All Three Washington Crews Successfully Advance at NCAA Regatta

May 30, 2008

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - All three Washington crews successfully advanced through first-day heat races Friday, including the varsity four boat that won its race to earn an automatic berth into Sunday's grand final at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

The championships continue Saturday morning with semifinal and repechage races before concluding with Sunday's finals. The Huskies' 14th-ranked varsity eight crew finished third in its heat and will compete in Saturday's semifinals. The UW second varsity was a runner-up in heat racing and will row in a repechage.

The Huskies won the second of two heats in the varsity four and will join the other heat winner, Virginia, in the six-boat grand final. The other four spots will be determined during repechage racing Saturday.

Washington's Pac-10 champion varsity four completed the 2,000-meter course in 7-minutes, 31.66-seconds. The Huskies were never seriously challenged after battling Yale off the start. California moved into second place by the midway mark and finished nearly five second behind UW, with a time of 7:36.21. Yale was third in 7:43.73.

Virginia's winning time in the first heat was 7:27.07.

The Huskies defeated three higher ranked varsity eight opponents to punch their semifinal ticket. Second-ranked Brown finished first with the fastest heat time of 6:23.12, followed by No. 5 Stanford in 6:25.68. UW claimed the important third-place position with a time of 6:26.88.

The top-three finishers in each varsity eight heat advanced directly to Saturday's semifinals. The remaining crews were forced into Friday afternoon's repechage, or second-change race, to determine the final three semifinal spots.

The fourth-place finisher in UW's heat was No. 10 Michigan (6:31.93) and No. 12 Clemson was fifth (6:41.59).

The Huskies' varsity eight streaked to an early lead and maintained that position for the first half of the race. Brown moved into the lead during by the 1,500-meter mark and Stanford cruised into second. Open water separated UW from fourth-place Michigan.

The other varsity eight heat winners were California (6:23.79) and defending champion Yale (6:25.60).

Washington competes in the varsity eight semifinals and needs to finish in third place or better to earn a berth in the grand final.

The Huskies' second varsity eight rows in a repechage Saturday, requiring a first- or second-place result for entry to the grand final.

Washington's second varsity overcame a sluggish start to move through the field in the final 1,250 meters. The Huskies clocked a time of 6:47.18 to finish ahead of everyone except heat winner Brown (6:44.46). Ohio State posted a winning time of 6:44.87 to win the other heat.

After Saturday's semifinal and repechage racing, the championships conclude Sunday with grand and petite finals in all three events.


(Following are the agate results from the first day of the NCAA Regatta. A more detailed recap of Friday's racing, including quotes, will be posted to this page later this afternoon.)


2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Friday, May 30, 2008
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)

HEAT RACE RESULTS

Varsity Eight
(top three finishers in each heat advance to semifinals, rest to repechage)

Heat 1 -- 1, Yale, 6:25.60. 2, Michigan State, 6:27.25. 3, Harvard, 6:27.56. 4, Wisconsin, 6:29.87. 5, USC, 6:33.40. 6, Ohio State, 6:36.01.

Heat 2 -- 1, Brown, 6:23.12. 2, Stanford, 6:25.68. 3, Washington, 6:26.88. 4, Michigan, 6:31.93. 5, Clemson, 6:41.59.

Heat 3 -- 1, California, 6:23.79. 2, Virginia, 6:24.95. 3, Princeton, 6:28.28. 4, Washington State, 6:28.98. 5, Tennessee, 6:30.69.

      UW lineup: cox-Isabelle Woodward, stroke-Kara Farquharson, 7-Heather Young, 6-Kelly Foster, 5-Ashley Jones, 4-Kim Kennedy, 3-Alison Browning, 2-Kayleigh Mack, bow-Erika Shaw.


Second Varsity Eight
(Winner of each heat to grand final, rest to repechage)

Heat 1 -- 1, Ohio State, 6:44.87. 2, California, 6:49.17. 3, Tennessee, 6:52.30. 4, Michigan State, 6:53.38. 5, Harvard, 6:54.63. 6, Yale, 6:58.38.

Heat 2 -- 1, Brown, 6:44.46. 2, Washington, 6:47.18. 3, Virginia, 6:49.22. 4, Washington State, 6:52.38. 5, Wisconsin, 6:57.95. 6, Princeton, 7:08.53.

      UW lineup: cox-Alysha Koorji, stroke-Erika Sweet, 7-Hanne Trafnik, 6-Rosanne DeBoef, 5-Erin Knox, 4-Helen Wall, 3-Samantha Smith, 2-Kim Armstrong, bow-Lia Prins.


Varsity Four
(Winner of each heat to grand final, rest to repechage)

Heat 1 -- 1, Virginia, 7:27.07. 2, Michigan State, 7:31.83. 3, Brown, 7:34.28. 4, Ohio State, 7:42.17. 5, Washington State, 7:46.87. 6, Tennessee, 7:52.68.

Heat 2 -- 1, Washington, 7:31.66. 2, California, 7:36.21. 3, Yale, 7:43.73. 4, Princeton, 7:48.21. 5, Wisconsin, 7:56.76. 6, Harvard, 8:00.92.

      UW lineup: cox-Maggie Cheek, stroke-Rachel Powers, 3-Jennifer Park, 2-Charlene Franklin, bow-Adrienne Martelli.

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