USC Women's Rowing Varsity Four Bring Home First Place Trophy

    April 2, 2017

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    SAN DIEGO--The No. 13 USC women’s rowing team found success throughout the weekend at the 44th annual San Diego Crew Classic as the varsity four took home the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup after winning the Grand Final on Sunday (April 2).

    “San Diego is always a great season opener and a good opportunity to see how we stack up against some of the top teams across the country,” said USC head coach Zenon Babraj. “We had some very good performances, and we learned a lot about where we stand and what we need to work on.”

    The Trojans kicked off the final day of racing competing in the Women’s Collegiate 2V8+ Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Grand Final. Coxed by Maddie Young with Isabel Fitter in the stroke, the Trojans placed fifth with a time of 6.51.27.

    The varsity eight would next hit the water of Mission Bay. Guided by coxswain Kaelyn Ibold, the Trojans placed second in the Women’s Collegiate V8+ Grand Final with a time of 6:20.55 behind first place Texas who claimed the Jessop-Whittier Cup with their final time of 6:16.73. The Women of Troy did finish ahead of Wisconsin, Washington State, British Columbia and UCLA in the six-boat field.

    The Women’s Collegiate V4+ Grand Final was next. After taking first place in their heat on Saturday (April 1) by a full 14 seconds in front of the second place boat, the Trojans were ready to take on the teams that pulled from the other preliminary heats. Coxed by Chloe Chrysikopoulos, the Women of Troy won the Grand Final with a time of 7:15.03 and defeated Texas, Wisconsin, UCLA, Washington State and San Diego to bring home the coveted Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup. Krete Koovit powered the stroke for the championship winning boat, followed by Katarzyna Pilch, Kendall Sinosky and Caroline McMorrow in the bow.

    “The most impressive performance, of course, was our four,” said Babraj. “They executed the race plan perfectly with discipline and passion and controlled the race from the beginning to the finish line. Very impressive for such a young crew, but nor surprising. They simply raced as they practice, 100% every stroke.”

    The Trojans were scheduled to compete in the Women's Collegiate 4+ B Final on Sunday afternoon, but due to the proximity of the Women's 8+ Open race in the schedule, USC scratched from the 4+ B Final to focus on the Women's Open. 

    The day concluded with the Women’s Open Grand Final. The Trojans’ boat was coxed by Genevieve de Vicq with Erika Blumberga in the stroke. USC claimed second place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:00.45, as Stanford took first place with a 6:54.18 time. The Trojans beat Washington State, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Colorado in the seven-boat field.

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    The Women of Troy will next take on Loyola Marymount in a duel on Saturday (April 8) in Marina del Rey, Calif.

    Please visit 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 

    Grand Final Grand Final Grand Final Grand Final
    1 6:16.73 TEX 7:15.03 USC 6:35.15 TEX 6:54.18 Stan.
    2 6:20.55 USC 7:16.91 TEX 2 6:38.20 WISC 7:00.45 USC
    3 6:27.03 WISC 7:18.50 WISC 3 6:43.49 WSU 7:04.05 WSU
    6:33.38 BC 7:32.31 UCLA 4 6:47.04 TENN 7:04.06 USD
    5 6:37.05 UCLA 5 7:36.71 WSU 5 6:51.27 USC 7:28.09 UCSB
           7:41.02  USD 6 6:53.45 UCLA 7:38.89 LBSU
    7 7:40.82 Colorado
    USC 1V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V8 USC 3V8
    Bow Ida Gørtz Jacobsen Bow Caroline McMorrow Bow Sarah Melberg Bow Jordyn Alves
    2 Sofia Sobotta 2 Kendall Sinosky 2 Alice Thompsom 2 Ann Lipscomb
    3 Nikoline Laidlaw 3 Katarzyna Pilch 3 Katherine Hubert 3 Katherine 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 Schroeder 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