Great Day for Huskies - All Crews Reach NCAA Grand Finals

May 31, 2008

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The entire Washington fleet remained in national championship contention as a trio of crews earned berths to the grand finals for the first time in seven seasons at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma.

The Huskies' second varsity eight crew convincingly won its repechage Saturday and the varsity eight was a runner-up to secure spots in their respective grand final races. UW's varsity four won its heat Friday to automatically advance to the grand final.

The three-day NCAA regatta concludes Sunday with the championship races. Washington is one of only three schools with a boat in every grand final, joining defending national team titlist Brown and California. The last time UW qualified all three crews for the NCAA grand finals was 2001, the year they captured their most recent of three national team championships.

The Huskies' second varsity streaked out to an early lead and sustained it the entire length of the 2,000-meter course en route to a seven-seat win over Tennessee. UW finished in 6-minutes, 49.28-seconds followed by the Volunteers in 6:51.84.

UW and Tennessee advance to Sunday's grand final race along with the top two finishers of the other repechage, Princeton and California. Brown and Ohio State, which earned automatic berths by virtue of heat wins on Friday, round out the field.

The 14th-ranked Huskies' varsity eight secured a berth in the championship race with an impressive second-place finish Saturday, defeating four opponents listed higher in the coaches poll. Only the top three crews advanced to the grand final.

Washington broke ahead early and paced the field until the 500-meter mark when No. 2 Brown gained the lead. The Bears led by as many as four seats while No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Michigan State and UW alternated in second place.

The Huskies were running fourth before a surge over the final 250 meters vaulted them to a runner-up result in the tightly bunched field. At the finish, it was Brown with a winning time of 6:34.93, followed three seats back by Washington in 6:36.37 and third-place Michigan State in 6:36.64. Virginia finished fourth (6:36.92), No. 11 USC was fifth (6:46.00) and No. 10 Michigan sixth (6:48.60).

The six-boat varsity eight grand final includes the top-three from the other semifinal, Yale, California and Stanford.

Washington and Virginia, Friday's heat winners, will be joined in the varsity four grand final by Brown, California, Michigan State and Yale.

(Following are the agate results from Saturday's second day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. A more detailed recap of today's races, including quotes, will be available on this page later this afternoon.)

2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Lake Natoma; Rancho Cordova, Calif.
(all races were 2,000 meters)


Varsity Eight
(top three finishers in each race to grand final, rest to petite final)

Semifinal I -- 1, Yale, 6:35.16. 2, California, 6:38.66. 3, Stanford, 6:39.93. 4, Harvard, 6:42.58. 5, Princeton, 6:48.51. 6, Washington State, 6:54.01.

Semifinal II -- 1, Brown, 6:34.93. 2, Washington, 6:36.37. 3, Michigan State, 6:36.64. 4, Virginia, 6:36.92. 5, USC, 6:46.00. 6, Michigan, 6:48.50.

      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
(top two finishers in each race to grand final, rest to petite final)

Repechage I -- 1, Virginia, 6:47.83. 2, California, 6:48.87. 3, Washington State, 6:52.89. 4, Yale, 6:56.01. 5, Harvard, 6:57.72.

Repechage II -- 1, Washington, 6:49.28. 2, Tennessee, 6:51.84. 3, Wisconsin, 6:55.90. 4, Michigan State, 7:02.08. 5, Princeton, 7:09.32.

      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
(top two finishers in each race to grand final, rest to petite final)

Repechage I -- 1, Michigan State, 7:33.77. 2, Yale, 7:38.04. 3, Washington State, 7:41.72. 4, Princeton, 7:48.30. 5, Tennessee, 7:54.46.

Repechage II -- 1, California, 7:32.06. 2, Brown, 7:32.21. 3, Ohio State, 7:38.58. 4, Wisconsin, 7:52.25. 5, Harvard, 8:04.84.

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

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