Women of Troy Cruise to 14th Straight Win Over Crosstown Rival UCLA

    USC junior Darian DiCianno

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    April 11, 2015

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif. - The 10th-ranked USC women's rowing team remained perfect and extended its winning streak over crosstown rival UCLA to 14 straight in the annual head-to-head dual with a 4-3 victory at Ballona Creek on Saturday, April 11. For the first time in the 14-year history of the dual, the teams raced in slack water, from west to east, in the shallow waters of the creek.

    The change in racing conditions didn't affect the Women of Troy as USC's varsity four produced an open-water victory to grab the first point of the dual. The Trojans crossed the finish line with a time of 7:12.90 and outpaced their Bruin counterparts (7:22.10) by four boat lengths. The varsity four was stroked by senior Katherine Gleadow and coxed by freshman Alexandra Fowler. Ida Gørtz Jacobsen sat in the three seat, with Kamali Houston at two, and Shelby Adair in the bow of the boat.

    The Bruins went ahead in the dual scoring briefly with a win in the second varsity eight race. UCLA completed the course with a time of 6:23.80 to beat the Trojans' 2V8 (6:31.60) and claim the two points in the standings. The USC 2V8 was coxed by sophomore Kaelyn Ibold with Kendall Sinosky at stroke. Sara Bilimoria sat in the seventh seat and was followed by Sasha Varekova, Caroline Boals, Isabel Fitter, Erika Blumberga, Gitta Kivilaan, and Elaine Krebs in the bow.

    In the main event of the dual, USC's varsity eight came through with a three-second bow-to-stern victory over the Bruins, 6:16.00 to 6:19.19, to claim the three-point prize and secure the dual victory, 4-2. UCLA's top eight started the race strong, but the Trojans maintained contact and began to move by the midpoint of the 2000-meter course. With 750 meters to go, USC had begun to pull away and finished well ahead of the Bruins despite one final push from UCLA in the last 150. The Women of Troy were coxed by senior Kellyn Freire. Madara Strautmane stroked the top eight with Elizabeth Turner in the seventh seat. Lindsay Gibson sat at six and was followed by Keret Einaste, Alice Riley, Darian DiCianno, Dorottya Bene, and Marliis Reinkort in the bow.

    In the final race of the day, UCLA added one more point as it earned an open-water victory with its third varsity eight. The Bruins finished with a time of 6:54.10 to USC's 7:13.10. The Trojans' 3V8 was coxed by Pecko Lin with Katie Hubert in the stroke seat. Hubert was followed by Megan Linney, Sofia Sobotta, Katherine Plaxe, K.C. Sullivan, Karina Batek, Kate Melberg, and Emily McRight in the bow.

    Up next, the Trojans will race eighth-ranked Princeton in a head-to-head dual on the waters of Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., on Sunday, May 3. Please visit USCTrojans.com for a complete schedule of races for the Women of Troy. Fans of the Trojans can and follow and like @USCWomensRowing on Twitter and Facebook.

    2015 USC-UCLA DUAL
    Ballona Creek | Marina Del Rey, Calif.
    Saturday, April 11, 2015


    1 6:16.00 USC 1 7:12.90 USC 1 6:23.80 UCLA 1 6:54.10 UCLA
    2 6:19.19 UCLA 2 7:22.10 UCLA 2 6:31.60 USC 2 7:13.10 USC
    USC 1V8 USC 1V4 USC 2V8 USC 3V8
    Bow Marliis Reinkort Bow Shelby Adair Bow Elaine Krebs Bow Emily McRight
    2 Dorottya Bene 2 Kamali Houston 2 Gitta Kivilaan 2 Kate Melberg
    3 Darian DiCianno 3 Ida Gørtz Jacobsen 3 Erika Blumberga 3 Karina Batek
    4 Alice Riley Stk Katherine Gleadow 4 Isabel Fitter 4 K.C. Sullivan
    5 Keret Einaste Cox Alexandra Fowler 5 Caroline Boals 5 Katherine Plaxe
    6 Lindsay Gibson     6 Sasha Varekova 6 Sofia Sobotta
    7 Elizabeth Turner     7 Sara Bilimoria 7 Megan Linney
    Stk Madara Strautmane     Stk Kendall Sinosky Stk Katie Hubert
    Cox Kellyn Freire     Cox Kaelyn Ibold Cox Pecko Lin