USC Enjoys Strong Showing at Head of the American
Oct. 29, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The USC women's rowing team enjoyed a successful fall weekend at the Head of the American on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Women of Troy finished first, third, and eighth in the women's collegiate eight, third in the collegiate fours competition and had several strong performances from its pairs.
"We had a very good showing at the Head of the American regatta, this weekend," said head coach Zenon Babraj. "Most of the top programs from the West Coast were present, so we were pleased with the results. It looks like we have a very promising team with a good mixture of experience and youth. The quality and depth of our squad this year is also very encouraging."
In the Women's Collegiate Eight final, USC's boat coxed by senior Jennah Blau finished with a time of 16:16.47; more than a full second less than second-place Washington. The Trojans' first eight was stroked by junior port Vineta Moca, followed by Madara Strautmane, Ivana Filipovic, Jelena Zelenovic, Kajsa Olsson, Elizabeth Turner, Iskra Angelova, and Melanie Grindle.
With a time of 16:48.54, USC's second varsity eight finished in third place led by senior coxswain Tanya Ouyang. Ouyang's boat was stroked by Rebecca Shaffer, followed by Jelena Miladinovic, Marlena Adamska, Vanessa Tyson, Lindsay Gibson, Darian DiCianno, Deirdre Fitzpatrick, and Eglit Vosu.
USC's third boat of eight crossed the finish line at 17:33.65 under the direction of sophomore coxswain Kellyn Freire. The third Trojan boat fielded a lineup of Hannah Bowen, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Caroline Sederowsky, Kathrine Gleadow, Lauren Liedel, Kamali Houston, and Elaine Krebs.
In the Women's Collegiate Four, coxed by Blau, USC's lineup of Shaffer, Miladinovic, Adamska, and Tyson crossed the finish line in third place at 19:19.77. USC's next boat of Gleadow, DiCianno, Gibson, and Vosu led by Ouyang finished in fifth place with a time of 19:54.91 while the Trojans had two more boats earn eighth and ninth place finishes.
Trojan pairs finished in first, fourth, seventh, and eighth in the Women's Collegiate Pairs. Filipovic and Strautmane earned first-place honors with a time of 19:31.57 while Angelova and Grindle took fourth with a time of 20:12.15.
Among Women's Collegiate Novice boats, USC fielded a boat coxed by freshman Cameron Steurer and finished in second place with a time of 19:14.09. Stuerer's boat had freshman Bryn Olason at stroke followed by Katherine Plaxe, Michelle Popelka, Nikki Kloss, Sara Bilimoria, Tatjana Perrin, Shelby Penfield, and Emily Jordan.
For complete times and results from the 2012 Head of the American, please visit www.SacStateAquaticCenter.com.