Rowing NCAA ACCtion: Friday, May 28

May 28, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Wins Three Heats On First Day Of NCAA Championships

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The No. 1 Virginia rowing team opened competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in impressive fashion, winning its respective heats in the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four.

By virtue of its first-place finishes, Virginia qualifies for Saturday's semifinals in all three events. The Varsity Eight's semifinal begins at 9 a.m. and features California, Yale, UCLA, Michigan State and Washington in addition to the Cavaliers. The Second Varsity Eight's semifinal begins at 9:30 a.m. and features Brown, California, Yale, Washington and Michigan State. The Varsity Four's semifinal begins at 10 a.m. and features Wisconsin, USC, Michigan, Princeton and Clemson.

The top three finishers from each of Saturday's semifinals advance to the Grand Final, which will determine first through sixth place.

Virginia's Varsity Eight got out to a quick start and maintained its edge over second-place Princeton all the way to the finish line. Virginia won with a time of 6:17.51, followed by Princeton (6:22.65) and UCLA (6:28.73). The Cavaliers, Tigers and Bruins were the three teams out of the third heat to automatically qualify for the semifinals.

Clemson Rowing Completes First Day At NCAA Championships

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Clemson rowing team completed the first day of racing at the NCAA Championships on Friday. The Tigers' Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ each competed.

In the first race of the day, Clemson's Varsity 8+ finished fourth in its heat with a time of 6:33.34 behind Virginia, Princeton and UCLA to just miss an automatic bid ot the semifinals. The first-third place boats moved on to the semifinals Saturday morning, while the fourth-sixth competed in the repechage Friday afternoon to earn a spot in the semifinals. Clemson's Varsity 8+ took sixth in the repechage with a time of 6:43.81 and will advance to the third final on Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

The Second Varsity 8+ boat took to the water next. Clemson's crew finished fifth in their heat with a time of 6:59.26 behind Virginia, Princeton, Yale and Tennessee. As a result of the fifth place finish, they moved on to the repechage in the afternoon. They finished sixth with a time of 6:59.60 and will now compete in the third final Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

The Varsity 4+ concluded the morning races for the Tigers as they took fifth in their heat with a time of 7:33.07 behind Virginia, California, Michigan and Michigan State. They competed in the repechage Friday afternoon and finished second with a time of 7:38.86 to move on to the semifinals Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Tigers won the National Championship in this event last season.