No. 1 USC Speeds Through First Day of Lake Natoma Invitational
April 20, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The top-ranked USC women's rowing team dominated the waters at Lake Natoma to win seven out of nine races on the first day of the 2013 Lake Natoma Invitational, Saturday, April 20. The Trojans' three varsity boats remained undefeated in races, this year, as the varsity eight, the second varsity eight, and the varsity four claimed victories over No. 12 Notre Dame, Kansas, No. 15 Wisconsin, and Sacramento State.
Saturday's morning races pitted USC against Notre Dame and Kansas. Coxed by sophomore Paige Fernandes, USC's varsity four set the tone for the day with a four-second win (7:20.10 - 7:24.20) against the Irish. Kansas was the last of the trio to cross the finish line with a time of 7:54.20. The second varsity eight boat followed suit as its time of 6:43.40 outpaced the Notre Dame boat's time of 6:47.30. The Trojans completed a trio of wins as senior coxswain Jennah Blau led the varsity eight to their win with a time of 6:34.30. The V8 outdid the top Irish boat's time by 3.7 seconds.
In the afternoon, the Trojans took on Wisconsin and Sacramento State. Again, the varsity four made a big splash to set the tone for the rest of the day as it recorded a big open-water win with a time of 7:36.80 to cross the finish line nearly 14 seconds earlier than the Badgers (7:50.40). Sacramento State finished with a time of 8:31.50. Coxed by sophomore Kellyn Freire, the second varsity eight boat completed the 2000-meter course in 6:49.00 to beat Wisconsin's time of 6:54.10 and the Hornets' time of 7:32.50. In the top race, the Trojans completed the trifecta with a time of 6:34.60 to beat the Badgers (6:43.10) and Sac State (7:08.40).
USC also raced a second varsity four boat coxed by freshman Cameron Steurer. The Trojans finished second in their heat with a time of 7:48.50 behind Wisconsin's 7:42.70. USC's time ended up as the fourth fastest to put the Women of Troy in the afternoon's petit final. There, the Trojans came in with a time of 7:41.00 to beat Cal and Stanford.
In one of two novice eight heats, the Trojans completed the course with a time of 7:18.50 behind the call of freshman coxswain Christina Yang to take second place behind Washington State (7:11.40). USC's novice crew will race at 8:10 a.m. PT on Sunday morning in the novice grand final.
Each of USC's boats will race for first place against second-ranked Cal and No. 8 Stanford on Sunday morning (April 21). The varsity four will take the water at 8:40 a.m. PT with the second varsity eight set for a 9:10 a.m. launch. Varsity eight boats will race at 9:40 a.m. to complete the day. Awards ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m.
For complete live race results from the Lake Natoma Invitational, follow the official Twitter feed @NatomaInvite. All times will also be posted at www.row2k.com and on CalBears.com.
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