No. 13 USC Downs Crosstown Rival No. 19 UCLA
May 2, 2009
No. 13 USC finished off No. 19 UCLA in a commanding 6-1 on Saturday (May 2) in Marina del Rey. This win brings the Trojans to an overall record of 8-0 in dual meets against the Bruins.
In this meet, one point was awarded to the winners of the novice and varsity four races. Two points is given to the winner of the JV eight and three is given to the victor of the varsity eight race.
UCLA began the day well with a win in the novice race to give the Bruins a 1-0 meet lead. USC finished with a time of 7:21.78, but was bested by UCLA at 7:12.5.
USC dominated in the varsity four, where they beat UCLA by two minutes. USC came in at 7:41.1 and UCLA finished at 9:42.16. With that win, the meet was tied at one point a piece.
USC's JV eight boat, despite an injury setback, was able to beat the Bruins with a time of 7:13.7. UCLA finished at 7:37.51. USC was awarded two points for the victory and took the meet lead 3-1. However, the deciding factor for the meet would be the varsity eight race, because the winner would be awarded three points.
USC took the lead from the beginning in this race and fought through some tough headwinds, which made it difficult for the Bruins to catch up. USC ended up finishing with a time of 7:02.2 and beat UCLA by 18.59 seconds, as they finished up at 7:20.79. This win clinched the victory of the Women of Troy, giving them a 6-1 win.
Head Coach Zenon Babraj was pleased with today's victory. Babraj said, 'I am very happy we got the Gauntlet points. With the headwind it was some tough conditions out there today, but we fought through it. Now it is time for us to get back out there and focus on getting ready for Pac-10 Championships.'
By winning this head-to-head competition with the Bruins, USC picked up coveted Lexus Gauntlet points. USC now leads the competition 55-45, but there are still ten points up for grabs at today's dual track meet versus the Bruins so the outcome of this competition is not yet decided.