USC Women's Rowing Advances To NCAA Semifinals

May 26, 2006

West Windsor, NJ. - The fourth-ranked USC Varsity Eight boat placed third in their heat in the first round of the NCAA championships in order to advance to the Semifinals tomorrow, Saturday, May 27. The top 12 boats after today's races will compete in the semifinals at the Finn Caspersen Rowing Center in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The Women of Troy clocked a time of 6:44.8120, which was declared a dead heat with No. 8 Yale. Originally USC was named the third semifinal advancer by 1/100th of a second, however after a request to view a photo finish the call was reversed and it was declared a dead heat. Since the race was called a tie, both the Trojans and the Bulldogs will face each other in the same semifinal heat tomorrow morning. The race was a tight one with the first four boats coming across the line within three seconds of each other.

The Trojans will face No. 1 Princeton, No. 3 Washington State, No. 6 Brown, No.8 Yale, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 15 Stanford. The first heat will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the second will begin at 10:45 a.m. The top three boats from each race will move on to compete for the title in the Grand Final at 12 p.m., and the other seven boats will compete in the petite final for places 7-13 at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Heat 1

1. Brown 6:41.4972. Ohio State 6:43.373. USC 6:44.8124. Yale 6:44.8125. Washington 6:52.9946. Stanford 6:58.892

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