.Phebe Greenwood, 5.Nana Gagatsovi, 4. Lisa Greenwood, 3. Andrea Vehovec, 2. Robin Hextrum, Bow: Lauren Hickey, Cox. Denise Kobashikawa

Varsity FourStroke: Anna Specjalska, 3. Shelley Koskovich, 2. Nichole Fischbach, Bow: Cassie Richardson, Cox. Catherine Humenuk

Novice EightStroke: Lauren Schaerer, 7. Melisa Estep, 6. Kate McFetridge, 5. Malia Makowicki, 4. Malia Paresa, 3. Laura Pomatto, 2. Katherine Obrien, Bow: Melanie Epling, Cox Margaret Heck