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Cougs Punch their Ticket to the Finals on the Second Day of the NCAA Rowing Championship

May 29, 2021

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Washington State rowing team had its varsity four boat moved onto the petite finals, while both varsity eight boats punched their ticket to the C finals on day two of the 2021 NCAA Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.

WSU opened Saturday, May 29, with the first varsity eight coming in second place in their C/D semifinal with a time of 6:29.269. The Cougars knocked off Navy, Northeastern and Marist, while finishing behind Wisconsin. The first varsity eight will wrap up its stay at the 2021 NCAA Rowing Championship in the C finals at 5:24 a.m. PT and will race against Tennessee, SMU, Wisconsin, Duke and Navy to battle for places 13-18 at the NCAA Rowing Championship.

"We wanted to come down the course with a consistent performance, today," said Washington State rowing head coach Jane LaRiviere. "Overall, we wanted to put together a good start, a good body and good finish and I think we got that. The first varsity eight had a great race yesterday morning, but struggled a bit in the afternoon, so it was nice to see them comeback and do their best today."

The second varsity eight will also be moving onto Sunday's C finals, as the Cougars took third in the second varsity eight C/D semifinals with a time of 6:38.737. The second varsity boat will race at 5:48 a.m. PT on Sunday against Navy, Alabama, Duke, Princeton and Tennessee for places 13-18 at the NCAA Rowing Championship.

The first varsity four boat concluded the second day at the NCAA Rowing Championship for Washington State by claiming a spot in Sunday's petite final. The Cougars clocked in at 7:22.117 to take sixth in this morning's varsity four C/D semifinals. Sunday's varsity four petite finals will get underway at 6:48 a.m. PT and will race against Syracuse, Duke, Brown, Rutgers and California for places 7-12 at the NCAA Rowing Championship.

The NCAA will live stream the races from Benderson Park on the NCAA Championships Live website. Fans can also follow live results.

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First Varsity Eight Results
1) Wisconsin - 6:26.975
2) Washington State - 6:29.269 (Emma Barrett, Renee Kemp, Samantha Schmidt, Abigail Linnenkohl, Caitlin Donaldson, Jessica Norris, Lucy Climer-Kennedy, Kateryna Maistrenko; Coxswain: Ainsley Tiernan)
3) Navy - 6:34.925
4) Northeastern - 6:40.013
5) Marist - 6:53.575

Second Varsity Eight Results
1) Princeton - 6:35.561
2) Alabama - 6:37.843
3) Washington State - 6:38.737 (Cate Field, Hana Anderson, Madeleine Bingham, Ilaria Macchi, Sue Yu, Sydney Wick, Cierra Bird, Molly Miller; Coxswain: Makenna Price)
4) Rhode Island - 6:51.035
5) Marist - 6:57.749

First Varsity Four Results
1) Texas - 7:00.511
2) Virginia - 7:03.529
3) Ohio State - 7:06.647
4) Rutgers - 7:08.803
5) Duke - 7:20.231
6) Washington State - 7:22.117 - (Grace Trujillo, Maddy Pollard, Laurita Nemeraviciute, Isabella Cristelli; Coxswain: Paloma Probart)