UCLA's Varsity Eight Crew Advances to Semifinals at NCAA Championships

May 28, 2010

SACRAMENTO - The UCLA women's rowing program's varsity eight crew advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships on Friday morning with a third-place finish in its preliminary heat. The Bruins' second varsity eight and varsity four crews each finished fourth and will race in Friday afternoon's repechage.

UCLA's varsity eight earned a top-three finish in its elimination heat, allowing the Bruins to advance to a semifinal race at Lake Natoma on Saturday. Each heat's top three boats advance to the semifinals, while the remaining boats compete in the repechage later in the day.

The varsity eight crew posted a time of 6:28.73, finishing more than four seconds ahead of fourth-place Clemson (6:33.34). UCLA also bested Tennessee (6:35.12) and Ohio State (6:36.45). Virginia posted a first-place time of 6:17.51 in the elimination heat, while Princeton clocked in second at 6:22.65.

UCLA's second varsity eight finished fourth with a time of 6:42.16, trailing first-place Brown (6:32.33), Michigan (6:38.10) and Washington (6:40.84). The Bruins raced ahead of Ohio State (6:44.36) and USC (6:52.71).

The varsity four also posted a fourth-place finish on Friday morning, clocking in at 7:25.61. Washington (7:14.62) led the group, as USC (7:18.09) and Yale (7:20.12) finished second and third, respectively. The Bruins finished ahead of Washington State (7:33.13) in the varsity four elimination heat.

UCLA's second varsity eight and varsity four crews will race on Friday afternoon, at 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, in the repechage. The top three boats in each repechage will advance to Saturday morning's semifinal races.

The Bruins' varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals for just the second time in program history. UCLA's varsity crew in 2006 finished third in its elimination heat, pushing through to the semifinal round.

Friday Morning's Results

Varsity Eight - Elimination Heat 3
1. Virginia - 6:17.51
2. Princeton - 6:22.65
3. UCLA - 6:28.73
4. Clemson - 6:33.34
5. Tennessee - 6:35.12
6. Ohio State - 6:36.45

Second Varsity Eight - Elimination Heat 3
1. Brown - 6:32.33
2. Michigan - 6:38.10
3. Washington - 6:40.84
4. UCLA - 6:42.16
5. Ohio State - 6:44.36
6. USC - 6:52.71

Varsity Four - Elimination Heat 2
1. Washington - 7:14.62
2. USC - 7:18.09
3. Yale - 7:20.12
4. UCLA - 7:25.61
5. Washington State - 7:33.13

UCLA's Rowing Lineups (NCAA Championships)

Varsity Eight: (stroke) Lauren Counter, (7) Rachel LaBella, (6) Alexandra Bolt, (5) Hilary Caldwell, (4) Britta Syverson, (3) Lynn Hancock, (2) Kristin Fitzmorris, (bow) Anastasia Alexander, (coxswain) Alaizah Koorji

Second Varsity Eight: (stroke) Jessica McGuire, (7) Caroline Curson, (6) Kaitlin Doering, (5) Anna Musky-Goldwyn, (4) Katherine Hruska, (3) Alexa Farafontoff, (2) Kirstin Snook (bow) Erica Lockard, (coxswain) Mia Hamano

Varsity Four: (stroke) Taylor Vella, (3) Christina Sprouse, (2) Alexis McPhee, (bow) Anne Schier, (coxswain) Ariel Handler

Alternates: Monica Harvancik, Lindsay Pollock

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