March 25, 2004
Los Angeles - This week, the UCLA women's rowing team competes against Loyola Marymount and USC. On Saturday, Mar. 27, the Bruins host marina-rival LMU in the fourth annual Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup, and on Sunday, Mar. 28, UCLA competes at cross-town rival USC in the third annual dual meet between the two schools.
On Saturday, UCLA and Loyola Marymount will race a varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four boat, and the winner of the varsity eight competition will be awarded the 2004 Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup. The first race is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
On Sunday, UCLA and USC will race a varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and novice eight boat. Three points are awarded for the winner of the varsity eight competition, two points for the second varsity eight competition, and one point apiece for the varsity four and novice eight competitions. The overall winner earns five points toward the Lexus Gauntlet. The first race is scheduled for 9:20 a.m.
The Loyola Marymount women's rowing team is already three races deep into the season. At the Parker Cup (Feb. 26), the Lion varsity eight defeated San Diego State and UC Irvine. The following week, LMU competed at the Hurricane Invitational (Mar. 12-13), where the Lion varsity eight went undefeated, earning victories against Barry, Miami, Connecticut, and Central Florida.
Last week, LMU competed at the West Coast Conference Challenge (Mar. 20-21), where the Lion varsity eight recorded victories over Santa Clara, St. Mary's, Portland, and Gonzaga. Loyola Marymount is currently undefeated in the varsity eight competition.
Last year, UCLA defeated LMU in the varsity eight competition to win the Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup. UCLA trails the overall the series, 1-2.
This Sunday's race against the Bruins is USC's first race of the regular season. The USC varsity eight boat entered the season ranked 12th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coaches Preseason Poll released on March 11.
UCLA and USC established this annual racing tradition in 2002. The Bruins dropped the first two meetings against the Women of Troy (5-2 in 2002 and 6-1 in 2003).
Last season, UCLA won the novice eight race, while USC won the varsity four, varsity eight, and second varsity eight competitions.
The Lexus Gauntlet Challenge
Sunday's race will decide who will capture all five points awarded in women's rowing for the 2003-04 Lexus Gauntlet -- a season-long competition between USC and UCLA. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head athletic contest throughout the year. UCLA currently trails this year's competition 30.0 to 50.0 with points still to be awarded in rowing, men's and women's golf, men's and women's track and field and baseball.
The UCLA women's rowing team opened up the regular season hosting UC Irvine in the first-ever dual meet between the two schools. UCLA swept all five races: the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight competitions.
UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount Dual Meet
Fourth Annual Karen Hock-Hjelm Cup
Ballona Creek - Marina del Rey
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. - Women's Varsity Fours
9:20 a.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eights
9:40 a.m. - Women's Varsity Eights
Directions to the UCLA Boathouse
UCLA Marina del Rey Aquatic Center
14001 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA
Take the 405 South (San Diego Freeway).
Take the 90 West (Marina del Rey Freeway).
Follow the 90 all the way to its end (which is a surface street).
Make a LEFT on "Mindanao."
Make a LEFT on "Lincoln Blvd."
Make a RIGHT on "Fiji Way" (the Aquatic Center is located at the end of Fiji Way, behind the Villa Venetia Apartment Complex).
Free Parking at Dock 52 (15 minutes walk from the Aquatic Center). Parking also available at the Fisherman's Village (5 minutes walk from the Aquatic Center).
UCLA vs. USC
USC Boathouse - Port of Los Angeles
Sunday, March 28, 2004
Schedule of Events
9:20 a.m. - Women's Varsity Eights
9:40 a.m. - Women's Second Varsity Eights
10:20 a.m. - Women's Novice Eights
10:40 a.m. - Women's Varsity Fours
Directions to USC Boathouse:
Take the 405 South.
Take the 110 South.
Exit "C" Street.
Make a RIGHT at the stop sign at "Figueroa".
Make a LEFT on "Harry Bridges".
Make a RIGHT on "Avalon".
Make a LEFT on "Water Street".
Make a RIGHT on "Yacht St".
The boathouse is on the left past the fire station.