NCAA Rowing Championship: Virginia Advances Three Boats To Lead Trio of ACC Teams

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - No. 3 Virginia advanced all three boats to the semifinals on the first day of the NCAA Rowing Championships Friday (May 27) on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. 

The Cavaliers Varsity Four posted the top time in the heats and the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight each placed second in its respective heats to cap first-day action for the Cavaliers. 

UVA's Varsity Four trailed Michigan by several seats after 1,000 meters, but rallied to win the heat with a time of 7:17.117. The Wolverines finished second at 7:24.623 followed by Princeton (7:36.041), Syracuse (7:38.819), Navy (7:57.447) and Jacksonville.

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Syracuse University women's rowing first varsity eight crew finished in second place in its repechage at the 2016 NCAA Championship on Friday afternoon at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, advancing to Saturday's A/B semifinals. The first varsity eight boat can finish no lower than 12th place and still has a chance at a national title.

With its finish on Friday afternoon, Syracuse has already guaranteed its best finish in the first varsity eight competition at an NCAA Championship since 2002. The Orange top boat finished in sixth place at the 2001 NCAA Championship, which is the best finish in program history.

The Orange first varsity eight crew, the No. 16 seed entering the weekend, covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:27.139 in its afternoon repechage. In the process, the team beat out No. 10 seed Yale and No. 14 seed Duke to claim a spot in the A/B semifinals.

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – For the first time in program history, Duke rowing took part in the NCAA Championships on Friday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and earned three spots in the C/D semifinals, narrowly missing out on the A/B semifinals.

The top two crews from each first round heat on Friday automatically advanced to the A/B semifinals. Then, the top two crews in each repechage (second chance heat) earned placement in the A/B semifinals, while the remaining crews were slotted in C/D semifinals. Duke finished third in all three of its repechage heats.

The Blue Devils began competition in heat three of the V8 on Friday and placed fourth with a time of 6:41.924. Ohio State, seeded third, took the heat in 6:19.189 while sixth-seeded Brown placed second in 6:23.876. Wisconsin (6:29.524), seeded 11th, was the final team to finish above 14th-seeded Duke, which topped UCF (6:46.269) and Jacksonville (7:14.901).