Women's Rowing
    No. 9 USC Women Excel In San Diego

    April 3, 2011

    The No. 9 USC women's rowing team kicked off their season in winning fashion this weekend as the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four boats both won titles at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay, Calif.

    USC's Varsity Eight won the third Jessop-Whittier Cup in school history by taking first in the Women's Collegiate Varsity Invitational Grand Final. The Trojans with a winning time of 6.32.90 finished a boat length ahead of #4 Stanford followed by #3 Cal, #15 Wisconsin, #8 Washington and #13 Washington State.

    The Trojans also won the inaugural Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup by taking first place in the Collegiate 4+ Grand Final. With a time of 7:30.90 USC finished three seconds ahead of UCLA followed by Oklahoma, Stanford, Oregon State and Iowa.

    Also in action, USC's Second Varsity Eight managed a third place finish in the Collegiate 2V Grand final that featured tough competition from Washington, Stanford, Wisconsin, Washington State and UCLA.

    The 2nd Varsity Four won the petite final of the collegiate fours race, comfortably ahead of Tulsa, USD, Alabama, Tulsa B and Bates.

    "The team is coming along. They were very focused today, staying within the boat and executing the tactics we've been working on," said head coach Zenon Babraj. "The varsity eight did an especially great job of executing our race plan, showing a lot of poise and maturity in a race that featured many of the best crews in the country. We had a good day but it's early in the season and there is still a lot of racing between now and NCAA's."

    Full results from the event can be found by clicking here.

    1st Varsity Eight:
    Dionne Licudine (cox)
    Ivana Filipovic
    Maria Wilgotson
    Lenka Vrecnikova
    Magda Janicka
    Anna Wierzbowska
    Jelena Zelenovic
    Iskra Angelova
    Helen Tinkus (bow)



    2nd Varsity 8+
    Jennah Blau (cox)
    Vineta Moca
    Ewa Tymoszewska
    Marlena Adamska
    Liene Stuberovska
    Kajsa Olsson
    Anna Janicka
    Kate McFetridge
    Jelena Miladinovic (bow)

    1st Varsity Four:
    Caroline Trawick (cox)
    Gabriella Zarate-DeMacedo
    Caroline Sederowsky
    Kinga Mikolajczyk
    Melanie Grindle (bow)

    2nd Varsity 4+:
    Tanya Ouyang (cox)
    Rachel Moll
    Rebecca Shaffer
    Hannah Bowen
    Laura Pomatto Corrales-Diaz (bow)

    Novice Eight:
    Jacqueline Younesi (cox)
    Kerstin Fuller
    Kristi Gadalla
    Erica Christianson
    Alexandra Nguyen
    Celine Doerr
    Brittany Ballew
    Heather Riley
    Cylina Villarreal (bow)