Trojans Put Four Boats in Grand Finals at San Diego Crew Classic

    USC's varsity eight will race for a fourth straight Jessop-Whittier Cup on Sunday.

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    April 5, 2014

    Mission Bay | San Diego, Calif.
    April 5-6, 2014

    Sunday, April 6

    9:55 a.m. || Women's Collegiate Invitational Grand Final | USC V8 (Jessop-Whittier Cup) - Race #79
    10:40 a.m. || Women's Collegiate 2V Grand Final | USC 2V8 (Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy) - Race #83
    11:30 a.m. || Women's Collegiate 4+ Grand Final | USC V4 (Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup) - Race #111
    11:40 a.m. || Women's Collegiate 4+ B Final | USC 2V4 - Race #88
    12:10 p.m. || Women's Collegiate Novice Grand Final | USC N8 (Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy) - Race #91

    SAN DIEGO - The fourth-ranked USC women's rowing team powered its way through the first day of heats at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay on Saturday, April 5. The Women of Troy's varsity boats each took first place in preliminary heats to earn berths in Sunday's grand final races. The USC novice eight also qualified for its grand final with a third-place finish in today's heat.

    In the first race of the day, USC's varsity eight set the tone with an open-water victory in heat A of the Women's Collegiate Invitational division. Coxed by junior Paige Fernandes with senior All-American stroke Vineta Moca, the Women of Troy completed the course with a time of 6:32.692 out of lane one to outpace Washington State (6:38.218), Wisconsin (6:39.995), Miami (6:53.217), and Texas (6:57.566). The varsity eight lineup includes Krisztina Gyimes, Madara Strautmane, Keret Einaste, Madelyn Walters, Elizabeth Turner, Lindsay Gibson, and Svenja Jonas. The V8 will race for an unprecedented fourth straight Jessop-Whittier Cup title on Sunday at 9:55 a.m. PT.

    USC's 2V8 also raced out of lane one guided by junior coxswain Kellyn Freire. The boat was stroked by sophomore Deirdre Fitzpatrick with Rebecca Shaffer, Eglit Vosu, Darian DiCianno, Kajsa Olsson, Jelena Miladinovic, Kamali Houston, and Shelby Adair in the lineup. The Trojans posted a time of 6:40.735 to edge Wisconsin (6:43.306), Iowa (6:50.560), Miami (6:51.446), and Sacramento State (6:58.237). The second varsity eight will race in Sunday's grand final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy at 10:40 a.m. PT.

    The Trojans' V4 secured a first-place finish in its heat to qualify USC's third varsity boat for the grand finals on Sunday. Coxed by freshman Kaelyn Ibold with Katherine Gleadow, Gitta Kivilaan, Frederike Hackenbroch, and Sara Bilimoria in the lineup, the V4 finished with a time of 7:25.777 to beat out UCLA (7:29.908), Iowa (7:35.634), Texas (7:38.617), Gonzaga (7:40.571), San Diego State (7:48.511), and Sacramento State (7:50.594). The varsity four grand final is set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT as the Women of Troy defend the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup.

    In the Trojans' final race of the day, first-year rowers put the novice eight into its fourth grand final in program history. It is the first time in four years that a USC novice boat has made the Crew Classic's grand final in that division. The Trojans put up a time of 7:11.691 to finish in third place in their heat behind California (6:59.917) and Washington State (7:10.594). USC's time was better than British Columbia (7:15.520) and Sacramento State (7:21.571). The novice eight was coxed by Aly Scharpf with Marygail Dibuono at the stroke seat followed by Erika Blumberga, Brianna Morris, Stephanie Griep, Sophia Mitropoulos, Karina Batek, Anu Rajendran, and Megan Linney in the bow seat. The Women's Collegiate Novice grand final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy is set for 12:10 p.m. PT on Sunday.

    USC will boat a second varsity four for a single race set for 11:40 a.m. The Trojans will take on Gonzaga, Old Dominion, San Diego State, UCLA and San Diego, and race out of lane six.

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    Saturday, April 5
    * Note: Lane assignment noted next to finish

    1 (1) 6:32.692 USC 1 (1) 6:40.735 USC 1 (1) 7:25.777 USC 1 (1) 6:59.917 CAL
    2 (3) 6:38.218 WSU 2 (2) 6:43.306 WIS 2 (2) 7:29.908 UCLA 2 (3) 7:10.594 WSU
    3 (2) 6:39.995 WIS 3 (3) 6:50.560 IOWA 3 (3) 7:35.634 IOWA 3 (2) 7:11.691 USC
    4 (5) 6:53.217 MIA 4 (4) 6:51.446 MIA 4 (5) 7:38.617 TEX 4 (5) 7:15.520 UBC
    5 (4) 6:57.566 TEX 5 (5) 6:58.237 SAC 5 (4) 7:40.571 GON 5 (4) 7:21.571 SAC
                6 (7) 7:48.511 SDSU      
                7 (6) 7:50.594 SAC      
    USC 1V8 USC 2V8 USC 1V4 USC N8
    Bow Svenja Jonas Bow Shelby Adair Bow Sara Bilimoria Bow Megan Linney
    2 Lindsay Gibson 2 Kamali Houston 2 Frederike Hackenbroch 2 Anu Rajendran
    3 Elizabeth Turner 3 Jelena Miladinovic 3 Gitta Kivilaan 3 Karina Batek
    4 Madelyn Walters 4 Kajsa Olsson Stk Katherine Gleadow 4 Sophia Mitropoulos
    5 Keret Einaste 5 Darian DiCianno Cox Kaelyn Ibold 5 Stephanie Griep
    6 Madara Strautmane 6 Eglit Vosu     6 Brianna Morris
    7 Krisztina Gyimes 7 Rebecca Shaffer     7 Erika Blumberga
    Stk Vineta Moca Stk Deirdre Fitzpatrick     Stk Marygail Dibuono
    Cox Paige Fernandes Cox Kellyn Freire     Cox Aly Scharpf