Women's Rowing Opens Competition At NCAA Championships Friday Morning
May 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing will open up action Friday morning in its fourth team appearance at the NCAA Championships held at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. The first varsity eight, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will go for its first-ever national title after claiming the silver medal last year, while the second varsity eight and the varsity four will look to do their parts in helping the Cardinal to the team title.
The Cardinal is one of four Pac-10 schools participating this weekend, being joined by California, USC and Washington.
In the team competition, Stanford will look to establish the program's top finish, as the program's previous best is a ninth-place effort in the 2003 event.
The top-ranked first varsity eight, which earned the gold medal at the Pac-10 Championships two weekends ago, will open things up for Stanford at 8:45 a.m. ET (5:45 a.m. PT) Friday morning, as it will be part of the five-boat opening heat along with Ohio State, Harvard, Yale and Washington. The top three finishers in the heat will advance to Saturday's semifinal, while the fourth- and fifth-place boats will move into Friday afternoon's repechage for a second chance at a semifinal berth.
The second varsity eight, which earned a silver medal in its Grand Final at the Pac-10 Championships, will take to the water at 9:45 a.m. ET (6:45 a.m. PT) in the second heat of its class, which also includes boats from USC, California, Yale and Princeton.
As with the first varsity eights, the top three boats of the heat will advance to Saturday's semifinal, while the fourth and fifth boats will head to Friday afternoon's repechage for a final chance at a semifinal berth.
The varsity four, with a resume that includes a third-place finish in the Grand Final of the Lake Natoma Invitational as well as victories over a pair of NCAA Championship participant boats in Ohio State and Virginia, will be part of the third heat of the fours competition on Friday, facing off against Yale, Brown, Michigan, Washington and Dartmouth at 10:45 a.m. ET (7:45 a.m. PT).
The top three boats of each heats will advance to Saturday's semifinals, while the rest will head to the repechage later Friday afternoon.
Stanford enters the NCAA Championships with a sizable amount of momentum following its second-place team finish at the Pac-10 Championships this past weekend on the waters of Lake Natoma. There, the first varsity eight, ranked first in the nation and the silver medal winner at last year's NCAA Championships, raced to its first Pac-10 gold medal since 2003 by setting a new course record with a time of 6:18.6.
The second varsity eight, meanwhile, claimed the silver medal in its Grand Final, the boat's highest ever Pac-10 finish.