Trojans Put Four Boats in Grand Finals at San Diego Crew Classic
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April 5, 2014
2014 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:55 a.m. || Women's Collegiate Invitational Grand Final | USC V8 (Jessop-Whittier Cup) - Race #79
SAN DIEGO - The fourth-ranked USC women's rowing team powered its way through the first day of heats at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay on Saturday, April 5. The Women of Troy's varsity boats each took first place in preliminary heats to earn berths in Sunday's grand final races. The USC novice eight also qualified for its grand final with a third-place finish in today's heat.
In the first race of the day, USC's varsity eight set the tone with an open-water victory in heat A of the Women's Collegiate Invitational division. Coxed by junior Paige Fernandes with senior All-American stroke Vineta Moca, the Women of Troy completed the course with a time of 6:32.692 out of lane one to outpace Washington State (6:38.218), Wisconsin (6:39.995), Miami (6:53.217), and Texas (6:57.566). The varsity eight lineup includes Krisztina Gyimes, Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Elizabeth Turner, Lindsay Gibson, and Svenja Jonas. The V8 will race for an unprecedented fourth straight Jessop-Whittier Cup title on Sunday at 9:55 a.m. PT.
USC's 2V8 also raced out of lane one guided by junior coxswain Kellyn Freire. The boat was stroked by sophomore Deirdre Fitzpatrick with Rebecca Shaffer, Eglit Vosu, Darian DiCianno, Kajsa Olsson, Jelena Miladinovic, Kamali Houston, and Shelby Adair in the lineup. The Trojans posted a time of 6:40.735 to edge Wisconsin (6:43.306), Iowa (6:50.560), Miami (6:51.446), and Sacramento State (6:58.237). The second varsity eight will race in Sunday's grand final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy at 10:40 a.m. PT.
The Trojans' V4 secured a first-place finish in its heat to qualify USC's third varsity boat for the grand finals on Sunday. Coxed by freshman Kaelyn Ibold with Katherine Gleadow, Gitta Kivilaan, Frederike Hackenbroch, and Sara Bilimoria in the lineup, the V4 finished with a time of 7:25.777 to beat out UCLA (7:29.908), Iowa (7:35.634), Texas (7:38.617), Gonzaga (7:40.571), San Diego State (7:48.511), and Sacramento State (7:50.594). The varsity four grand final is set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT as the Women of Troy defend the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup.
In the Trojans' final race of the day, first-year rowers put the novice eight into its fourth grand final in program history. It is the first time in four years that a USC novice boat has made the Crew Classic's grand final in that division. The Trojans put up a time of 7:11.691 to finish in third place in their heat behind California (6:59.917) and Washington State (7:10.594). USC's time was better than British Columbia (7:15.520) and Sacramento State (7:21.571). The novice eight was coxed by Aly Scharpf with Marygail Dibuono at the stroke seat followed by Erika Blumberga, Brianna Morris, Stephanie Griep, Sophia Mitropoulos, Karina Batek, Anu Rajendran, and Megan Linney in the bow seat. The Women's Collegiate Novice grand final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy is set for 12:10 p.m. PT on Sunday.
USC will boat a second varsity four for a single race set for 11:40 a.m. The Trojans will take on Gonzaga, Old Dominion, San Diego State, UCLA and San Diego, and race out of lane six.
For a complete schedule and race results, please visit CrewClassic.org. Go to USCTrojans.com for a complete 2014 schedule of races for the Women of Troy.
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