Stanford Women's Varsity Eight Advances To Saturday's Semifinal
May 30, 2008
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Stanford women's rowing team's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinal stage of the NCAA Championships Friday on the waters of Lake Natoma. Stanford took second in its preliminary heat early in the morning, finishing just 2.56 seconds behind heat winner Brown.
The Cardinal return to the water at 8 a.m. Saturday morning for the day's first semifinal. A top-three finish in tomorrow's semifinal would put Stanford in Sunday's Grand Final, while a finish between fourth and sixth position would have the Cardinal in Sunday's Petite Final.
'The goal today was to qualify cleanly for the semifinals and we did that,' said head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'All three heats were fast, so the semifinals promise to be barnburners.'
Saturday's second heat, in which the Cardinal were drawn, saw all five boats separated by five seconds from top to bottom. The Cardinal were in the second spot, behind Washington, through the first 500 meters, before settling into the middle of the pack by the midway point and through 1,500 meters.
Trailing new leader Brown by just 1.77 seconds and second-place Washington by just under three-tenths of a second at the 1,500-meter mark, the Cardinal continued to fight, passing the Huskies in the final 500 to claim second and advance to the semifinal stage.
Stanford Varsity Eight Lineup