Trojans Finish Fifth At Pac-12 Championships
May 13, 2012
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. -- After a second place finish from the Varsity Eight, a sixth place finish by the Second Varsity Eight and last place finishes by the Varsity Four and Novice Eight boats the No. 3 USC rowing team placed fifth overall at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday (May 13) at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.
Top-ranked California won the overall team title with 45.5 points followed by Washington (31), UCLA (30), Stanford (25), USC (23.5), Washington State (18.5) and Oregon State (8.5).
In the women's finale after a false start that seemed to rattle the Women of Troy, Cal upended USC in the varsity eight to claim its fourth gold in 6:30.9. The Trojans, who entered the Pac-12 Championships with a perfect record in the top boat, just edged Washington for second place, 6:32.7 to 6:32.8. While not the result USC had hoped for, Sunday's performance by the Varsity Eight was second best in the programs history. The Trojans No. 1 boat finished first when the team won the Pac-12 title in 2007.
"We are not satisfied with our performance this week and we know we can do better," said USC rowing head coach Zenon Babraj. "It was not an easy week for us and I think with all of our seniors attending graduation ceremonies our training suffered. It's unfortunate, but we just weren't our best this weekend. You could see our athletes were a bit drained. After a solid week of training we will be ready for the NCAA Championships."
USC will await NCAA selections which take place on Tuesday.
Women's Varsity Eight
Women's Second Varsity Eight
Women's Varsity Four
Washington State 7:28.9
Oregon State 7:36.9
Women's Novice Eight