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Stevens Center Academic Spotlight: Ida Jacobsen

USC's student-athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool --- they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week, we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a bit better in our academic spotlight.

Jacobsen, Ida Gørtz.jpgName: Ida Gortz Jacobsen
Class: Junior
Sport: Rowing
Majors: Global Studies and Comparative Literature
Minor: Architecture
GPA: 3.83

Aubrey Kragen (AK): Can you tell me a little bit about the Global Studies program here and why you decided to study it?

Ida Jacobsen (IJ): Actually, I came in as an Anthropology major, but Global Studies is in the Anthropology department. Global Studies is more interdisciplinary, so I can take International Relations, Political Science and Comparative Literature classes for it. It has an Anthropology profile, so I take most of my classes in the Anthropology department. I took summer school in Paris with the IR program.

AK: What was studying in Paris like?

IJ: It was super fun. It was six weeks in Paris with 10 other USC students at the American University of Paris. I got to meet a lot of people outside of athletics, which was nice because it's hard to find friends outside sometimes, because we spend so much time on the team with each other. But it was a great experience -- I loved my professor there and I got to travel around Paris. It was about the European Union and politics issues in the past and the future. I'm from Denmark, so I find that very relevant.

AK: And how did you end up with an Architecture minor? I've heard it's a really rigorous program at USC.

IJ: I love the discipline and the creativity. I had a two-week internship in high school at a drawing studio in Copenhagen, and I've always liked looking at buildings and art. For me, it was just a good way to think creatively or think about the role of architecture, because it's all around us. I took a workshop class and loved it, and I've just been taking classes ever since.

AK: It sounds like you have a wide range of interests, so do you have a good idea of what you want to do career-wise, or are you still exploring?

IJ: I think I'm still exploring. I'm hoping that within the next year and a half, I'll have something more decisive. But I was really glad I took up the Comparative Literature major a year ago, because I love the interdisciplinarity of Global Studies, but Comparative Literature just grounds you in one field and you get to work with those texts deeply and very analytically. And I think that's really important because often you skim texts, and for me it's important to stay in those details and ask those questions that we don't always ask. So career-wise, maybe something in literature, but it all depends. I would love to go to graduate school, and I might want to go closer to home, either in Denmark or maybe Sweden or England.

AK: How did you end up at USC after growing up in Denmark?


IJ: I received a message from our assistant coach once, basically saying, "Have you thought about going to school in the U.S. and rowing?" I was taken aback by it and I didn't really know at first, because not a lot of people that I know had done that in the rowing world. But I was sure that I didn't want to go straight from high school to a university in Denmark; I wanted to do something fun to get out of that little country, so I took a chance and I just stuck with it. I wasn't sure when I came here whether I wanted to do just one or two years, but it just happened and I'm really glad it did.

AK: What's a typical day like balancing rowing practice with a double major and a minor?

IJ: I get up at 5:30 and we leave on a bus at 6 a.m. to practice on the water for 90 minutes to two hours. Then I get back and have class at 10, 11 or 12. Usually three to four hours of class per day. Then Monday, Wednesday, Friday we have afternoon practices as well. And then two practices on Saturday as well. So I try to get all my work done before 8 so I can totally focus on hanging out with friends or roommates after that.

AK: What is your involvement with the Oversight Committee for Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA)?

IJ: OCAAA is a mix of student representatives from athletics and faculty members from different departments, like Dornsife and the cinema and law school. We talk about issues relating to athletics and academics, because they often blend together, both in good ways and not-so-good ways. We work to make faculty and students more aware of the rules and who should report to who when something happens. I learn a lot while just sitting and listening in meetings. I've learned that USC really tries hard to make sure that things are done the right way.

AK: Lastly, what are some of the things you want to achieve at USC and beyond?

IJ: For athletics, we had three really good races in our offseason and a great training camp right before Christmas. It's been such a great energy, and I think if we can keep that energy going all the way through national championships, the goal could easily be being in the Top 3 or Top 6 of NCAAs, maybe even win a title. That would be great. Academically, just keep doing what I'm doing. I want to figure out a more set field to go into. I've had several classes that I've fallen in love with, but still finding out which field exactly or which language, which path I want to go.

Trophy Time

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During the Trojans' game vs. Colorado on Saturday, USC's female student-athletes were presented their trophy and check for winning the 2015-16 Capital One Cup.

The Capital One Cup recognizes NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative performance across multiple men's and women's sports. The Women of Troy earned their first ever Capital One Cup Trophy by winning two national championships (water polo and beach volleyball) and posting eight total Top-10 finishes (lacrosse, volleyball, golf, swimming, track and indoor track) last season. USC's spring sports helped catapult the program from 17th place at the end of the winter season to the top overall spot.

As part of the presentation, Capital One also presented USC with a $200,000 check for student-athlete scholarships.

Currently, USC's women's soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country and swimming programs are working to keep the Women of Troy atop the college athletics totem pole. Women's swimming heads to the SMU Classic on Friday, while volleyball faces Oregon in Eugene on Friday night. Women's golf will start play in the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament on Friday as well.

21 Pilots

Heading into the 2016-17 season, representatives from each of USC's 21 sports met on top of the AT&T Center for the annual "All 21" photo shoot. The AT&T Center, just two miles from campus, overlooks the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, where the Trojans call home.

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Top row, from left to right: Nick Bell (men's water polo), Nina Kelty (lacrosse), Rebekah Ent (cross country), Anika  Apostalon (women's swimming), Eric Sloan (men's track & field), Courtney Jaco (women's basketball), Karen Chung (women's golf), Lucas Yoder (men's volleyball), Reed Malone (men's swimming), Brianna Daboub (women's water polo), Sara Hughes (beach volleyball), Jeremy Martinez (baseball)

Bottom row, from left to right: Zach Banner (football), Zoe Katz (women's tennis), Jordan McLaughlin (men's basketball), Amalie Iuel (women's track & field), Madara Strautmane (rowing), Nick Crystal (men's tennis), Collin Pollard (men's diving), Taylor Whittingham (women's volleyball), Savannah Levin (women's soccer), Sean Crocker (men's golf), Madison Witt (women's diving)

Pride of Poland

Polish-born Anna Wierzbowska is one of 44 Trojans representing 21 countries at Rio 2016. While the former captain of USC's rowing team certainly has the support of the Trojan family, she's also got another type of family to lean on during the games -- Wierzbowska is competing with her sister, Maria, in women's pair rowing.


Anna Wierzbowska, a first time Olympian, lettered at USC from 2009-12. She helped USC's varsity eight finish third at the 2012 NCAA championships.

The Wierzbowska sisters came in third in their preliminary race and will compete in the women's pair rowing semifinals at 3:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday.

Watch Anna discuss her time at USC and her relationship with her sister:

#USC2RIO: Anna Wierzbowska

The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Anna Wierzbowska

Country: Poland

Event: Women's Rowing


Anna Wierzbowska heads to Rio 2016 as one half of a sister act, rowing in the women's pairs with her sibling, Maria. The 2010 USC All-American was a Trojan captain and helped the Women of Troy win their second of back-to-back Jessop-Whittier Cup titles at the San Diego Crew Classic. She graduated from USC with a degree in international relations in May 2012.

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Spring Smarts

After a phenomenal spring seasons in the water and on the court, beach, track and field, six USC teams closed the book on a successful academic semester as well, collecting postseason academic awards at both the conference and national levels.

Announced last week, eleven members of the conference-winning USC women's lacrosse team, five men's volleyball players and five members of the women's water polo team, which posted it's third-highest team GPA this semester, earned MPSF All-Academic recognition. 

After winning the program's first-ever NCAA national championship, four members of the USC beach volleyball team - Nicolette Martin, Jenna Belton, Jo Kremer and Sophie Bukovec (pictured) - secured spots on the first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball All-Academic teams. Martin received First Team honors, Belton and Kremer were named to the Second Team, while Bukovec garnered honorable mention. 

Three women's rowers, Sara Bilimoria, Kaelyn Ibold and Ida Gortz Jacobsen, received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete recognition

And rounding out the group of talented USC spring student-atheltes, USC senior Jaide Stepter, now headed to the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for her combined success on the track and in the classroom.

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Rowing to NCAAs

No. 12 USC women's rowing is headed to the NCAA Championships for the eight consecutive time and 10th time overall. This year's national regatta, featuring 22 teams, will take place on Lake Natoma in Gold River, CA, from May 27-29.

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The Women of Troy, who are coming off a fifth place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, will try to top their program-best fourth place showing in 2013. Only one Trojan boat has ever won an individual national title - the 1998 varsity four.

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Boat Raced

"All were merged into one smoothly working machine; they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades." - Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat

No. 12 USC women's rowing dominated No. 20 UCLA in the annual Crosstown Rowdown, sweeping the competition for the second time (2004) and extending the program's perfect record over the Bruins to 15-0.

"All four boats performed very well, up to their potential," said head coach Zenon Babraj. "They raised up to the occasion and performed fantastically."

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The Trojans' varsity eight continued its own streak in the dual having never lost in the 15 head-to-head meetings. USC's top boat blew away UCLA's best by eight seconds.

Click here for the video highlights and recap.

The Women of Troy now begin preparations for the Pac-12 Championships set for Sunday, May 15, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, CA.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Dual Meet:


Rowing for the Cup

No. 12 USC women's rowing welcomes No. 20 UCLA to the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday for the annual dual meet (8:40 a.m. start). The Crosstown Rowdown carries 10 important points as the Trojans close in on the BMW Crosstown Cup.

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The Women of Troy have won 14 consecutive dual meets over the Bruins. To track the results of the races, follow @USCWomensRowing on Twitter.

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Season Opening Sweep

Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor 

USC women's rowing broke out the brooms with a Sunday sweep of San Diego State for its first win of the season.


The varsity eight won its race by over 15 seconds with a final time of 5:19.58. That margin of victory was surpassed by the varsity four, which convincingly defeated the Aztecs by nearly 30 seconds with a finish of 6:03.44.

After the top boats set the tone, the second and third varsity teams of eight won comfortably as well, both by over 10 seconds. Second varsity posted a time of 5:31.87 and third varsity finished at 5:55.29.

Following this victory, March will be dedicated to getting better with the San Diego Crew Classic looming on April 2.

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Trojans Going Green

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The USC athletic department is committed to sustainability, especially when it comes to team transportation, energy and water usage and food consumption. To improve efforts and implement this green mindset, Trojan Sustainability created the Green Teams Program, a competition between USC varsity and club teams to see which were the most sustainable and who had the best practices. 


The women are proving to be the most environmentally-friendly, with the USC women's beach volleyball and rowing teams earning certification from Trojan Sustainability. The current AVCA national champions earned Cardinal-level status thanks to their carpooling efforts and locker room recycling, along with their volunteer efforts at different beach clean-ups.

The USC women's rowing team earned Gold-level certification by adopting its own zero-waste plan spearheaded by assistant coach Ligita Kaviere and installing low-flow attachments on their appliances.

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Dual Threats

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Women of Troy are setting the bar high both on and off the field, as demonstrated by the eleven women's lacrosse players named to the MPSF All-Academic Team and the three women's rowers recognized by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as National Scholar-Athletes this season.

Seniors Kaila Sommi (pictured) and Kaitlyn Couture, who boast the best GPAs on the team, topped the USC women's lacrosse selections as three-time selections to the all-academic team. Sommi graduated with a 3.86 in business administration and Couture finished the semester with a 3.36 in communication and digital social media. Just wrapping up the program's third year, USC lacrosse already has 23 total MPSF All-Academic honorees.

Click here for the complete list of women's lacrosse All-Academic selections.

Women's rowing boasts three CRCA National Scholar-Athletes in junior Sara Bilimoria, sophomore Kaelyn Ibold and senior Elizabeth Turner, who is receiving the honor for the third time. The Trojans have had 27 National Scholar-Athletes in the program's history.

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Record-Setting Academic Semester

The academic performance of USC's student-athletes continues to rise to record levels semester after semester.

In the just-completed Spring 2015 semester, the average semester grade point average of USC's 550 student-athletes increased to 3.00 and the cumulative GPA average was 2.93, both the highest figures since records were first compiled in 2000 (besting the 2.95 and 2.88 record marks that were posted in the Fall 2014 semester).

WP-Grads-PC.jpgThere were 305 student-athletes with a Spring 2015 GPA of at least 3.0--comprising 55% of USC's student-athlete population, the largest percentage of student-athletes with at least a 3.0 semester GPA in USC history.  There were 14 Trojans with perfect 4.0 semester GPAs.  Some 143 Trojan student-athletes made the Dean's List in the Spring 2015 semester, 15 more than any other semester.

For the second semester in a row, 12 of USC's teams had a Spring 2015 GPA over 3.0, led by the women's soccer squad's 3.35 (the men's high was volleyball's 3.17).

The football team had its highest semester (2.71) and cumulative (2.52) GPA on record.  The cume figure has improved each of the past four semesters.  Nearly a third of the football roster (a record 33 players) posted a Spring 2015 GPA of at least 3.0 and, for the third consecutive semester, nine football players were on the Dean's List.

Women's rowing had 16 members on the Dean's List, while women's lacrosse had 15, women's swimming and diving had 13, women's soccer had 11, women's track and field and women's water polo both had 10 and men's volleyball, men's track and field and men's swimming and diving each had nine Dean's Listers.

Men's basketball's 2.74 Spring 2015 GPA was a high for the sport and it was nearly a .50 increase over its Fall 2014 mark.  Its 2.66 cumulative GPA was its second highest total ever.

Making USC's rising student-athlete academic success all the more impressive is the fact that these numbers were accomplished with a smaller pool of total student-athletes because of roster management measures implemented recently by the athletic department.

"First, congratulations to all of our student-athletes for putting in the hard work in the classroom and seeing it result like this," said Dr. Magdi El-Shahawy, USC senior associate athletic director in charge of Student-Athlete Academic Services.  "They have done a wonderful job balancing their athletic and academic pursuits.  We also must recognize the efforts of our academic counselors, learning specialists and tutors, as well as the cooperative spirit of our coaches and athletic department administration.  They all work diligently to uphold a standard of academic excellence that ensures USC student-athletes have the necessary skills to succeed in life.

"Since SAAS moved into the Stevens Academic Center in the John McKay Center three years ago, we have seen a noticeable increase in the academic performance of our student-athletes.  We are so grateful for the gifts of Mark Stevens and our many other donors, as their support is vital to our continued academic success."

All-Conference Turner Rows USC to NCAAs

USC women's rowing begins its seventh consecutive NCAA Championships today, taking on the nation's best boats over the next three days on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. The Women of Troy will be led by senior starboard Elizabeth Turner who was named to the 2015 Pac-12 All-Conference team.

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Turner is the program's 39th all-conference selection to go along with being a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree. The two-time captain is also a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete.

For all the live updates from this weekend's regatta, follow @USCWomensRowing on Twitter.

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Rowing for Gold

No. 14 USC women's rowing was selected for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships, making it seven consecutive trips to the NCAA championship regatta for the program. The Women of Troy will take on the nation's best in a familiar venue, Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., where the Trojans have already competed twice this year.

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The championships will be held May 29-31. USC earned a program-best fourth-place finish in 2013 and finished fifth in 2007 and 2011.

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Rowing Only Knows How to Beat Bruins

For the 14th time in as many duals, No. 10 USC women's rowing defeated crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday at Ballona Creek. The head-to-head match-up was clinched in the main event by USC's varsity eight, which bested the Bruins by three seconds.

Click here for the UCLA recap.

The Women of Troy have not dropped a competition this season, taking their perfect record across country to race No. 8 Princeton on May 3. Here are freshman coxswain Alexandra Fowler (V4+), and juniors Lindsay Gibson (V8+) and Darian DiCianno (V8+) breaking down the win over UCLA:


Top 10 Season

USC has 11 spring sports currently ranked in the national Top 10, including three No. 1 teams.

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Five Alive

No. 10 USC women's rowing defended the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, earning the prestigious trophy for the fifth consecutive year.  The Trojans have won all three competitions that they have entered this season.

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The Women of Troy paced the field which included Texas and No. 11 UCLA. The Trojans will battle the Bruins once again on April 11 for the BMW Crosstown Cup points.


Rowing All-American

USC women's rowing junior Krisztina Gyimes was selected to the CRCA All-American First Team.  Gyimes is now a two-time All-American and the 13th in program history.

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Gyimes has occupied the seventh seat in the varsity eight since her arrival on campus last year. Immediately, she helped the Women of Troy win the 2013 Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and was a key member of the eight that hoisted the cup for a fourth straight year this April. She has been instrumental in USC's success this season in the top boat with one of the best ergometer times on the squad.

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Moca's Hat Trick Leads Academic Trio

USC women's rowing placed three Trojans on the All-Pac-12 Academic First Team led by senior Vineta Moca, who made the list for the third time.  She is joined by Sara Bilimoria and Elizabeth Turner on the conference's honor roll.

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Moca departs USC with a 3.75 GPA in public policy and development, while Bilimoria (3.80 in global health) and Turner (3.71 in human biology) return next season.  The Women of Troy finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis last weekend.

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