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May 25, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The University of Virginia’s second varsity eight and varsity four crews advanced to Saturday’s (May 26) grand finals, and UVa’s first varsity eight finished 15th on Friday (May 25) at the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships at Lake Lanier.

After finishing third in its opening heat on Thursday (May 24), Virginia’s second varsity eight won its repechage competition on Friday to advance to the grand final. The Cavaliers finished in a time of 7:05.90 with Ohio State second at 7:06.55. Ohio State also advances to the grand final. California finished third (7:08.50) followed by Princeton (7:10.49), Iowa (7:11.99) and Boston University (7:19.27).

UVa’s varsity four finished third in its opening heat on Thursday and advanced to the grand final by finishing second in its repechage competition on Friday. Ohio State finished first in the repechage with a time of 7:54.20 and Virginia was second at 7:58.49. Both Ohio State and UVa advance to the grand final in the varsity four. Princeton finished third in Friday’s repechage with a time of 8:01.26 followed by California (8:05.35), Harvard (8:07.98) and Boston University (8:08.74).

The Cavaliers’ first varsity eight finished third in its opening heat on Thursday and then failed to advance to the semifinals by finishing fourth in its repechage heat. In Friday’s race to determine places 13-19, Virginia was third to finish 15th overall in the first varsity eight competition. In Friday’s race, Iowa finished first with a time of 6:54.91 followed by Rutgers (6:57.10), Virginia (7:03.62), Williams (7:10.28), Ithaca (7:12.96), Western Washington (7:17.23) and Wesleyan (7:23.35). Places 1-12 in the first varsity eight will be determined on Saturday.

The three-day competition ends on Saturday with petite final and grand final races in the first varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four.

Virginia finished third in all three grand final races to finish third in the team competition at last year’s NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships in Camden, N.J. Brown won the team championship for the second consecutive year by winning both the first varsity eight and the second varsity eight competitions, while Washington finished second as a team and won the varsity four competition.

Virginia finished second in 1999, third in 1998 and fourth in 1997 at the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.

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