Virginia Advances Three Boats on First Day of NCAA Championships
May 29, 2015
GOLD RIVER, Calif.–The Virginia rowing team advanced all three boats to the semifinals on the first day of the NCAA Championships Friday (May 29) on Lake Natoma.
“We had a little bit of a bump in the road in this morning’s heats with the Second Varsity Eight, but they came back and did a nice job this afternoon in the repechage to change the momentum back,” UVa head coach Kevin Sauer said. “Our Varsity Eight and Varsity Four both did a great job and with all three boats advancing, it shows we are in the hunt.”
The Cavalier Varsity Eight won its heat in a time of 6:25.825, defeating Stanford (6:29.417), Washington State (6:33.486), Notre Dame, Northeastern and Jacksonville. The Cardinal had a slight lead at the 500-meter mark, but UVa made a strong move to take the lead and never looked back.
The Virginia Varsity Four posted the top time of all four heats, claiming its race in 7:15.394, ahead of Yale (7:17.590), Notre Dame (7:29.351), Navy, USC and Central Florida.
The UVa Second Varsity Eight placed third in its heat in 6:41.271, behind Washington State (6:36.478) and Texas (6:38.581), which forced a second row of the day for the boat in the repechage. In its rep, the Cavalier crew won a tight race in a time of 6:38.551, just ahead of Michigan (6:38.768) and Harvard (6:40.218).
The action continues Saturday (May 30) with the semifinals beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST Virginia’s first race will be the Varsity Eight’s semifinal at 11:50 a.m. The top three from each semifinal advances to the grand finals on Sunday.
|Varsity Eight||Second Varsity Eight||Varsity Four|
|Cox||Colette Lucas-Conwell||Cox||Hayley LaFleche||Cox||Julia Roithmayr|
|Stk||Mackenzi Sherman||Stk||Ali Zwicker||Stk||Maggie Bowman-Jones|
|7||Erin Briggs||7||Anna Fairs||3||Marijane Brennan|
|6||Georgia Ratcliff||6||Chandler Lally||2||Hannah Solis-Cohen|
|5||Eliza Spilsbury||5||Chelsea Adams||Bow||Ellen Pate|
|4||Lizzy Youngling||4||Lexie Katz|
|3||Hemingway Benton||3||Jennifer Reid|
|2||Tessa Dikkers||2||Kaitlin Fanikos|
|Bow||Sam Casto||Bow||Jo Gurman|