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Rowers Earn Wins Over USC Trojans in Varsity Four

Feb. 27, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif - The Toreros took on the USC Trojans and SDSU Aztecs this past weekend on Mission Bay. In their second annual match-up, the Toreros hosted the Trojans for a scrimmage where all boats raced 1600 meters at open stroke ratings. "It is very much a privilege to race a team of the Trojan's caliber," commented Head Coach, Joan O'Hara. The Trojans were ranked #3 for NCAA D1 in 2006. "Having the opportunity to race them head-to-head raises the level and expectations for our team for the entire season."

The highlight of the scrimmage was the Varsity Fours races where the Toreros edged out two Trojans boats in one out of three scrimmage pieces, and finished just behind the Trojan "A" boat in the other two. "I could not be more proud of our Varsity Four," said O'Hara. "They had a very realistic understanding of what they were up against going into the races, and they refused to be intimidated. This is the Four that beat UCLA among others in the Fall when they won NARF (the Toreros took 1st at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in November), and they have full confidence in each other and their ability to do whatever it takes. This boat of walk-on Sophomore and Junior rowers are four very tough athletes." The Toreros beat the SDSU Aztecs by open water in all three of the pieces.

In the Novice and JV Eight races, the Toreros did not fare as well, falling to the Trojans and the Aztecs. "We didn't have a realistic shot of beating USC in the Eights races," said O'Hara. "Both our JV and our Novice Eights are line-ups of very young, mainly walk-on athletes. The Trojan line-ups included seasoned rowers who have competed at the World Championship level. Still I think we could have raced better and been much closer to the Aztecs. But we are just finishing-up our base training phase and I expect a lot more speed out of all the boats in the upcoming months leading up to the Championship races. That's the great thing about young rowers - they have a very steep learning curve!"

The Toreros next race will be the Berg Cup at Orange Coast College in Newport Beach on March 24th.

Results

Varsity Fours             Varsity/JV Eights                    Novice Eights

1st piece:                     1st piece:                                 1st piece:

USC                            USC                                        USC

USD A                         USC                                        SDSU A

USC                            SDSU                                      USD

SDSU                          SDSU JV                                 SDSU B

USD B                         USD JV

2nd piece:                    2nd piece:                                2nd piece:

USD A                         USC                                        USC

USC                            USC                                        SDSU A

USC                            SDSU                                      USD

SDSU                          SDSU JV                                 SDSU B

USD B                         USD JV

3rd piece:                    3rd piece:                               

USC                            USC                                       

USD A                         USC                                       

USC                            SDSU                                     

SDSU                          SDSU JV                                

USD B                         USD JV