Krisztina Gyimes Stars at Henley, Trojans Set for World Championships
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July 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC women’s rowing senior All-American Krisztina Gyimes headlines a quintet of Trojans making splashes across the Atlantic Ocean this summer. Racing for her native Hungary in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta’s Princess Royal Challenge Cup, Gyimes was impressive in the single scull as she cruised through preliminary heats and the quarterfinals, and won her semifinal before she fell to reigning Olympic champion Miroslava Knapková of the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday, July 6, in Oxfordshire.
In Friday’s (July 4) quarterfinals, Gyimes posted a time of 9:24 despite rough boat settings and catching a pair of crabs to easily outrace Elizabeth Polgreen of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club and advance into the semifinals. In the semis, Gyimes went head-to-head with Julia Michalska-Plotkowiak of Poland who owns Olympic bronze in the double scull. She held a lead of three boat lengths through the first 500 meters and went ahead by nearly seven boat lengths at Fawley (the halfway mark). In the end, Gyimes posted the best overall time for the Princess Challenge Cup at 8:49 and beat Michalska-Plotkowiak by four and three-quarters boat lengths for a spot in the final.
Racing against the Czech Republic’s Olympic gold medalist in the single scull, Gyimes was up against a tall task in the final. Knapkova reached Barrier (quarter mark) with a time of 2:30 and finished with a time of 8:50 to beat Gyimes by four and a half boat lengths.
In addition to Gyimes, the Trojans’ incoming class is set to make its mark at the U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy (July 21-27), and at the Junior World Championships in Hamburg, Germany (Aug. 6-10), this summer.
At the U23 World Championships, Gyimes will represent Hungary in the single once again. Fellow Hungarian and incoming freshman Dorottya Bene will race in the lightweight double scull. Incoming freshman Ida Jacobson will race in the double scull for Denmark, and Marliis Reinkort will race in the single for Estonia. Racing for Team USA, incoming freshman Isabel Fitter will race in the eight at the Junior World Championships.
For the Trojans, Gyimes has occupied the seventh seat in the varsity eight since her arrival on campus in 2013. Immediately, she helped the Women of Troy win the 2013 Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and was a key member of the eight that hoisted the cup for a fourth straight year this April. She has been instrumental in USC’s success this season in the top boat with one of the top ergometer times on the squad.
The Women of Troy were ranked 10th in the nation in the final CRCA poll of the 2014 season. USC finished 10th as a team at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships. The varsity four raced in the NCAA grand final while each of the varsity eight boats earned spots in their petite finals. The Trojans’ varsity eight won the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic for the fourth consecutive year and USC ran its streak of dual victories over rival UCLA to 13 straight years. For more information on the USC women’s rowing program, please visit USCTrojans.com.