Rowing NCAA ACCtion: Saturday, May 29

May 30, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Wins Varsity Four Semi; Advances To All Three NCAA Grand Finals

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - After the second day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, the top-ranked Virginia rowing team qualified for all three of Sunday's grand finals in the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four.

No. 1 Virginia and No. 3 California are the only two schools to have a boat in each of the finals. The Varsity Eight will race at 12:05 p.m. (3:05 p.m. Eastern Time) on Sunday with UVa competing against Yale, California, Princeton, Stanford and USC. Places first through sixth will be up for grabs in that event, with point totals of 48, 45, 42, 39, 36 and 33 on the line.

"The goal for today was to get everybody into the finals, and we did that," Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. "Tomorrow, there is an opportunity."

In its semifinal, Virginia's Varsity Eight finished third (6:17.69) behind Yale (6:16.54) and California (6:16.60). In the other semifinal, Princeton (6:18.76), Stanford (6:20.12) and USC (6:24.01) were first, second and third, respectively.

Clemson's Varsity 4+ Advances To Petite Finals at NCAA Rowing Championships

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Clemson's Varsity 4+ crew competed in the semifinals of the NCAA Rowing Championships Saturday morning. The Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boats will all compete in the finals Sunday.

In the Varsity 4+ semifinals, Clemson took sixth in their heat with a time of 7:29.68 behind Virginia, Southern California, Wisconsin, Princeton and Michigan. The Tigers will compete in the petite finals Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. They will face Stanford, Princeton, Michigan State, Michigan and Yale.

Clemson's Second Varsity 8+ will be competing in the third final Sunday morning at 10:40 a.m. against Southern California, Tennessee and UCLA. Then the Varsity 8+ crew will be competing in the third final at 11:40 a.m. against Washington State, Ohio State and Tennessee.