No. 6 USC Set to Open 2014 at Pac-12 Women's Challenge

    USC senior Kajsa Olsson and sophomore Kamali Houston

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    March 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - The sixth-ranked USC women's rowing team opens the 2014 season in Redwood City, Calif., at the Pac-12 Women's Challenge (March 29-30) hosted by Stanford on the waters of Redwood Shores. The Women of Troy will face crews from No. 16 Louisville on Saturday morning, followed by races against No. 18 Clemson in Saturday's afternoon session. USC and No. 3 Virginia will go head-to-head on Sunday morning.

    The Trojans will race four boats at the Pac-12 Challenge: a first and second varsity eight boat, and two varsity four boats. Other crews in attendance include host No. 13 Stanford, Oregon State, San Diego, No. 15 Wisconsin, Saint Mary's College, No. 2 California, Marin, Capital Crew, Mount Baker, St. Ignatius HS, River City, and the Stanford Rowing Center.

    USC's V8 will race Louisville to start the weekend at 9:10 a.m. PT on Saturday. The Trojans and the Cardinals' 2V8 will start at 9:40 a.m., followed by the V4 at 10:10 a.m., and the 2V4 at 10:40 a.m. On Saturday afternoon, the Trojans' V8 will face Clemson at 1:10 p.m., followed by 2V8 at 1:30 p.m., V4 at 1:50 p.m., and 2V4 at 2:10 p.m.

    Sunday's races against the third-ranked Cavaliers start with the varsity eight at 9 a.m. PT. The 2V8 will race at 9:20 a.m., followed by the V4 at 9:40 a.m., and the 2V4 at 10 a.m. to conclude the weekend.

    The racecourse runs through the heart of the Redwood Shores community; private protected waters that are the backyards of residents of Redwood Shores where many will be sitting and watching with their families and friends. Fans may view the race from the start at Marine Parkway and Shell Blvd., the Paragon Point launching area, the bridge at the 1,000-meter point, and along the shore on the side closest to lane one, at the base of the Hotel Sofitel.

    Fans can follow @Pac12Challenge on Twitter for updates. Please visit for a complete schedule of races for the Women of Troy.

    Hosted by Stanford
    Redwood Shores | Redwood City, Calif.
    March 29-30, 2014


    Saturday, March 29
    9:10 a.m. USC vs. Louisville (1V8)
    9:40 a.m. USC vs. Louisville (2V8)
    10:10 a.m. USC vs. Louisville (1V4)
    10:40 a.m. USC vs. Louisville (2V4)
    1:10 p.m. USC vs. Clemson (1V8)
    1:30 p.m. USC vs. Clemson (2V8)
    1:50 p.m. USC vs. Clemson (1V4)
    2:10 p.m. USC vs. Clemson (2V4)

    Sunday, March 30
    9:00 a.m. USC vs. Virginia (1V8)
    9:20 a.m. USC vs. Virginia (2V8)
    9:40 a.m. USC vs. Virginia (1V4)
    10:00 a.m. USC vs. Virginia (2V4)

    USC 1V8
    Bow: Svenja Jonas
    2. Lindsay Gibson
    3. Elizabeth Turner
    4. Madelyn Walters
    5. Keret Einaste
    6. Madara Strautmane
    7. Krisztina Gyimes
    Stroke: Vineta Moca
    Cox: Paige Fernandes

    USC 2V8
    Bow: Shelby Adair
    2. Kamali Houston
    3. Jelena Miladinovic
    4. Kajsa Olsson
    5. Darian DiCianno
    6. Eglit Vosu
    7. Rebecca Shaffer
    Stroke: Deirdre Fitzpatrick
    Cox: Kellyn Freire

    USC 1V4
    Bow: Gitta Kivilaan
    2. Frederike Hackenbroch
    3. Sara Bilimoria
    Stroke: Katherine Gleadow
    Cox: Kaelyn Ibold

    USC 2V4
    Bow: Elaine Krebs
    2. Michelle Popelka
    3. Erika Blumberga
    Stroke: Erica Christianson
    Cox: Aly Scharpf