NCAA Rowing Championship: Virginia Sends Three Boats to Grand Finals

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The third-ranked Virginia rowing program advanced all three boats to the grand finals during the second day of the NCAA Championships Saturday (May 28) on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Virginia placed first in its Varsity Four semifinal, and added a pair of third-place finishes in the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight semifinal heats. California and Ohio State joined the Cavaliers as the three schools to advance each of its three boats to the grand finals on Sunday (May 29).

UVA won its Varsity Four semifinal in 7:12.272. Ohio State placed second at 7:13.784 followed by Stanford at 7:14.008. Yale, Wisconsin and Indiana placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Washington (7:06.693), Cal (7:09.186) and Michigan (7:12.151) claimed the other three berths in the Varsity Four grand final.

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The No. 15 Syracuse University women's rowing team competed in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship on Saturday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The national championship regatta will come to close on Sunday with the final races. Live results and video will be available from Sunday's finals.

The first varsity eight crew placed sixth in the first A/B semifinal on Saturday, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:42.162. Syracuse advances to Sunday's petite final, which will begin at 1:48 p.m. EST. The Orange can finish no worse than 12th place and no better than seventh overall.

Syracuse's second varsity eight boat took home runner-up accolades in the first C/D semifinal, recording a time of 6:44.991. The Orange will compete in the third-level final on Sunday, which kicks off at 11:48 a.m. EST. The second varsity eight can finish no worse than 18th place and no better than 13th place.

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Duke rowing program continued its solid showing at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The Blue Devils’ 2V8 and V4 won their C/D Semifinal races while the V8 took second in its C/D Semifinals as all three earned trips to Sunday’s C Final.

The top three crews from the C/D Semifinal heats advanced to the C Final while the remaining boats were placed in the D Final. The C Final will determine places 13-18 in the final standings.

Duke’s V8 opened the day in the second heat of the C/D Semifinal and took second in 6:32.862 to Washington State’s 6:29.524. The Blue Devils, seeded 14th entering the competition, led the 13th-seeded Cougars through the first 500 meters, 1:35.920-1:37.500 and at the 1,000-meter mark, 3:12.570-3:13.590. The Cougars turned it on in the final 1,000 meters to come away with the victory. Duke easily cleared 18-seed Northeastern (6:40.769), 20-seed Rhode Island (6:46.368) and 21-seed Navy (6:52.014) for second.