USC women's rowing junior port Vineta Moca becomes the Trojans' seventh two-time All-American
Liene Bertasjus, one of USC's most decorated rowers enters her first year with the program as a student assistant coach in 2010-11.
At USC: A powerful, yet graceful starboard, 2010 senior co-captain Liene Bertasjus entered her fourth season in the USC program as a two-time All-American... In 2010, Bertasjus helped lead USC to one of its best seasons in school history. The Trojans, which sent all three boats to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time and for the second year in a row, qualified two boats in the NCAA Grand Finals for the first time. USC's Varsity Eight took sixth while the Varsity Four was fourth...in 2009, Bertasjus picked up where she left off in 2008, being a dominant force for USC...Bertasjus rowed out of the number seven seat in the varsity boat for most of the season...helped USC earn impressive wins over Harvard in the Charles River Challenge and against crosstown rival UCLA...helped varsity eight boat finish fourth overall at the Pac-10 Championships, guiding them to the NCAA Championships...The accolades for Bertasjus stacked up in 2009, as she was named a CRCA/Pocock All-American for the second straight year...Named to the CRCA West Region First Team...earned a place on the 2009 Pac-10 All-Conference Rowing Squad...clocked a USC record 18:12.2 in 5K and 38:20.3 in 10K...in 2008 Bertasjus came back from having her appendix removed to put together a great season...Helped the team beat cross-town rival UCLA and earn a silver medal at the San Diego Crew Classic with a second place varsity eight finish...earned honorable mention All-Academic Pac-10...Bertasjus was named a first-team Pocock All-American for the 2008 season... in 2007, she rowed from the No. 3 seat in the Varsity Eight in one of the most successful seasons in program history... her boat won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic (only the second time in USC history) and was also crowned the Pac-10 Champion after convincingly winning the Grand Final... her contributions helped bring the Trojans their first Pac-10 Conference team championship and secured the second team bid to the NCAA Championships in school history... her Varsity Eight remained undefeated until the final race of the season.
Rowing Highlights: Bertasjus was a member of the Majori Rowing Club in Latvia (2002-2006)... winning gold in the quad at the 2003 Baltic Cup... won gold medals in both singles at 2006 Latvian Nationals and doubles at the 2006 Amber Oars International Regatta... a member of the Latvian National team, earning bronze in the single scull at the 2005 U18 Junior World Championships... gold medal at the 2006 Baltic Regional in the double scull event.
Personal: Liene Bertasjus was born in Priekule, Latvia... a 2006 graduate of the Murjanu Sports Gymnasium in Jurmala, Latvia... has one brother, Armands and one sister, Sintija... grandmother, Velta Zarina, played volleyball for the Latvian National team... her biggest sports hero is Jelena Prokopcuka (winner of the 2005 and 2006 New York Marathon)... lists her favorite food as pancakes and her favorite TV show as America's Funniest Home Videos.