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No. 12 USC Rowing Finishes Pac-12 Invitational

Apr 10, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The No.12 ranked USC women's rowing team hit the waters of Lake Las Vegas on Saturday (Apr. 9) to race boats from California, SMU, Washington, Alabama and Washington State on the second day of the Pac-12 Invitational.
"As a team, the Trojan Rowing Family gained a lot of race experience this weekend at the Pac-12 Invitational." said head coach Josh Adam. "We learned a lot about where the team's speed is at during this point in the season. This regatta is a step, and we need to keep taking steps and keep moving forward. There is a lot of racing season left, and we need to just keep throwing down better and better races."

  • Fr. Bella Debenedetti coxed for the Second Varsity Four. In the stroke seat was Chiara Meakin, then came Caitlin McTygue, Rhese Abrams and Ezi Emenike in the bow.
  • Sr. Lillian Lau sat in the coxswain seat for the Varsity Four. The Trojans stroke seat was occupied by Fiona Batstone. Then was Jane Cox, Jemima Morgan and in the bow was Sonja Washburn. 
  • Sr. Olivia Lau coxed for the Second Varsity Eight. In the stroke seat was Celia Marino. Following Marino was Ingrid Brast, Clare Widzgowski, Anna Molnar, Evita Franckevica, Ryleigh Megill, Anastasiia Slivina, and in the bow was Isabella Lysaker.  
  • Jr. Eden Cooper-Squires coxed for the Trojan's Varsity Eight Boat. Jenna Van De Grift sat the stroke seat for the Trojans. Succeeding the stroke seat was Ludovica Braglia, Annabel Aron, Cecilie Brünnich Sørensen, Ieva Mendelinskaite, Claudia Cabula, Grete Alttoa and Zoe McCutcheon.


  • The Second Varsity Eight was the first of the day. Coxswain Olivia Lau guided the Trojans to a first place finish with a time of 7:32.36. The Women of Troy were ahead of Washington by two seconds, with the Huskies clocking in a time of 7:34.63.
  • The Varsity Eight was next to race up. Coxswain Eden Cooper-Squires led the Women of Troy to third place with a time of 7:06.07. The Trojan boat was three seconds behind Washington State's boat with the Cougars securing a time of 7:03.03.
  • The Varsity Four was next to race. As Lillian Lau coxed, the Women of Troy crossed the finish line first with a time of 7:39.18. Eight seconds behind the Trojan boat was Washington, with a time of 7:47.16.
  • The Second Varsity Four closed out the day of racing. With Bella Debenedetti as the coxswain, the Trojan boat came in third place with a time of 8:00.43. California finished in first place with a time of 7:51.89. Clemson was half a second behind the Trojan's crew with a time of 8:00.91 to lock in third place.


  • USC will head east to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the Big Ten – Pac-12 Challenge on Friday, April 39. 


  • For more information on the USC women's rowing team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @uscwomensrowing.
Second Varsity Four Varsity Four Second Varsity Eight Varsity Eight
1 07:51.89 California 1 07:39.18 USC 1 07:32.36 USC 1 06:58.81 Washington
07.58.86 SMU 2 07:47.16 Washington 2 07:34.63 Washington 2 07:03.03 Washington State
3 08.00.43 USC 3 07:47.21 SMU 3 07:44.61 Washington State 3 07:06.07 USC
08:00.91 WSU 4 08:03.13 ALABAMA 07:46.32 Alabama 07:14.60 Alabama


Cox Belle Debenedetti Cox Lillian Lau Cox Olivia Lau Cox Eden Cooper-Squires
4 Chiara Meakin 4 Fiona Batstone  Stk. Celia Marino Stk. Jenna Van De Grift 
3 Caitlin Mctygue  3 Jane Cox  7 Ingrid Brast 7 Ludovica Braglia  
2 Rhese Abrams  2 Jemima Morgan  Clare Widzgowski 6 Annabel Aron
Bow Ezi Emenike Bow Sonja Washburn  5 Anna Molar  5 Cecilie Brünnich Sørensen 
4 Evita Franckevica  4 Ieva Mendelinskaite
Ryleigh Megill 3 Claudia Cabula
Anastasiia Slivina 2 Grete Alttoa
Bow Isabella Lysaker Bow Zoe McCutcheon