Cal V8 Reaches Semis, 2V8, V4 in Repechages at NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma

May 30, 2008

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - California's varsity eight moved on to the semifinals on the first day of competition Friday at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma. In one of the more exciting races of the morning, Cal's No. 1-ranked varsity eight came from behind to edge Virginia in heat three, 6:23.79-6:24.95. After the morning heats, the Golden Bears' second varsity eight and varsity four boats also reached the Saturday repechages in their respective NCAA events.

This was the second meeting between the Cal and Virginia top boats, as the Bears defeated the Cavaliers in their season-opening regatta, the Pac-10 Challenge, by 3.5 seconds, 6:51.36-6:54.86, on March 29 in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Brown took the top time in the varsity eight this morning, winning the second heat with a 6:23.12, to automatically qualify for the semifinals along with Cal and heat 1 winner Yale (6:25.60).

The varsity eight semifinals are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. tomorrow. The draw for each semifinal will be determined after today's 1 p.m. repechage.

The Bears' second varsity eight took second place to Ohio State, 6:44.87-6:49.17, in their heat this morning and will next row in the first repechage at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Brown won the second heat of the second varsity eight with the overall top time, 6:44.46, to reach the grand final along with Ohio State.

The Cal varsity four finished second to Washington in the second heat of their event, 7:31.93-7:36.55, to reach Saturday's 9:15 a.m. repechage. The Huskies qualified for the grand final on 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. Three other boats had faster heat times than the Bears, as Virginia (7:27.07), Michigan State (7:31.83) and Brown (7:34.28) finished 1-2-3 in the first heat. Virginia has also qualified for the varsity four grand final.

Saturday's action starts with the first varsity eight semifinal at 8 a.m.

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