Women of Troy Take 10th at NCAA Championships
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2014 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
June 1, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The 11th-ranked Women of Troy concluded racing in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park on Sunday, June 1. USC's varsity four claimed sixth place in the grand final while each of the varsity eight boats took sixth in petite finals for 12th place overall. The Trojans finished with 72 points for a 10th-place team finish in the final standings.
All boats in the Fours Grand Final came out of the gates aggressively and raced a near dead heat through the first 500 meters, but Brown, California, and Stanford began to pull away from the pack at the midpoint. The Trojans fell back and were never able to recover. Cal made a move with 500 meters to go and climbed ahead to hold off its challengers and take first with a time of 7:43.088. Stanford finished second (7:44.379), Virginia took third (7:45.948), Brown fourth (7:47.978), Washington fifth (7:48.519), and USC sixth with a time of 7:56.865.
In the I Eights petite final, Princeton seized the early lead and never let go to finish first with a time of 6:51.795. Early on, the Trojans were in battle with Notre Dame, Indiana, and Harvard, but the Irish made a bid to get into the top echelon of the six-boat race by the 1,000-meter mark. In the end, Virginia fought off Notre Dame to finish second (6:55.906) as the Irish came in third (6:57.515). Indiana finished fourth (7:00.092) followed by Harvard in fifth (7:03.286) and the Trojans in sixth with a final time of 7:04.959.
The varsity eight was coxed by junior Paige Fernandes with Deirdre Fitzpatrick in the stroke seat. Kristzina Gyimes sat in the seventh seat followed by Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Elizabeth Turner, Vineta Moca, and Svenja Jonas in the bow seat.
Washington and Michigan took early leads in the II Eights petite final but by the midway mark, UCLA had thrust itself into the conversation. The Trojans were in a second group with Washington State and Harvard, but the Crimson went off course and later protested course conditions. Following discussions, the protest was withdrawn and Michigan was crowned the winner of the final with a time of 7:02.998. UCLA finished in second place (7:05.603), Notre Dame was third (7:06.847), Washington took fourth (7:08.530), and Washington State was fifth (7:10.070). The Trojans crossed the line in sixth place with a time of 7:20.936 followed only by Harvard which came in seventh at 7:32.275.
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.
For complete results from the NCAA Championships, visit NCAA.com. For more information on USC women's rowing, please visit USCTrojans.com.
2014 NCAA WOMEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
RESULTS and BOATINGS