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USC Women's Rowing Falls to UCLA in First of Two Duals

Mar 27, 2021

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--The No. 18 USC women's rowing team fell to UCLA today (Mar. 27) in Marina del Rey, Calif. USC lost 6.5-0 in the dual. This was the first time in program history that the Bruins have defeated the Women of Troy. 
"We had a tough outing today," said head coach Josh Adam. "It's very hard to take a sweep loss to your crosstown rival. Regardless, UCLA is well coached, and the team has been gaining speed which they showed today. As a leader, I will take this loss on with our team. We get to look back and see the places where we could have done better. There will always be factors in every loss and every win. We need to improve; it's as simple as that. We know we can be better, and we will be better."
The dual was scored with the following system: the Varsity 8 race was worth three points, the Second Varsity 8 race was two points, the Varsity 4 was one point and the Third Varsity Eight was half a point. 
The conditions in Marina del Rey were flat with a very slight tail current. 
The Varsity 4 hit the water first, and the Bruins finished ahead of the Trojans. UCLA clocked in a time of 07:27.7 while USC finished with a 07:32.1 time. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the dual. In the Second Varsity 8, the Bruins pushed to lock in a 06:38.5 time, with the Trojans trailing behind and finishing with a 06:55.7 time. UCLA increased its lead to 3-0. Additionally, USC forfeited .5 point to UCLA because it did not enter a Third Varsity 8 boat in the competition. Finally, the Varsity 8 wrapped up the dual as UCLA finished first with a 06:28.4 time and USC finished second clocking in at 06:42.4. This secured UCLA with the win and a final score of 6.5-0.
USC will have the opportunity to challenge UCLA again on May 1 at the Trojans' home course at the Port of Los Angeles. 
USC dedicated a third boat to another Trojan staff member. USC women's rowing strength and conditioning coach Tatyana Obukhova McMahon had a boat named on her behalf. 
"To say that we rely on the strength and conditioning of our team would be the greatest of understatements," said Adam. "Tatyana has been a critical part of our increased success these past few years. She is a tireless support not only to our team, but also to the other premier Olympic sports that she coaches here at USC. We will be honored to represent her at every race in her boat."
Up next, USC will travel to the desert to compete in the Lake Las Vegas Pac-12 Women's Rowing Invitational on April 10-11. 

Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Saturday, March 27, 2021


1 06:28.4 UCLA 1 06:38.5 UCLA 1 07:27.7 UCLA
2 06:42.4 USC 2 06:55.7 USC 2 07:32.1 USC
Cox Eden Cooper-Squires Cox Maddy Kim Cox Lillian Lau
Stk. Grete Alttoa Stk. Stephanie Daboub Stk. Allison Opuszynski
7 Zoe McCutcheon 7 Ainsley Vondeling 3 Marguerite Scotti
6 Sarah Talamaivao 6 Ingrid Brast 2 Alli McCale
5 Anna Molnar 5 Sophia Bogert Bow Emma Silverstein
4 Olivia Passanisi-Boullet 4 Clare Widzgowski
3 Claudia Cabula 3 Mireille Codjia
2 Ieva Medelinskaite 2 Molly Eberth
Bow Ludovica Braglia Bow Ezi Emenike