May 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS--The Virginia rowing team advanced all three boats to the semifinals on the first day of the NCAA Championships Friday (May 30) on Eagle Creek Lake Park.
"The first goal of today was to qualify all three boats to the semifinals and all three of our boats got the job done," UVa assistant coach Joshua Gautreau said. "We had some unforeseen distractions before racing this morning and sometimes you have to get the jitters out. We did that and are confident going into tomorrow's semifinals."
The UVa Varsity Eight started its heat strong and went on to finish second to Stanford by less than a second, 6:20.991-6:21.577. The Cavaliers finished ahead of third-place Notre Dame (6:29.737), Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Virginia's Second Varsity Eight led its heat nearly the entire race, winning in a time of 6:32.021 over second-place UCLA (6:34.768). Washington State was third in 6:37.830, followed by USC, Massachusetts and Boston University.
In the Varsity Four, the Cavaliers placed second in 7:13.488. Only California, who won the heat in 7:07.874, had a quicker time across the four heats. UCLA was third in 7:28.542, ahead of Harvard and Northeastern.
The action continues Saturday (May 31) with the semifinals beginning at 8:30 a.m. Virginia's first race will be the Varsity Eight's semifinal at 8:50 a.m. The top three from each semifinal advances to the grand finals on Sunday.
Varsity Eight: Coxswain: Sarah Jordan, Stroke: Constanze Duell, 7: Chandler Lally, 6: Georgia Ratcliff, 5: Brandy Herald, 4: Fiona Schlesinger, 3: Lizzy Youngling, 2: Hemingway Benton, Bow: Elle Murray
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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