USC Rowing Finishes 15th at NCAA Championships

    The USC varsity eight finished fourth in its C final.

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    May 31, 2015

    GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The 15th-ranked USC women's rowing team completed the 2015 season with a 15th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma. Racing in all C finals, the Women of Troy took third place in the II Eights and Fours races, and came in fourth in the I Eights final. The Trojans tallied 45 points among their three boats to finish 15th in the final team standings.

    Ohio State (126 points) claimed its third consecutive national title as a team and won the I Eights crown. California finished in second place (114) and was followed by Brown (112) in third and Washington (110) in fourth.

    The Trojans' varsity four started its final in a precarious position. USC led just Gonzaga through 500 meters and found itself in fifth place at the midway mark. Indiana led the entire race and finished on top with a time of 7:42.162. With 500 meters to go, the Women of Troy caught up to Navy and made a big push over the final 250 to move from fifth place to third place and crossed the line at 7:51.698, just a hair behind Harvard (7:50.049). The Trojans clipped Wisconsin at the end, which finished at 7:51.978. Navy took fifth (7:53.506) with Gonzaga behind the pack at 8:03.966. The varsity four was coxed by freshman Alexandra Fowler with Isabel Fitter at stroke, followed by Sofia Sobotta, Elaine Krebs, and Kamali Houston in the bow.

    There was little drama as the II Eights C Final unfolded. Princeton led the entire race and finished first (6:46.443). Harvard made a push in the back half of the course but was held off by their fellow Ivy Leaguers and finished in second (6:48.978). The Trojans sat solidly in third place and finished there with a time of 6:56.421, clear ahead of fourth-place Northeastern (7:00.674). Northeastern held off a charge by the Fighting Irish to keep Notre Dame at fifth (7:02.703), which barely edged Massachusetts' time of 7:02.760.

    The Trojans' second varsity eight was coxed by sophomore Kaelyn Ibold with freshman Kendall Sinosky at stroke. She was followed by Ida Gørtz Jacobsen, Sasha Varekova, Sara Bilimoria, Gitta Kivilaan, Caroline Boals, Katherine Gleadow, and Shelby Adair in the bow.

    In the final race of the spring, USC's varsity eight found itself in a four-boat race for third after Wisconsin and Yale jumped out to early leads. The Badgers led the entire length of the course and finished in first with a time of 6:36.006. The Bulldogs crossed the line a few seats behind Wisconsin (6:38.916) but had created a boat-length's lead over Gonzaga, which finished third (6:41.158). The Trojans fought off Notre Dame down the stretch to barely overtake the Irish and finish in fourth (6:44.218) to UND's 6:44.901. Central Florida fell off the pace and finished in sixth at 6:55.452.

    The USC V8 was coxed by senior Kellyn Freire, who had junior stroke Madara Strautmane in front of her. Elizabeth Turner sat in the seventh seat followed by Lindsay Gibson, Keret Einaste, Alice Riley, Darian DiCianno, Dorottya Bene, and Marliis Reinkort in the bow.

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    Lake Natoma | Gold River, Calif.
    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    * Note: Lane assignment noted next to finish

    1 (2) 6:36.006 Wisconsin 1 (1) 6:46.443 Princeton 1 (1) 7:42.162 Indiana
    2 (4) 6:38.916 Yale 2 (2) 6:48.978 Harvard 2 (2) 7:50.049 Harvard
    3 (1) 6:41.158 Gonzaga 3 (3) 6:56.421 USC 3 (4) 7:51.698 USC
    4 (3) 6:44.218 USC 4 (5) 7:00.674 Northeastern 4 (3) 7:51.978 Wisconsin
    5 (6) 6:44.901 Notre Dame 5 (6) 7:02.703 Notre Dame 5 (5) 7:53.506 Navy
    6 (5) 6:55.452 Central Fla. 6 (4) 7:02.760 Massachusetts 6 (6) 8:03.966 Gonzaga
    USC 1V8 USC 2V8 USC 1V4
    Bow Marliis Reinkort Bow Shelby Adair Bow Kamali Houston
    2 Dorottya Bene 2 Katherine Gleadow 2 Elaine Krebs
    3 Darian DiCianno 3 Caroline Boals 3 Sofia Sobotta
    4 Alice Riley 4 Gitta Kivilaan Stk Isabel Fitter
    5 Keret Einaste 5 Sara Bilimoria Cox Alexandra Fowler
    6 Lindsay Gibson 6 Sasha Varekova    
    7 Elizabeth Turner 7 Ida Gørtz Jacobsen    
    Stk Madara Strautmane Stk Kendall Sinosky    
    Cox Kellyn Freire Cox Kaelyn Ibold