Virginia's Varsity Four In Grand Final At NCAA Championships
May 29, 2004
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The University of Virginia women’s rowing team’s varsity four is the only one of the Cavaliers’ three crews that will compete in a Grand Final at the 2004 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.
UVa’s varsity four won its heat on Friday (May 28) to advance directly to Sunday’s (May 30) Grand Final in that event. Virginia’s varsity four will compete against crews from Brown, California-Berkeley, Ohio State, Washington and Yale in Sunday’s Grand Final to determine places 1-6 in that event.
The Cavaliers’ second varsity eight and first varsity eight crews will compete in Petite Finals on Sunday after competition on Saturday (May 29) on Lake Natoma. The second varsity eight finished third in its repechage heat and the first varsity eight finished fourth in its semifinal heat on Saturday.
UVa’s second varsity eight had a time of 6:49.30 to finish behind Washington State (6:48.40) and Yale (6:48.80) in its repechage heat. The top two crews in the heat advanced to Sunday’s Grand Final in the event and the Cavaliers’ crew finished half a second behind Yale for second place. Michigan State was fourth (6:58.90) and Ohio State fifth (7:00.90).
The crews from Virginia, Michigan State and Ohio State will compete in Sunday’s Petite Final in the second varsity eight along with crews from Princeton, Harvard and Wisconsin.
The Cavaliers’ first varsity eight finished fourth in its semifinal heat with a time of 6:40.10. Yale won the heat with a time of 6:36.60 followed by Michigan (6:37.80) and Ohio State (6:39.40). The top three crews in the heat advanced to Sunday’s Grand Final in the event and the UVa crew finished seven tenths of a second behind Ohio State for third place. Notre Dame was fifth (6:51.30) and Southern California sixth (6:51.31).
The crews from Virginia, Notre Dame and Southern California will compete in Sunday’s Petite Final in the first varsity eight along with crews from Washington, Harvard and Tennessee.
Sunday’s Petite Finals in the second varsity eight and the first varsity eight will determine places 7-12 in those events.
The 2004 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships conclude on Sunday.