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.
2nd Varsity 8+
Jennah Blau (cox)
Jelena Miladinovic (bow)