Trojans Forge Ahead For All-Grand Final Sunday at Crew Classic

    USC will race in four grand finals on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic.

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    April 3, 2016

    SAN DIEGO -- The 14th-ranked USC women's rowing team completed a successful opening day at the 43rd-annual San Diego Crew Classic by putting four boats into grand finals on Saturday, April 2, on the waters of Mission Bay. The Trojans will now have the opportunity to defend the Jessop-Whittier Cup as part of the women's collegiate varsity grand final.

    The Women of Troy have won the prestigious cup five straight times and punched their ticket to the grand final once more with a strong win Heat B of the Women's Collegiate Varsity division. Guided by junior coxswain Kaelyn Ibold, the USC varsity eight crossed the finish line with a time of 6:36.354 to win its heat by nearly five seconds over second-place Texas (6:41.140) and UCLA (6:41.444). San Diego finished in fourth place (6:43.624) and was followed only by the University of Victoria (6:48.706). Freshman Athina Angelopoulou stroked the varsity eight and was seated with Keret Einaste, Krisztina Gyimes, Madara Strautmane, Chloe Brew, Radka Novotnikova, Sofia Sobotta, and Ida Gørtz Jacobsen in the bow.

    The Trojans' varsity four followed suit and won its heat to earn a spot in Sunday's grand final. Behind the call of freshman coxswain Madison Manning, USC finished with a time of 7:37.171 to edge Washington State (7:38.463), Tennessee (7:46.965), Sacramento State (7:59.015), and Humboldt State (8:32.221). Freshman Sofie Mikkelsen stroked the varsity four with Isabel Fitter, Molly Thorp, and Kate Melberg in the bow.

    Racing in Heat C of the Women's Collegiate 2V division, the Trojans put in a time of 6:58.275 to bring their bow ball across the line first, ahead of Washington State (6:59.439), Tennessee (7:03.183), British Columbia (7:09.985), Fordham (7:24.914), and Loyola Marymount (7:27.754). Junior coxswain Pecko Lin called the race for the second varsity eight, which was powered by stroke Dorottya Bene, followed by Marliis Reinkort, Lindsay Gibson, Sara Bilimoria, Krete Koovit, Miona Mitrovic, Kendall Sinosky, and Erika Blumberga in the bow.

    The Women of Troy raced a third varsity eight boat in the Women's Open division and took third place in Heat A. USC finished with a time of 7:31.447, behind first-place Texas (7:13.782) and second-place Gonzaga (7:23.061). The Trojans did complete the course with a time ahead of Sacramento State's 7:38.151 and were well in front of College Club of Seattle (7:47.353) and UC San Diego (8:22.117). Sophomore coxswain Chloe Chrysikopoulos guided the third varsity eight, which was stroked by senior Kamali Houston. Houston was followed by Barbara Klavin, Katie Hubert, Katherine Plaxe, Brooke Downes, Madison Knight, Emily McRight, and Marina Coskinas in the bow.

    USC will begin Sunday (April 3) with the 2V8 racing for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy (Event No. 88) at 9:38 a.m. PT. The Trojans last won the Hungness Trophy in 2013 and also claimed the trophy in 2007. USC's varsity eight will race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup (Event No. 91) at 10 a.m. PT. USC has won the cup in each of the last five years and were also Jessop-Whittier Cup champions in 2001 and 2007.

    The Trojans' varsity four will race in the grand final for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup (Event No. 102) at 11:44 a.m. PT. USC has won the Cortney Cup three times previously (2013-14 and 2011). A second varsity four will race in a final-only race at 11:52 a.m. PT (Event No. 103) and then the Trojans' third varsity eight will take the water for the Women's Open grand final at 1:23 p.m. PT (Event No. 113) and race for the Carley Copley Cup. USC has won the Carley Copley Cup twice previously: in 2007 and 2009.

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

    Mission Bay | San Diego, Calif.
    April 2-3, 2016

    Sunday, April 3
    9:38 a.m. - Women's Collegiate 2V Grand Final (Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy) -- Race #88
    10:00 a.m. - Women's Collegiate Varsity Grand Final (Jessop-Whittier Cup) -- Race #91
    11:44 a.m. - Women's Collegiate 4+ Grand Final (Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup) -- Race #102
    11:52 a.m. - Women's Collegiate 4+ B Final -- Race #103
    1:23 p.m. - Women's Open Grand Final (Carley Copley Cup) -- Race #113

    Saturday, April 2
    * Note: Lane assignment noted next to finish

    Heat B Heat C Heat C Heat A
    1 (2) 6:36.354 USC 1 (1) 7:37.171 USC 1 (1) 6:58.275 USC 1 (1) 7:13.782 TEX
    2 (1) 6:41.140 TEX 2 (2) 7:38.463 WSU 2 (2) 6:59.439 WSU 2 (3) 7:23.061 GON
    3 (3) 6:41.444 UCLA 3 (3) 7:46.965 TENN 3 (3) 7:03.183 TENN 3 (2) 7:31.447 USC
    4 (4) 6:43.624 USD 4 (4) 7:59.015 SAC 4 (4) 7:09.985 UBC 4 (4) 7:38.151 SAC
    5 (5) 6:48.706 VICT 5 (5) 8:32.221 HUM 5 (6) 7:24.914 FORD 5 (6) 7:47.353 SEA
                6 (5) 7:27.754 LMU 6 (5) 8:22.117 UCSD
    USC 1V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V8 USC 3V8
    Bow Ida Gørtz Jacobsen Bow Kate Melberg Bow Erika Blumberga Bow Marina Coskinas
    2 Sofia Sobotta 2 Molly Thorp 2 Kendall Sinosky 2 Emily McRight
    3 Radka Novotnikova 3 Isabel Fitter 3 Miona Mitrovic 3 Madison Knight
    4 Chloe Brew Stk Sofie Mikkelsen 4 Krete Koovit 4 Brooke Downes
    5 Madara Strautmane Cox Madison Manning 5 Sara Bilimoria 5 Katherine Plaxe
    6 Krisztina Gyimes     6 Lindsay Gibson 6 Katie Hubert
    7 Keret Einaste     7 Marliis Reinkort 7 Barbara Klavin
    Stk Athina Angelopoulou     Stk Dorottya Bene Stk Kamali Houston
    Cox Kaelyn Ibold     Cox Pecko Lin Cox Chloe Chrysikopoulos