USC Women's Rowing Opens Fall at Head of the American

    USC will race in the Head of the American to open the fall season.

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    Oct. 24, 2013

    LOS ANGELES - The USC women’s rowing team heads to California State Park in Gold River, Calif., for the 2013 Head of the American, this weekend. Featuring some of the top rowing programs from the West Coast, the annual regatta takes place on the banks of the American River at Lake Natoma. The one-day event set for Saturday (Oct. 26) is hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and will test the Women of Troy for the first time, this season.

    “The Head of the American has always been a great opportunity for us as a program,” said 12th-year head coach Zenon Babraj. “We’re able to use the head race to gain experience, and to continue to development some of our returning athletes. It’s also a good time to evaluate both returners as well as our newcomers as that will help us determine what course to take in terms of unifying our technique as a team. We always race in multiple races including a couple of small boats. We’re really not looking for any particular combinations, but want to see what kind of lineups are suited to reinforce the technical changes that we are working on at this time of year.” 

    Ranked No. 1 for much of the season, the Trojans completed the 2013 spring campaign with a program-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships. USC’s varsity four came in second for silver medals in the NCAA's fours event while the second varsity eight enjoyed a program-record fourth-place finish in its event. 

    USC won three trophies at the San Diego Crew Classic including a third consecutive claim to the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup. The Trojans also won the Lake Natoma Invitational, defeated UCLA in its annual dual race, and came in second at the Pac-12 championships. USC’s varsity eight won the second Pac-12 title in program history and helped secure the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA championships.

    The Trojans return the services of two-time CRCA All-American port Vineta Moca to this year’s lineup. Moca has held the stroke seat in the varsity eight boat for each of the past two seasons. USC also returns junior starboard Krisztina Gyimes to the squad but will have to replace a strong since-departed senior class.

    USC will race several eight-rower boats including a novice eight. For more information on the Head of the American, please visit