May 10, 2003
Marina del Rey, Calif. - The UCLA Bruins hosted the USC Women of Troy today in dual-meet rowing action in Ballona Creek. The Bruins dropped 3 of 4 races, winning only the Novice Eight competition. USC was victorious in the Varsity Eight, 2V Eight, and Varsity Four competitions and won the dual by a score of 6-1, earning all five points toward the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge.
In the first race of the morning, the Women's Varsity Fours, USC held an early advantage and would win the 2000m race by 11-seconds in 7:24.6. The two UCLA varsity four boats were about even the entire stretch, but the UCLA 'B' boat, posting a time of 7:35.76, finished second, while the UCLA 'A' boat finished third in 7:36.80. With the victory in the Varsity Four competition, USC took an early 1-0 lead.
Next up was the Women's 2V Eight competition. The Women of Troy controlled the race from the start and won by 26-seconds in 6:29.7. The UCLA 2V8 followed in second in 6:55.08. With the victory, USC gained 2 points and now led the dual by a score of 3-0.
In the Women's Varsity Eights, USC maintained an early advantage, but the Bruins were within a length for the first 1000m. The Women of Troy pulled away and won by open water in 6:16.5. UCLA finished just over 9-seconds behind in 6:26.16. With the victory, USC gained 3 points to lead 6-0, clinching the dual meet victory.
In the final race of the morning, the Women's Novice Eights, UCLA was the heavy favorite. The Bruins controlled the race from the start and won by open water in 6:28.7. USC followed 10-seconds behind in 6:39.17. UCLA gained 1 point for the victory, and the final dual meet score was USC 6, UCLA 1.
USC earned all five points awarded to women's rowing for the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. UCLA and USC are now both tied at 55.0-55.0.
Today's dual versus USC completed UCLA's 2003 regular season. The Bruins return to action next weekend, May 17-18, to compete at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and the Pac-10 Rowing Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif.