No. 7 USC Continues Hot Start In Princeton
April 14, 2012
The No. 7 USC women's rowing team continued their red-hot start to the 2012 season winning two-of-three races against No. 5 Princeton and No. 17 Yale at Carnegie Lake in Princeton, NJ Saturday morning.
USC's Varsity Eight boat led from start to finish guided by senior coxswain Dionne Licudine finishing in 6:24.6. Princeton placed second with a time of 6:27.0 and Yale took third at 6:30.2. It is the second win in as many races for the Varsity Eight this season.
The Second Varsity Eight was involved in the most intriguing and action packed race of the day. USC got off to a great start and built a four-seat lead just before the 500m mark. Princeton was trailing in second place but stopped short of the 500m mark with a reported steering cable breakage in their boat. As a result, the race was stopped and restarted over thirty minutes later.
As the race got under way, USC again built a lead. Coming into the final 200m USC was up almost a full boat length over Princeton when they caught a blade under the water and significantly slowed their pace. USC fought on and was able to pull out a .3 second win over the field. USC finished in 6.40.3, Princeton took second in 6:40.6 and Yale was third in 6:44.7.
The Varsity Four race was not as successful for the Trojans as Princeton took an early lead that they never surrendered. USC was second off the start but lost that position to Yale after catching a blade in the first 500m. USC finished third in 7:30.7, Yale took second in 7:28.8 and Princeton took first in 7:26.5.
"It was a very good day for us," said head coach Zenon Babraj. "Our team performed well, winning both the Varsity and Second Varsity races. The most exciting race was the Second Eight. Our new line up not only handled the travel well but also came through despite some significant adversity on the water. I'm very excited about the rest of the season for out team."
USC returns to action April 21st as they face Notre Dame and Michigan State in Redwood Shores, Calif.