No. 6 USC Completes Close Head-to-Head With No. 3 Virginia

    USC sophomore stroke Deirdre Fitzpatrick helped the Trojans' 2V8 to a win over Virginia at the Pac-12 Challenge.

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    March 30, 2014

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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Up against an early-season test with No. 3 Virginia, the sixth-ranked USC women's rowing team showed its grit in a trio of close races on the second day of the Pac-12 Women's Challenge at Redwood Shores on Sunday, March 30. The Women of Troy claimed victory in a race between the second varsity eight boats but finished behind the Cavaliers' varsity eight and varsity four races.

    In the first race of the day, the Cavaliers edged the Trojans by just 2.9 seconds, 6:31.20 to 6:34.10. The USC V8 was coxed by Paige Fernandes and stroked by Vineta Moca. Behind Moca were Krisztina Gyimes, Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Elizabeth Turner, Lindsay Gibson, and Svenja Jonas in the bow seat.

    The 2V8s raced just as close a run as the top boats before USC crossed the finish line at 6:48.90 to edge Virginia, 6:51.50; a margin of just 2.6 seconds. The Trojans' 2V8 was coxed by Kellyn Freire with Deirdre Fitzpatrick at the stroke seat followed by Rebecca Shaffer, Eglit Vosu, Darian DiCianno, Kajsa Olsson, Jelena Miladinovic, Kamali Houston, and Shelby Adair at bow.

    A margin of just 4.5 seconds separated the Cavs and the Trojans in the varsity four race. Virginia registered a time of 7:31.50 to beat the USC V4's time of 7:36.00. Freshman Kaelyn Ibold coxed the varsity four which was stroked by Katherine Gleadow, followed by Sara Bilimoria, Frederike Hackenbroch, and Gitta Kivilaan at bow.

    The Trojans also boated a second varsity four which raced the Cavaliers to conclude the day. Coxswain Aly Scharpf called the race for the boat with Erica Christianson at stroke, followed by Erika Blumberga, Michelle Popelka, and bow seat Elaine Krebs. Virginia was first over the line at 7:42.70 before the Trojans finished with a time of 8:01.40.

    The Women of Troy go on the defense next weekend at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic set for Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6) in Mission Bay. The USC V8 is the three-time defending champion of the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup. Last year, the Trojans won all three women's collegiate varsity division trophies. The 2V8 will defend the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy while the V4 will defend its 2013 win for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup. USC's novice crew will take to the water and race for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy. For a complete schedule of races and results updates, please visit For more information and a complete USC schedule, please visit

    Hosted by Stanford
    Redwood Shores | Redwood City, Calif.
    March 29-30, 2014

    RESULTS & BOATINGS | Sunday, March 30





    1 6:31.20 Virginia 1 6:48.90 USC 1 7:31.50 Virginia 1 7:42.70 Virginia
    2 6:34.10 USC 2 6:51.50 Virginia 2 7:36.00 USC 2 8:01.40 USC
    USC 1V8 USC 2V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V4
    Bow Svenja Jonas Bow Shelby Adair Bow Gitta Kivilaan Bow Elaine Krebs
    2 Lindsay Gibson 2 Kamali Houston 2 Frederike Hackenbroch 2 Michelle Popelka
    3 Elizabeth Turner 3 Jelena Miladinovic 3 Sara Bilimoria 3 Erika Blumberga
    4 Madelyn Walters 4 Kajsa Olsson Stk Katherine Gleadow Stk Erica Christianson
    5 Keret Einaste 5 Darian DiCianno Cox Kaelyn Ibold Cox Aly Scharpf
    6 Madara Strautmane 6 Eglit Vosu        
    7 Krisztina Gyimes 7 Rebecca Shaffer        
    Stk Vineta Moca Stk Deirdre Fitzpatrick        
    Cox Paige Fernandes Cox Kellyn Freire