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USC Rowing Places 15th at NCAA Championships

May 29, 2022

SARASOTA, Fla.—The USC women's rowing team finished in 15th place at the 2022 NCAA Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday, May 29. The Women of Troy scored 47 points in the team competition with a third place finish in the C Final by the Varsity Eight, a fifth place finish in the C Final by the Second Varsity Eight and a sixth place finish in the B Final by the Varsity Four.
For the second year in a row, Texas won the national championship. While both Texas and Stanford finished with 124 points, the Longhorns won the tiebreaker because they won the I Eight Grand Final race. Yale won the II Eights Grand Final and Princeton placed first in the Fours Grand Final.

"We beat our seeding today," said head coach Josh Adam. "We did that by having a lot of belief in our Trojan Rowing Family and trusting our fitness. We also learned a lot as a team of how to race and compete at this level. Prior to this weekend, there was only one person on the team who had been to the NCAA Championship. The team is excited to welcome another great recruiting class in the fall and take these lessons on racing back into training so we can elevate our performances in 2023. Today was fun, and the future is bright for the Women of Troy."

"The Varsity Eight learned how to really put together a full 2K race in this regatta," Adam continued. "We have a lot of women in that boat that don't know how fast they truly can be, but they are learning. The Second Varsity Eight flipped a switch from yesterday to today. They had a lot of good lessons on racing this weekend. The Four had to put together a tough race after three great 2K's over the weekend. They really learned how and when speed needs to be applied at a high-level competition like this one."
For a full list of boatings and timings, see below.
In the C Final, the Trojan Varsity Eight battled throughout the entire race with the top two boats. Crossing the finish line in third place, USC clocked a 6:33.878 time, just behind second place Oregon State (6:33.074) and first place Rutgers (6:31.963).

From the start, USC's Second Varsity Eight exerted maximum effort with every stroke. Duke, Syracuse, and USC were neck and neck throughout the entire race competing for third place. The Blue Devils secured third, the Orange placed fourth and the Women of Troy crossed the finish line at 06:44.896 in fifth place, just one second behind Syracuse.

In the B Final, USC's Varsity Four fought for every inch in the 2000 meters. They placed sixth in the B Final with a time of 7:22.253 behind Michigan in fifth (7:20.523), Yale in fourth (7:19.662), Rutgers in third (7:18.522),  Virginia in second (7:16.522), and California in first (7:16.233).
For more information on the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, click the link here.  
Nathan Benderson Park | Sarasota, Fla.
Sunday, May 29, 2022

Varsity Eight Second Varsity Eight Varsity Four
1 06:31.963 Rutgers 1 06:37.800 Rutgers 1 07:16.233 California
2 06:33.074 Oregon St 2 06:41.141 Oregon State 2 07:16.522 Virginia
3 06:33.878 USC 06:42.825 Duke 3 07:18.703 Rutgers
06:06:35.023 Duke 06:43.851 Syracuse 07:19.662 Yale
5 06:35.721 Syracuse 06:44.896 USC 07:20.523 Michigan
06:41.154 Gonzaga  06:50.436 Boston University 07:22.253 USC


Cox Eden Cooper-Squires Cox Olivia Lau Cox Lillian Lau
Stk. Jenna Van De Grift  Stk. Celia Marino Fiona Batstone 
Ludovica Braglia 7 Ingrid Brast Jane Cox 
6 Annabel Aron 6 Clare Widzgowski  Jemima Morgan 
5 Cecilie Brünnich Sørensen 5 Anna Molnar  Bow Sonja Washburn 
4 Grete Alttoa Chaira Meakin
Ryleigh Megill 3 Ieva Medelinskaite
2 Claudia Cabula 2 Anastasiia Slivina
Bow Zoe McCutcheon Bow Isabella Lysaker