Varsity Eight, Four Earn NCAA Semifinal Berths
May 28, 2010
USC's No. 10 women's rowing team opened the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships by automatically qualifying for the semifinals in the First Varsity Eight and Varsity Four on Friday (May 28) at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.
USC's First Varsity Eight and Varsity Four both finished second in their respective heats, earning berths in Saturday's semifinals. Troy's Second Varsity Eight was sixth in its heat and will compete in a repechage later Friday to try to earn a spot in semifinals.
USC's First Varsity Eight lineup, competing in the second heat, of cox Dionne Licudine, Ivana Filipovic, Liene Bertasjus, Lenka Vrecnikova, Helen Tinkus, Anna Wierzbowska, Maria Wilgotsson, Iskra Angelova and Ewa Tymoszewska finished second in 6:22.92. Cal won the heat in 6:19.00 while Michigan State was third (6:25.73), Washington was fourth (6:29.29) and Washington State was fifth (1:38.98).
USC's Varsity Four of cox Caroline Trawick, Carin Andersson, Caroline Sederowsky, Kate McFetridge and Kinga Mikolajczyk came from behind to secure a second-place finish and an automatic berth into the semifinals. USC was in fourth after the first quarter of the race and moved into third at the halfway point. The Trojans edged ahead of Yale into second place with 500 meters to go and held off the Bulldogs to claim second. Washington won the heat in 7:14.71, USC was second (7:18.26), Yale was third (7:20.07), UCLA was fourth (7:25.16) and Washington State was fifth (7:33.02).
Troy's Second Varsity Eight of cox Jennah Blau, Marlena Adamska, Andrea Vehovec, Ewelina Nowak, Jelena Zelenovic, Gabriela Zarate-DeMacedo, Magda Janicka, Jana Vyhnankova and Anna Janicka was sixth in the third heat in 6:53.10. Brown was first (6:32.80), Michigan second (6:38.84), Washington third (6:40.53), UCLA fourth (6:42.65), Ohio State fifth (6:44.82) and USC sixth.
USC is making its fourth team trip to the NCAAs and the second in a row overall.