The Bruins left Marina del Rey, California, with their first dual-meet loss of the season.
UCLA women’s rowing (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) fell to No. 15 USC (1-0, 1-0) on Ballona Creek on Saturday. The win marked the Trojans’ 18th-straight victory over the Bruins.
The meet began with both teams’ second varsity eight crews facing off. The Trojans finished nine seconds ahead of the Bruins, crossing in 7:10.40 compared to UCLA’s 7:19.40.
Two Bruin crews – the third varsity eight and novice eight – raced in the second matchup of the competition. The third varsity eight boat beat the novice eight crew by just over four seconds.
In the race between UCLA’s varsity four crew and USC’s varsity four and second varsity four boats, the Trojans’ varsity four crew took first with a time of 8:26.80. The Bruins’ boat finished in second, crossing in 8:36.60.
The meet concluded with the varsity eight race. USC took home the win with a time of 7:00.90 compared to UCLA’s time of 7:13.50.
The dual-meet win was not only a victory for USC rowing, but it gave the Trojans the Crosstown Cup for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Both UCLA and USC will be back in action May 19 at the Pac-12 Championship in Sacramento, California.