No. 8 USC To Battle Big Ten Powers At Ohio State

April 16, 2010

The No. 8 USC women's rowing team has traveled to the heart of Big Ten country to take part in a quad event against host and 15th-ranked Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan on Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday (April 18).

Boats from all four schools will compete in races that begin at 10 a.m.

USC's first varsity eight lineup remains the same for the second consecutive week, featuring cox Dionne Licudine, Ivana Filipovic, Liene Bertasjus, Lenka Vrecnikova, Helen Tinkus, Anna Wierzbowska, Maria Wilgotsson, Iskra Angelova and Ewa Tymoszewska.

Troy's second varsity eight will include cox Tanya Ouyang, Marlena Adamska, Anna Janicka, Ewelina Nowak, Jelena Zelenovic, Gaby Zarate, Magda Janicka, Emily Hacker and Kinga Mikolajczyk

The Trojans varsity four will consist of cox Caroline Trawick, Carin Andersson, Kate McFetridge, Caroline Sederowsky and Andrea Vehovec

Jana Vyhnankova and Megan Berry will also make the trip.

USC, under eighth-year head coach Zenon Babraj, has faced some of the top competition in the country this season, including then-No. 3 and now No. 1 Virginia, No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Clemson and No. 19 Notre Dame. That does not include the three top 15 teams Troy is racing against this week.


At the SoCal Challenge on April 10, USC competed against No. 12 Clemson and No. 19 Notre Dame in morning and afternoon races in Marina Del Rey, Calif.. USC's first varsity won both of its races, defeating Notre Dame, 6:40.64 to 6:52.07, in a morning race and taking down Clemson, 7:17.38 to 7:27.19, in a late afternoon race against an incoming tide. Also against the Irish, USC's second varsity won, 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. Against Clemson in the late afternoon, USC's novice boat fell to Clemson, 8:06.80 to 8:12.92, USC's varsity four lost, 8:36.95 to 8:52.48, and its second varsity eight was edged, 8:35.43 to 8:39.99.

USC won three silvers in a strong conclusion to the 37th annual San Diego Crew Classic on March 28 in Mission Bay, Calif. USC's first varsity of cox Dionne Licudine, Ivana Filipovic, Liene Bertasjus, Lenka Vrecnikova, Helen Tinkus, Anna Weirzbowska, Maria Wilgotsson, Iskra Angelova and Ewa Tymoszewska finished second in 6:37.48, only three seconds behind No. 3 Virginia (6:34.20). The Trojans' second varsity also took second, edged by Virginia A in the final meters of the race. The USC boat led for most of the race, but was caught at the end by the Cavaliers' boat, which won in 6:50.00 to USC's 6:50.25. In the Open/Club eight, the Trojans took their third second of the day. USC held a slight lead over UCLA in the first 500 meters but could not hold them off Bruins over the final 500 meters of the 2K course. UCLA won in 7:13.20 to USC's 7:19.98.

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