Varsity Eight, Four Headed To NCAA Rowing Grand Finals

May 29, 2010

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USC's No. 10 women's rowing team had a strong second day of the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships as Troy's Varsity Eight and Four boats both qualified for the Grand Finals during semifinal action on Saturday (May 29) at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.

The Trojans' appearance in the Varsity Eight Grand Final on Sunday will be the fourth in program history and the first since finishing third in 2007. USC also was sixth in the race in 2003 and fourth in 2001.

The Varsity Four's entry into the Grand Final is the team's third. USC finished sixth in the race in 2005 and won it in 1998.

USC's First Varsity Eight of cox Dionne Licudine, Ivana Filipovic, Liene Bertasjus, Lenka Vrecnikova, Helen Tinkus, Anna Wierzbowska, Maria Wilgotsson, Iskra Angelova and Ewa Tymoszewska finished third in the second semifinal heat on Saturday in 6:24.01. Princeton won the heat in 6:18.76 with Stanford second (6:20.12), Michigan fourth (6:30.09), Brown fifth (6:30.80) and Wisconsin sixth (6:34.34).

Troy was third after 500 meters, moved into second at the halfway point of the race, 0.16 ahead of Stanford, and held a steady third for the back half of the race.

USC's Varsity Four of cox Caroline Trawick, Carin Andersson, Caroline Sederowsky, Kate McFetridge and Kinga Mikolajczyk took second in the first semifinal heat in 7:13.55 behind first-place Virginia (7:07.28). Wisconsin was third in 7:13.95 with Princeton fourth (7:18.11), Michigan fifth (7:23.00) and Clemson sixth (7:29.68).

The Trojan quartet maintained second place throughout the race and held off a charging Badger team at the end of the semifinal race.

The Varsity Eight Grand Final begins at 11:45 a.m. The Varsity Four Grand Final is at 10:15 a.m.

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, after finishing fourth in the repechage on Saturday, will compete in the Third Final on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

USC is making its fourth team trip to the NCAAs and the second in a row overall.

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