Women of Troy win big at weekend invitational

No. 5 USC women’s rowing continued their hot start to the season, winning seven of their eight races at the Stanford Women’s Invitational on Saturday against no. 11 Stanford, no. 15 Michigan State and no. 17 Notre Dame.

The varsity eight boat started the morning by posting the fastest time of the day (6:21.2), beating Notre Dame by 11 seconds, as well as the times of Stanford, Michigan State, California and Washington.

The Women of Troy’s second varsity eight followed the strong start by beating Notre Dame 6:37.7 to 6:40.6 while never trailing throughout the course of the race.

USC’s only loss of the day was in their final event against Notre Dame, who out-rowed USC’s varsity four in the final 750 meters to open up a close race and beat the Women of Troy 7:17.8 to 7:20.5.

The Women of Troy would bounce back from their only loss of the day, winning all three events in the afternoon against Michigan State.

USC’s varsity eight remains undefeated for the season after beating Michigan State by almost a 10-second margin (6:23.5 to 6:32.5).

USC’s second varsity eight faced more of a challenge in their race, but still came out with winning time of 6:37.7, almost three seconds faster than Michigan State.

The day’s closest race involved the USC varsity four, which managed a hard-fought first victory of the season against Michigan State. Senior coxswain Caroline Trawick, Chloe Roddy, Caroline Sederowsky, Madelyn Walters, and Jelena Miladinovic finished in 7:27.4, just ahead of Michigan State’s 7:28.6.

The Women of Troy continue their season against UCLA at their home course in San Pedro, Calif. on Saturday, April 28.