Trojan Boats Push Through to Crew Classic Grand Finals

    USC will race four boats in grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic

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    March 28, 2015

    SAN DIEGO - The 10th-ranked USC women's rowing team advanced four boats to grand finals following the first day of action at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic at Mission Bay on Saturday, March 28. The Women of Troy will defend both the Jessop-Whittier Cup (V8) and the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup (V4) in Sunday (March 29) finals, and will have a shot at the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy (2V8) and the Carley Copley Cup (3V8).

    USC's varsity eight started the day in a tight run against Texas and was edged by the Longhorns, 6:35.80 to 6:37.64 in the first heat of the collegiate varsity division. British Columbia came in third in the heat with a time of 6:46.46. The Trojans were coxed by senior Kellyn Freire and stroked by freshman Dorottya Bene. Behind Bene were Darian DiCianno, Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Lindsay Gibson, Elizabeth Turner, Alice Riley, and Marliis Reinkort. The USC V8 will race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup at 9:52 a.m. PT on Sunday.

    The Trojans produced an open-water victory in the varsity four division as senior Elaine Krebs sat bow and crossed the finish line at 7:43.95 ahead of Kansas State (7:59.68), Tennessee (8:09.92), Saint Mary's College (8:44.15), and Southern Methodist (9:07.50). The USC V4 was coxed by freshman Alexandra Fowler with sophomore Gitta Kivilaan at stroke followed by Erika Blumberga and Sofia Sobotta. The V4 will race to defend the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup in the grand final at 11:32 a.m. USC will also race a second varsity four boat in a final-only event set to start at 11:40 a.m.

    In the Collegiate 2V division, USC's second varsity eight won its heat with a time of 6:51.32 and outpaced Kansas State (7:01.86), Sacramento State (7:03.92), Saint Mary's College (7:17.67), and San Diego State (7:26.20). Sophomore Kaelyn Ibold had the call for the 2V8 with freshman Kendall Sinosky in the stroke seat. Sinosky was followed by Ida Gørtz Jacobsen, Sasha Varekova, Sara Bilimoria, Kamali Houston, Caroline Boals, Katherine Gleadow, and senior Shelby Adair in the bow seat. The USC 2V8 will race for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy at 9:44 a.m. PT on Sunday.

    USC's third varsity eight boat raced in the women's open division and came in second with a time of 7:44.79 behind heat winner Texas' time of 7:16.13. UC Irvine finished third at 8:37.32 with Villanova unable to complete the race. The Trojans 3V8 was coxed by sophomore Claire Purvis with freshman Katie Hubert in the stroke seat. Hubert was followed by Isabel Fitter, Katherine Plaxe, Megan Linney, K.C. Sullivan, Karina Batek, Kate Melberg, and Emily McRight in the bow. The USC 3V8 will race in the Women's Open grand final at 1:20 p.m. PT on Sunday for the Carley Copley Cup.

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    Mission Bay | San Diego, Calif.
    March 28-29 2015
    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Sunday, March 29
    9:44 a.m. -- Women's Collegiate 2V Grand Final | USC 2V8 (Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy) - Race #86
    9:52 a.m. -- Women's Collegiate Varsity Grand Final | USC V8 (Jessop-Whittier Cup) - Race #87
    11:32 a.m. -- Women's Collegiate 4+ Grand Final | USC V4 (Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup) - Race #97
    11:40 a.m. -- Women's Collegiate 4+ B Final | USC 2V4 - Race #98
    1:20 p.m. -- Women's Open Grand Final | USC 3V8 (Carley Copley Cup) - Race #108
    RESULTS and BOATINGS | Saturday, March 28
    * Note: Lane assignment noted next to finish
    VARSITY | Heat A
    VARSITY 4+ | Heat A
    2V | Heat A
    Heat B
    1 (2) 6:35.80 Texas 1 (1) 7:43.95 USC 1 (1) 6:51.32 USC 1 (1) 7:16.13 Texas
    2 (1) 6:37.64 USC 2 (2) 7:59.68 Kansas State 2 (2) 7:01.86 Kansas State 2 (4) 7:44.79 USC
    3 (3) 6:46.46 UBC 3 (3) 8:09.92 Tennessee 3 (3) 7:03.92 Sac State 3 (3) 8:37.32 UC Irvine
          4 (4) 8:44.15 Saint Mary's 4 (5) 7:17.67 Saint Mary's 4 (5) DNS Villanova
          5 (5) 9:07.50 SMU 5 (4) 7:26.20 SDSU      
    USC 1V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V8 USC 3V8
    Bow Marliis Reinkort Bow Elaine Krebs Bow Shelby Adair Bow Emily McRight
    2 Alice Riley 2 Sofia Sobotta 2 Katherine Gleadow 2 Kate Melberg
    3 Elizabeth Turner 3 Erika Blumberga 3 Caroline Boals 3 Karina Batek
    4 Lindsay Gibson Stk Gitta Kivilaan 4 Kamali Houston 4 K.C. Sullivan
    5 Keret Einaste Cox Alexandra Fowler 5 Sara Bilimoria 5 Megan Linney
    6 Madara Strautmane     6 Sasha Varekova 6 Katherine Plaxe
    7 Darian DiCianno     7 Ida Gørtz Jacobsen 7 Isabel Fitter
    Stk Dorottya Bene     Stk Kendall Sinosky Stk Katie Hubert
    Cox Kellyn Freire     Cox Kaelyn Ibold Cox Claire Purvis