Women of Troy Go 8-0 On First Day of Pac-12 Challenge
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March 29, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked USC women's rowing team opened the 2014 season with a bang as the Women of Troy earned eight wins in eight races on the first day of the Pac-12 Women's Challenge at Redwood Shores on Saturday, March 29. The Trojans' four boats claimed wins in all races against No. 16 Louisville and No. 18 Clemson.
Facing biting cold, wind, and rain in the morning session, the varsity eight coxed by junior Paige Fernandes and stroked by senior Vineta Moca set the tone for the Women of Troy as freshman Svenja Jonas crossed the finish line to give the Trojans a time of 6:29.15 to outpace Louisville's time of 6:43.27. The USC V8, which included Lindsay Gibson, Elizabeth Turner, Madelyn Walters, Keret Einaste, Madara Strautmane, and Krisztina Gyimes, overcame heavy pre-race rains in the afternoon to beat Clemson by more than 15 seconds, 6:30.20 to 6:45.70.
The Trojans' 2V8 stroked by sophomore Deirdre Fitzpatrick, and followed by Rebecca Shaffer, Eglit Vosu, Darian DiCianno, Kajsa Olsson, Jelena Miladinovic, Kamali Houston, and Shelby Adair at the bow seat was coxed by junior Kellyn Freire. The 2V8 edged Louisville, 6:37.42 to 6:39.50, in the morning and put some major distance between itself and Clemson in the afternoon for a 6:36.80 to 6:55.90 win.
USC's varsity four of junior Katherine Gleadow (stroke), Sara Bilimoria, Frederike Hackenbroch, and Gitta Kivilaan put up impressive performances under the call of freshman coxswain Kaelyn Ibold with a 7:40.12 to 7:57.44 win over Louisville and a 7:22.30 to 7:28.60 win over Clemson in the afternoon.
The Trojans' second varsity four boat of Erica Christianson (stroke), Erika Blumberga, Michelle Popelka, and Elaine Krebs was coxed by Aly Scharpf. The Trojans were four seconds better than Louisville in the morning, 7:45.77 to 7:49.20, but came up big with a nearly 30-second margin over Clemson in the afternoon; 7:30.40 to 7:58.10.
While USC completed a clean sweep of the Cardinals and Tigers, it won't be as easy when it faces No. 3 Virginia. The Cavaliers showed their speed with wins over boats from Stanford, San Diego, and Oregon State. The Trojans and the Cavs will get things started with a head-to-head varsity eight race at 9 a.m. PT on Sunday, March 30. The second varsity eight boats will start at 9:20 a.m., followed by the first varsity four at 9:40 a.m., and concluding with the second varsity four at 10 a.m., at Redwood Shores.
The racecourse runs through the heart of the Redwood Shores community; private protected waters that are the backyards of residents of Redwood Shores where many will be sitting and watching with their families and friends. Fans may view the race from the start at Marine Parkway and Shell Blvd., the Paragon Point launching area, the bridge at the 1,000-meter point, and along the shore on the side closest to lane one, at the base of the Hotel Sofitel.
Fans can follow @Pac12Challenge on Twitter for updates. Please visit USCTrojans.com for a complete schedule of races for the Women of Troy.
2014 PAC-12 WOMEN'S CHALLENGE
RESULTS & BOATINGS | Saturday, March 29