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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars' Varsity Four Advances to Saturday's A/B Semifinals
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/31/2013
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May 31, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The varsity four's second-place finish in its heat highlighted No. 15 Washington State University's first day at the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships Friday under rainy conditions at Indianapolis's Eagle Creek Park.

The races were moved up an hour and a half the day before competition due to poor weather in the forecast, but were delayed an hour Friday morning upon arrival at the course due to thunderstorms. During the morning session, each of the first two teams from the four heats in each event moved on to Saturday's A/ B semifinals, while the other 14 schools competed for four spots in the A/B semifinals in the Repechage heats beginning in the afternoon. The other 10 teams from the Repechage will move on to the C/D finals Saturday.

Washington State's varsity four crew (coxswain - Sarah Wu, Gina Head, Carter Marks, Noel Christiansen, bow- Liana DeMaris) entered the championships with the ninth seed, racing from the second lane in the first heat. The Cougar crew got off to a quick start right behind California and held second place from the 500-meter mark until the finish, for a time of 8:16.882, just over five seconds behind California at 8:11.543. Oklahoma pushed past Wisconsin for third place with a time of 8:20.911, four seconds behind WSU.

The varsity four crew will race in the second A/B Semifinal Saturday at 10:20 a.m. ET, starting from lane five. The Cougars will race against Princeton, Notre Dame, Virginia, USC and Michigan. The top three teams from each of the A/B Semifinals will advance to Sunday's Grand Final (for places 1-6) while the other six will move on to the Petite Final (for places 7-12), also taking place Sunday.

WSU's varsity eight (coxswain - Rebecca Burns, Kendall Boliba, Jennifer Hale, Ieva Adomaviciute, Stephanie Hinkle, Nicole Hare, Allie Reilly, Katie Dick, bow - Mickey Aylard) entered the first Division I race of the day seeded 16th in its event. Racing against top-seeded USC, Harvard, Yale and Oklahoma, the Cougars started off strong, holding second place after the first 500 meters. But the other teams speed up as WSU had slipped to fourth by the 1,000 meter-mark. It held off Oklahoma to finish fourth with a time of 7:05.204. USC won the heat with a time of 6:48.943, while Harvard edged out Yale to advance to the A/B Semifinals with a time of 6:50.238.

The Cougar varsity eight advanced to the second Repechage with a chance to move into the A/B Semifinals. Despite a late-race surge, WSU finished third, three seconds behind Brown, with a time of 7:16.692. Brown advanced to the A/B Semfinals along with race-winner Michigan with a time of 7:09.964. The Cougars were five seconds ahead of Cornell in fourth. WSU will race in the second C/D Semifinal at 8:40 a.m. ET Saturday, racing against Marist, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The top three from each heat will move onto the C Final Sunday, while the other four will compete in the D Final.

WSU's second varsity eight (coxswain - Heidi Kim, Carly Johnson, Emily Starkel, Alison Smith, Mollie McCabe, Hannah deVos, Erin Schuster, Elise Jones, bow - Ashlee Bonahoom) fell behind early and finished fifth in its morning heat with a time of 7:12.160. Ohio State and Virginia advanced to the A/B Semifinals with times of 6:50.742 and 6:55.791, respectively.

In the Repechage, the Cougars fell close behind early on, but used a quick second 500 meters to pull ahead of Wisconsin. The Cougars moved in fourth for the final 1,500 meters and finished there with a time of 7:32.681, two seconds ahead of Wisconsin in fifth. Yale and Cornell advanced from the heat with times of 7:22.958 and 7:27.079, respectively.

The Cougars will race out of the third lane in the second C/D Semifinal against Navy, Boston University, Michigan and Rhode Island at 9:20 a.m. Saturday. The top three from the heat will compete in the C Final Sunday, while the other four will race in the D Final Sunday.

Live results and streaming all weekend can be found at:

Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek Reservoir - Indianapolis, Ind.
May 31 - June 2, 2013

Friday, May 31 - Day One
Division I Eights
Heat One
1. USC, 6:48.943
2. Harvard, 6:50.238
3. Yale, 6:52.370
4. Washington State, 7:05.204
5. Oklahoma, 7:11.629

Division I Eights
Repechage 2
1. Michigan, 7:09.964
2. Brown, 7:13.123
3. Washington State, 7:16.692
4. Cornell, 7:21.264
5. Boston University, 7:25.155
6. Rhode Island, 7:35.573
7. Navy, 7:39.934

Division I Second Eights
Heat One
1. Ohio State, 6:50.742
2. Virginia, 6:55.791
3. Yale, 6:59.425
4. UCLA, 7:03.969
5. Washington State, 7:12.160

Division I Second Eights
Repechage 1
1. Yale, 7:22.958
2. Notre Dame, 7:27.079
3. Cornell, 7:27.433
4. Washington State, 7:32.681
5. Wisconsin, 7:34.701
6. Rhode Island, 8:04.610
7. Marist, 8:50.464

Division I Fours
Heat Two
1. California, 8:11.543
2. Washington State, 8:16.882
3. Oklahoma, 8:20.911
4. Wisconsin, 8:24.953
5. Cornell, 8:41.163

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