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May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The 12th-ranked USC women’s rowing team completed the 2016 NCAA Championships in 14th place on Sunday, May 29, at Nimbus Dam on the waters of Lake Natoma. The Women of Troy tallied 55 points in the team competition with a 10th-place finish by the varsity eight (fourth in the I Eights Petite Final) and sixth place in the II Eights C Final (18th overall) and fifth place in the Fours C Final (17th overall).

California claimed its third NCAA title in women’s rowing with 129 points. The Golden Bears won the II Eights and Fours crowns. Ohio State, the three-time defending champion, was dethroned despite finishing with 126 points for the fourth straight year. The Buckeyes’ varsity eight won the I Eights championship to help OSU finish second in the final team standings. Virginia (112) was third followed by crews from the Pac-12 in fourth and fifth. Stanford took fourth place with 107 points and edged Washington, which was fifth with 106 points.

“Our finish today gives us optimism for the future,” said head coach Zenon Babraj. “I thought our boats raced well and after two years of struggles, our varsity eight placed in the top 10 in the country, so we are proud of their finish.”

In the Fours C final, Duke and Syracuse got off the line first and separated from the pack through the first 500 meters. The next three boats were neck and neck through the 750-meter mark, but by halfway, Navy had pulled closer to the front two while USC and Washington State fell back to the fourth and fifth spots. The Trojans made a push and went in front of the Cougars at the 1250 mark, but up front, Duke took several seats from Syracuse for the lead. In the final 500-meter piece, WSU pulled several seats ahead of USC and stayed next to Navy. In the end, Duke finished first at 7:22.311 to beat Syracuse (6:25.635). The Cougars (7:28.254) made a big enough push to edge Navy (7:28.871) for third. USC finished in fifth at a time of 7:38.169 to beat Northeastern’s time of 7:39.963.

Indiana and Duke were clear leaders in the II Eights C final through the first 500 meters, but the Hoosiers had the slight edge in the split. The Trojans found themselves in a three-way battle for fourth place as Syracuse began to separate and join Duke and Indiana. Halfway through, there was a clear front and back half of the six-boat race. Duke maintained its lead into the final 500 and finished first with open water over Indiana with a time of 6:34.803. The Hoosiers finished at 6:37.403 in second place. Syracuse crossed the line at 6:39.067 for third place. Gonzaga came next for fourth place at 6:42.390 while Northeastern finished in fifth at 6:44.067. The Trojans took sixth place in the final at 6:46.136.

In the regatta’s I Eights petite final, the Trojans faced top boats from Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Syracuse. The Longhorns, Huskies, Wolverines, and Badgers maintained a healthy lead in the race through the belly of the course, but USC and Michigan moved into the group at the halfway point. Texas and Washington began to separate themselves with 500 meters to go, but in a tight finish, the Longhorns claimed the win with a time of 6:24.496. The Huskies finished at 6:25.145. Wisconsin took third at 6:26.419 and had a couple of seats over USC’s fourth-place finish at 6:28.487. Michigan came in at fifth with a time of 6:30.546 and Syracuse was sixth at 6:31.733.

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Lake Natoma | Gold River, Calif.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

* Lane assignments listed in parenthesis

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