USC Rowing Takes Fifth at Pac-12 Championships

    The Women of Troy finished in fifth at the 2015 Pac-12 Rowing Championships.

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    May 17, 2015

    GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The 14th-ranked USC women's rowing team earned 20.5 points to finish in fifth place at the 2015 Pac-12 Rowing Championships on the waters of Lake Natoma on Sunday, May 17. The Trojans' varsity four took fourth place in its race while the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and third varsity eight each finished in fifth place in their respective races.

    The Women of Troy now await the decision of the NCAA selection committee and seek an at-large berth for their seventh consecutive team bid (ninth all-time) into the national championships. The selections will be announced at 2 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.

    California won its eighth conference title in 10 years by edging Washington in the varsity eight race. The Golden Bears finished with 41.0 points. The Huskies had 39.5 points, followed by Washington State (30.5), Stanford (29.5), and USC. UCLA finished in sixth place (11.0) with Oregon State in seventh (10.0). The Huskies led the field heading into the final race of the day and had won gold in the 3V8, 2V8, and V4 races. Cal receives the Pac-12's automatic bid into the NCAA championships.

    In the first race of the day, USC's third varsity eight completed the 2000-meter course with a time of 7:12.3 for fifth place. The Trojans came out of lane six to overcome UCLA (7:12.7), which had favorable lane position in four, and Stanford (7:14.3). Washington won the race with a time of 6:47.7 with Cal in second (6:58.1), WSU in third (7:01.9), and OSU in fourth (7:10.7). The Trojans' 3V8 was coxed by sophomore Claire Purvis with Katie Hubert at stroke, followed by Elaine Krebs, Erika Blumberga, Eglit Vōsu, Katherine Plaxe, Karina Batek, K.C. Sullivan, and Megan Linney in the bow.

    All-American junior Krisztina Gyimes returned to the USC lineup for her first race of the spring and sat in the stroke seat for the varsity four. The Women of Troy stayed with the pack for much of the race, but fell back as Washington (7:30.2), Washington State (7:31.7), and California (7:36.5) began to pull away. USC finished in fourth place (7:41.1) ahead of Stanford (7:41.7), UCLA (7:51.7), and Oregon State (8:11.3) Alexandra Fowler coxed the USC V4 with Sofia Sobotta behind Gyimes, followed by Isabel Fitter, and Kamali Houston in the bow seat.

    In the 2V8 race, Washington separated from the group to win with open water on a time of 6:39.7. Cal finished second (6:44.2) with Washington State just behind at 6:46.4 and Stanford at 6:49.5. The Trojans led the back half of the race and finished in fifth with a time of 6:56.5 ahead of Oregon State (6:58.4) and UCLA (7:09.2). Sophomore Kaelyn Ibold called the race for the second varsity eight with Kendall Sinosky in the stroke seat followed by Ida Gørtz Jacobsen, Sasha Varekova, Sara Bilimoria, Gitta Kivilaan, Caroline Boals, Katherine Gleadow, and Shelby Adair in the bow.

    The day's main event brought no surprises as all boats finished in their seeded order from one through seven. California wrestled the team title away from Washington with a big open-water win in the V8 and a time of 6:30.6. Stanford finished in second place (6:36.7) with the Huskies in third at 6:39.2. WSU crossed the finish line with a time of 6:43.7 ahead of USC (6:48.8), which took fifth place to end the day. UCLA came in sixth (6:53.4) ahead of Oregon State (6:56.3). Senior Kellyn Freire coxed the varsity eight with Madara Strautmane at stroke. Strautmane was followed by Marliis Reinkort, Lindsay Gibson, Elizabeth Turner, Alice Riley, Keret Einaste, Dorottya Bene, and Darian DiCianno in the bow.

    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 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Lake Natoma | Gold River, Calif.
    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    RESULTS and BOATINGS
    * Note: Lane assignment noted next to finish

    VARSITY EIGHT 2ND VARSITY EIGHT VARSITY FOUR 3RD VARSITY EIGHT TEAM STANDINGS
    1 (1) 6:30.6 CAL 1 (1) 6:39.7 UW 1 (1) 7:30.2 UW 1 (2) 6:47.7 UW 1 41.0 CAL
    2 (2) 6:36.7 STAN 2 (2) 6:44.2 CAL 2 (2) 7:31.7 WSU 2 (1) 6:58.1 CAL 2 39.5 UW
    3 (3) 6:39.2 UW 3 (3) 6:46.4 WSU 3 (3) 7:36.5 CAL 3 (3) 7:01.9 WSU 3 30.5 WSU
    4 (4) 6:43.7 WSU 4 (4) 6:49.5 STAN 4 (4) 7:41.1 USC 4 (5) 7:10.7 OSU 4 29.5 STAN
    5 (5) 6:48.8 USC 5 (6) 6:56.5 USC 5 (5) 7:41.7 STAN 5 (6) 7:12.3 USC 5 20.5 USC
    6 (6) 6:53.4 UCLA 6 (7) 6:58.4 OSU 6 (6) 7:51.7 UCLA 6 (4) 7:12.7 UCLA 6 11.0 UCLA
    7 (7) 6:56.3 OSU 7 (5) 7:09.2 UCLA 7 (7) 8:11.3 OSU 7 (7) 7:14.3 STAN 7 10.0 OSU
                                 
    USC 1V8 USC 2V8 USC 1V4 USC 3V8  
    Bow Darian DiCianno Bow Shelby Adair Bow Kamali Houston Bow Megan Linney    
    2 Dorottya Bene 2 Katherine Gleadow 2 Isabel Fitter 2 K.C. Sullivan    
    3 Keret Einaste 3 Caroline Boals 3 Sofia Sobotta 3 Karina Batek    
    4 Alice Riley 4 Gitta Kivilaan Stk Krisztina Gyimes 4 Katherine Plaxe    
    5 Elizabeth Turner 5 Sara Bilimoria Cox Alexandra Fowler 5 Eglit Vōsu    
    6 Lindsay Gibson 6 Sasha Varekova     6 Erika Blumberga    
    7 Marliis Reinkort 7 Ida Gørtz Jacobsen     7 Elaine Krebs    
    Stk Madara Strautmane Stk Kendall Sinosky     Stk Katie Hubert    
    Cox Kellyn Freire Cox Kaelyn Ibold     Cox Claire Purvis