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2014 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
May 31, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The USC women’s rowing varsity four earned a coveted spot in the Fours Grand Final at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Saturday, May 31, on the waters of Eagle Creek Park. The Women of Troy finished third in their semifinal to take one of six slots in the final. The Trojans’ varsity eight finished fifth in its I Eights semifinal and the second varsity eight took sixth the II Eights semifinal. Each will race in their respective petite finals on Sunday, June 1.
The Trojans’ four will race first on the final day of the championships and have a shot at taking home USC’s first national title since the 1998 V4+ won the crown. The varsity four races at 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday. The Trojans will go up against Washington, California, Stanford, Virginia, and Brown.
The II Eights petite final will go off at 10:20 a.m. with USC against Washington State, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Washington, and Harvard. USC’s varsity eight will race in the I Eights petite at 10:40 a.m. and go against Indiana, Princeton, Virginia, Notre Dame, and Harvard. Three teams qualified all three boats for grand finals: Brown, California, and Pac-12 champion Stanford.
Racing out of the I Eights first A/B semifinal, USC’s varsity eight came out of the gates and went toe-to-toe with familiar Pac-12 foes California and Washington. On the approach to the 750-meter mark, Ohio State began to make a move and pulled ahead of the pack to seize first place. By the midway point, the Buckeyes had taken command of the race and left the Bears and Huskies to battle for second. Virginia closed the gap and moved into fourth place ahead of USC, but the Trojans maintained their lead over Indiana. In the end, Ohio State crossed the finish line with a comfortable three-seat lead to take first place (6:28.579). Cal took second (6:30.151), Washington third (6:32.284), and Virginia fourth (6:35.704). USC held on to beat Indiana to the fifth-place spot with a time of 6:43.459. The Hoosiers came in at 6:48.193.
The varsity eight was coxed by junior Paige Fernandes with senior Vineta Moca in the stroke seat. Kristzina Gyimes sat in the seventh seat followed by Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Elizabeth Turner, Deirdre Fitzpatrick, and Svenja Jonas in the bow seat.
The Trojans went full throttle to open the II Eights A/B semifinal but were unable to maintain their speed as the rest of the field began to pull away. By the 1000-meter mark, USC was playing catch-up with only Notre Dame within striking distance. Despite Stanford’s lead throughout most of the race, Virginia made a move at the end of the race to walk through the Cardinal crew and claimed first place with a time of 6:43.702. Stanford finished half a second later at 6:44.395. California maintained contact for long enough and moved past Michigan for third place (6:45.404) over the Wolverines (6:48.480). Notre Dame crossed the line at 6:54.600 with open water for fifth over USC’s time of 7:07.466.
USC’s second varsity eight was coxed by junior Kellyn Freire with junior captain Katherine Gleadow at the stroke. Gleadow was followed by Sara Bilimoria, Eglit Vosu, Jelena Miladinovic, Kamali Houston, Gitta Kivilaan, Frederike Hackenbroch, and Shelby Adair in the bow.
In the second Fours A/B semifinal, Washington separated from the pack right from the start and maintained a lead over Pac-12 foes California and USC. In the back half of the race, Big Ten rivals Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana were left to fight it out. The Huskies continued to lead at the midway mark but the Bears had already cut into the UW lead. With just 500 meters left, Cal overtook the Washington four and made it a two-way fight for first. USC was entrenched in third place with the Big Ten crews still in the back of the pack. The Bears completed the come-from-behind victory to take first place with at time of 7:35.330. Washington crossed the line at 7:38.059 before USC took third at 7:43.491. Michigan was fourth (7:47.274), Wisconsin finished fifth (7:51.000), and Indiana took sixth (7:58.787).
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