Trojan Oarswomen To Compete at 2020 European Rowing Championships
Two former Trojans and one incoming Trojan will be competing at the 2020 European Rowing Championships this weekend. Olympic qualifying rower Ida Gørtz-Jacobsen, USC All-American Radka Novotinikova and incoming freshman Grete Alttoa will each represent their countries in the regatta, taking place from Oct. 9-11 in Poznan, Poland.
Gørtz-Jacobsen will row for Denmark in the 4- and will race against Novotinikova, who will represent the Czech Republic in the same category. Alttoa will compete for Estonia in the 4x category.
In August of 2019, Gørtz-Jacobsen qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with the Danish 4- boat by winning the bronze medal at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.
In 2019, Gørtz Jacobsen rowed for Cambridge while attending graduate school. While competing for Cambridge's Varsity 8, her boat won the 74th Women's Boat Race. They defeated Oxford by a five-length margin in the race that occurred on April 7, 2019.
Gørtz Jacobsen, who graduated USC in 2018, was an integral part of the Trojan Varsity Eight throughout her entire collegiate rowing career.
She also shined academically and was named the 2018 Pac-12 Women's Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She double majored in Global Studies and Comparative Literature with a minor in architecture. She was awarded Newnham College's Anna Watkins Studentship, which is a studentship given to graduate students at Cambridge University.
While at USC, Novotnikova, a Varsity Eight member, was named a Collegiate Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-American in the spring of 2018. She was USC's 29th all-time All-America selection and received the 15th first-team certificate in program history. Additionally, she was also named a 2018 CRCA All-Conference Selection.
Alttoa will join the Women of Troy from Paikuse, Estonia. The 5-9 rower has been a member of the Estonian National Team for several years. Alttoa placed third in the B final of the double at the 2019 U23 World Rowing Championships. She has many impressive finishes including earning first place in the 2x at the 2019 Estonian Championships and second place in the 8+ at the 2019 Estonian Junior Championships.
The first heats of the 2020 European Rowing Championships will begin on Oct. 9. For more information on the regatta, click here.