First Varsity 8 Picks Up Two Big Wins At SoCal Challenge.
April 11, 2010
USC's No. 8 women's rowing team posted a pair of first varsity eight wins over No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 12 Clemson while its second varsity eight, first varsity four and novice eight boats all added wins over the Irish in the SoCal Challenge on Saturday (April 10) in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
While USC competed against Notre Dame in morning heats, UCLA raced against Clemson. The match-ups flopped in the late afternoon.
The Trojans first boat, the varsity eight, defeated Notre Dame, 6:40.64 to 6:52.07 to kick off the morning races Saturday while conditions were still mild.
USC's second varsity followed with an equally convincing win, defeating the Irish 6:59.30 to 7:11.83. Troy's first varsity four edged Notre Dame, 7:52.37 to 7:56.90 while the Trojans' novice eight won, 7:14.64 to 7:20.36. USC's second varsity eight finished second in a three-team race.
The competition resumed at about 5 p.m. with the tide going against the rowers, beginning with the novice eight. USC fell to Clemson, 8:06.80 to 8:12.92.
USC's varsity four fell to the Tigers, 8:36.95 to 8:52.48. Troy second varsity eight was edged 8:35.43 to 8:39.99.
But to end the day of racing, USC's first varsity came back to trounce Clemson's boat, 7:17.38 to 7:27.19, by far the fastest among the first varsity eight boats.
USC's varsity four consisted of cox Caroline Trawick, Andrea Vehovec, Kate McFetridge, Caroline Sederowsky and Megan Berry while its second varsity four included rowers Jana Vyhnankova, Laura Pomatto, Emily Hacker and Lauren Smolenski.
USC's novice eight included cox Jennah Blau, Rachel Moll, Karley Kirk, Barbra Romer, Hannah Bowen, Cailin McLennan, Anne Turner, Andrea Oaxaca and Melanie Grindle.