Women of Troy Prove Strong at Day One of San Diego Crew Classic

    April 1, 2017

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    SAN DIEGO-- The 13th ranked USC women’s rowing team had an impressive first day of competition today (April 1) at the 44th annual San Diego Crew Classic on the waters of Mission Bay. Because of their stellar performances, the Trojans will have the opportunity to compete in four finals tomorrow (April 2).

    The Women of Troy punched their ticket to the grand final for the Women’s Collegiate V8+ Jessop-Whitter Cup. The Trojans have a history of success in this race as they won the title five-straight years from 2011-15. Guided by coxswain Kaelyn Ibold, the Trojans placed first in their heat with a time of 6.28.784 to earn placement in the grand final. This time was six seconds ahead of second place finisher Washington State (6:34.521). Sophomore Athina Angelopoulou stroked for the Women of Troy and was seated with Radka Novotnikova, Chloe Brew, Astrid Steensberg, Sasha Varekova, Nikoline Laidlaw, Sofia Sobotta and Ida Gørtz Jacobsen in the bow.

    USC then competed in their heat for the V4+ Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup where they also were victorious as they finished in first place with a time of 7:20.704. Coxed by Chloe Chrysikopoulos, the Trojans finished by open water and were a full 14 seconds in front of the second place finisher UCLA (7:34.987). This first place finish earned placement in Sunday’s grand final. Krete Koovit powered the stroke, followed by Katarzyna Pilch, Kendall Sinosky and Caroline McMorrow in the bow.

    The third race of the day was the 2V8+ Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness heat where the Women of Troy placed second with a time of 6:47.806, shortly behind first place UCLA (6:45.164). This second place finish moves the Trojans into the grand final on Sunday. Maddie Young coxed the 2V8 with Isabel Fitter in the stroke. Fitter was followed by Sawyer Chenen, Lena Schroder, Molly Thorp, Brooke Downes, Katie Hubert, Alice Thompson and Kate Melberg in the bow.

    The final race of the day was a third varsity eight boat entered in the Women’s Open preliminary for the Carley Copley Cup. The Trojans concluded the day with a second place finish in the preliminary race with a time of 7.13.66 behind first place Stanford (7.07.700). All entries in the preliminary race advanced to Sunday’s final. The Trojans’ boat was coxed by Genevieve de Vicq with Erika Blumberga in the stroke. Blumberga was followed by Emily McRight, Lauren Blonien, Athena Karavasilis, Diandra DeCampos-Kundahl, Katie Usellis, Ann Lipscomb and Jordyn Alves in the bow.

    The Trojans have a full day of racing tomorrow (April 2). They will begin the day with the Collegiate 2V8+ Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Grand Final at 9:52 a.m., followed by the Collegiate V8+ Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final at 10:16 a.m. where the Women of Troy will attempt to regain their title. USC will then compete in the Collegiate V4+ Karen Plumleigh Cortney Grand Final at 11:56 a.m. The Trojans will then race in the Collegiate 4+ B Final Only event at 12:04 p.m. and will conclude the weekend with the Women’s Open Carley Copley Cup Grand Final at 1:28 p.m.

    For a complete schedule and race results, please visit CrewClassic.org. Please visit USCTrojans.com for a complete schedule of races for the Women of Troy. Fans of the Trojans can follow and like @USCWomensRowing on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Mission Bay | San Diego, Calif.
    April 1-2, 2017

    Sunday, April 2 
    9:52 a.m. - Women's Collegiate 2V8+ Grand Final (Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy) 
    10:16 a.m. - Women's Collegiate Varsity Grand Final (Jessop-Whittier Cup) 
    11:56 a.m. - Women's Collegiate V4+ Grand Final (Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup) 
    12:04 p.m. - Women's Collegiate 4+ B Final 
    1:28 p.m. - Women's Open Grand Final (Carley Copley Cup) 

    Saturday, April 1 

    Heat B Heat B Heat B Heat A
    1 6:28.784 USC 7:20.704 USC 6:45.164 UCLA 7:07.700 Stan.
    2 6:34.521 WSU 7:34.987 UCLA 2 6:47.806 USC 7:13.666 USC
    3 6:37.319 BC 7:55.131 Sac St. 3 6:55.518 Sac St. 7:17.680 WSU
    6:38.375 USD 8:07.946 SMU 4 7:02.330 LMU 7:18.658 USD
    5 7:11.474 UCSB 7:43.826 LBSU
                7:44.900 UCSB
    7 7:53.924 Colorado
    USC 1V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V8 USC 3V8
    Bow Ida Gørtz Jacobsen Bow Caroline McMorrow Bow Kate Melberg Bow Jordyn Alves
    2 Sofia Sobotta 2 Kendall Sinosky 2 Alice Thompsom 2 Ann Lipscomb
    3 Nikoline Laidlaw 3 Katarzyna Pilch 3 Katie Hubert 3 Katie Usellis
    4 Sasha Varekova Stk Krete Koovit 4 Brooke Downes 4 Diandra DeCampos-Kundahl
    5 Astrid Steensberg Cox Chloe Chrysikopoulos 5 Molly Thorp 5 Athena Karavasilis
    6 Chloe Brew     6 Lena Schroder 6 Lauren Blonien
    7 Radka Novotnikova     7 Sawyer Chenen 7 Emily McRight
    Stk Athina Angelopoulou     Stk Isabel Fitter Stk Erika Blumberga
    Cox Kaelyn Ibold     Cox Maddie Young Cox Genevieve de Vicq