June 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Washington State University varsity four crew placed third in its A/B Semifinal Saturday to advance to the Grand Final Sunday at the 2013 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships held at Indianapolis's Eagle Creek Park."Kudos to the varsity four on its gutsy race," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "The varsity eight did a great job handling some tough conditions. They took control of the race early and never looked back. We look forward to seeing what will happen with the second varsity eight Sunday, since its race today was suspended."
The conditions were once again tough on Eagle Creek Reservoir as the racing was moved forward and then delayed for the second-straight day. With an adjusted schedule, the varsity four boats took to the water at 9:50 and 10 a.m., Saturday in the two A/B Semifinals. The Cougars (coxswain - Sarah Wu, Gina Head, Carter Marks, Noel Christiansen, bow- Liana DeMaris) raced in the second semifinal against USC, Virginia, Princeton, Notre Dame and Michigan.
Despite rough conditions at the start, WSU came out strong early, holding second place after the first 500 meters. By the 1,000-meter mark, Virginia had caught up to the Cougars as they moved into third place. The strong start for WSU paid off, as Princeton made a surge halfway through the race. But the Cougar crew was able to speed up in the final 500 meters and finish third with a time of 7:52.082 to clinch its spot in the Grand Final. Princeton came in right behind with a time of 7:52.692, while USC won the race at 7:44.822, followed by Virginia in 7:50.082.
"Absolutely a phenomenal performance," WSU Assistant and Varsity Four Coach Josh Adam said. "They did a great job. They executed well. I couldn't be more proud of them."
The Cougars' varsity four will race in the Grand Final against USC, Virginia, Ohio State, Washington and Brown at 9:30 a.m. for places first through sixth. The highest a WSU varsity four crew has placed at the NCAA Championships is fourth, accomplished in 2006 as the team finished fourth overall. The highest an individual WSU crew has placed is third, accomplished by the second varsity eight crew at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
The conditions only got worse as the varsity eight took to the water in the second C/D Semifinals with the top three teams advancing to the C Final (places 13-18) and the others advancing to the D Final (places 19-22). The Cougars (coxswain - Rebecca Burns, Kendall Boliba, Jennifer Hale, Ieva Adomaviciute, Stephanie Hinkle, Nicole Hare, Allie Reilly, Katie Dick, bow - Mickey Aylard) led the entire race against Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Marist, winning the race with a time of 7:55.244, seven seconds ahead of second-place Oklahoma in at 8:02.152.
WSU's varsity eight will race in the C Final for places 13th-18th, against Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cornell and Boston University at 8:40 a.m. Sunday.
The end to Saturday's racing was dramatic as weather conditions continued to worsen. In the first second varsity eight C/D Semifinal, Oklahoma and Wisconsin's boats swamped just over halfway through the race, as neither crew could finish the race. That opened the door for Cornell, Gonzaga and Marist, which finished in that order, respectively. The results were ruled unofficial, and the remaining races (including WSU's second heat of the C/D Semifinal) were suspended for the day. Those four races will take place Sunday before the normally scheduled racing. The Cougars (coxswain - Heidi Kim, Carly Johnson, Emily Starkel, Alison Smith, Mollie McCabe, Hannah deVos, Erin Schuster, Elise Jones, bow - Ashlee Bonahoom) will race at 8:05 a.m., then depending on the outcome, the second varsity eight boat will also compete in either the C Final (13th-18th) at 10:30 a.m. or the D Final (19th-22nd) at 10:20 a.m.
Live results and streaming all weekend can be found at: www.NCAA.com.
2013 NCAA ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Reservoir - Indianapolis, Ind.
May 31 - June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1 - Day Two
Division I Eights
C/D Semifinal Two (Top Three Advance to C Final)
1. Washington State, 7:55.244
2. Oklahoma, 8:02.152
3. Wisconsin, 8:08.317
4. Rhode Island, 8:15.556
5. Marist, 9:02.932
Division I Second Eights
C/D Semifinal Two - Suspended Until Sunday
Division I Fours
A/B Semifinal Two (Top Three Advance to Grand Final)
1. USC, 7:44.822
2. Virginia, 7:50.082
3. Washington State, 7:52.482
4. Princeton, 7:52.692
5. Notre Dame, 7:55.390
6. Michigan, 8:02.693