Women's Rowing
    Post-Race Quotes: Lake Natoma Invitational

    April 21, 2013



    USC Head Coach Zenon Babraj 

    On winning the team Natoma Invitational team title
    “This was a very good regatta for us. It was a good experience and especially difficult because it was after a couple of big wins in San Diego. We beat the No. 2 crew in the country. We had a good Saturday and won all our races, but the main races were today when we raced Cal and Stanford in the finals. Overall, in points, we won the regatta and our varsity eight came through in the most exciting race. This was a good experience. It’s something that gives us good information on what we need to work on and what we need to do. This was a very important race for the first eight and they gave a great performance. Everybody was prepared for them but they were ready and came out on top. That was great for the entire team.”

    On the varsity eight’s performance in its race
    “In the first 500 meters, we were in third, and both Stanford and Cal just put everything on the line and they had a pretty good lead, but we came back strong in the second thousand meters and took over the race and won with even more space than in San Diego with open water.”

    On the second varsity eight boat
    “We had a good race, but the young boat with a freshman stroke struggled a little bit in the middle of the race. Cal refurbished their junior varsity lineup and they seemed really poised and strong, but we lost by only two seconds. The fight lasted the entire 2000 meters. With four weeks to go before the Pac-12 championships, there’s still some work to do and we can field a second varsity eight that can be even more competitive.”

    On the varsity four boat
    “The four did a very good job. Cal didn’t race its four down in San Diego at the Crew Classic. They are ranked really high and some people think that they are the fastest four in the country. They had a very good race. We did well, though, with some fight. Our four was only four seconds behind so that’s very promising.”