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All Cougar Crews Earn Grand Final Berths
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/27/2006
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May 27, 2006

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Washington State's women's rowing team sent all three of its crews into the grand finals at the NCAA Championships, Saturday.

The varsity eight placed third in its semifinal with a time of 6:27.42. Princeton, which won the heat, pulled ahead early and never relinquished the lead. Southern California, Brown, and Minnesota led Cougars off the start of a tight race, but WSU caught the pack by the halfway point. During the third 500 meters of the 2,000 meters course, USC fell back, but Brown and Minnesota stayed with WSU. The crews separated down the last 500 meters with Brown in second, and WSU edging Minnesota by 1.4 seconds for the last grand final qualifying position. The varsity eight races in Sunday's grand final at noon EDT.

WSU's varsity four won a back-and-forth battle with rival Washington to take first in its heat. The Huskies pulled out to an early lead, up five seats at the 500 (each seat equals about 0.3 seconds). WSU pushed into UW over the next 500, tying the race around the 750 mark, and taking the lead at the halfway point of 1,000 meters. The Cougars held onto the lead for a win, despite a push in the last 300 meters that pulled the Huskies within 0.8 seconds of WSU. The top two crews from each varsity four heat advance, so the boats will meet again Sunday for the grand final at 10:45 a.m. EDT.

The Cougar second varsity eight will also race in a grand final after taking second in its heat. The crew traded leads with California for much of the race, but the Golden Bears pulled out to a short lead over the last 500 meters and earned a 1.4 second victory. WSU completed the course in 6 minutes 43.4 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the third place finisher Yale. The second varsity eight will race Sunday at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

WSU is one of four teams that placed all three crews in the grand finals. California, Ohio State and Brown also made the grand finals with three boats.

NCAA Championship
West Windsor, N.J.
May 27, 2006

Day Two Results

Varsity Eights - Semifinal 1

1. Princeton 6:20.86
2. Brown 6:26.36
3. Washington State 6:27.42
4. Minnesota 6:28.82
5. Yale 6:30.27
6. Southern California 6:33.77
7. Stanford 6:46.01

Second Varsity Eights - Repechage 1

1. California 6:42.00
2. Washington State 6:43.44
3. Yale 6:45.29
4. Washington 6:45.99
5. Stanford 6:49.63

Varsity Four - Repechage 2

1. Washington State 7:19.11
2. Washington 7:19.93
3. Stanford 7:26.03
4. Wisconsin 7:27.02
5. Yale 7:31.18

NCAA Championships
West Windsor, N.J.
May 28, 2006

Day Three Schedule

Varsity Four Grand Final (10:45 a.m. EDT)

Lane Team
1 Washington
2 Ohio State
3 Brown
4 California
5 Washington State
6 Michigan State

Second Varsity Eight Grand Final (11:15 a.m. EDT)

Lane Team
1 Washington State
2 California
3 Ohio State
4 Brown
5 Wisconsin
6 Princeton

Varsity Eight Grand Final (Noon EDT)

Lane Team
1 Ohio State
2 Brown
3 California
4 Princeton
5 Michigan State
6 Washington State

NCAA Championships
West Windsor, N.J.
May 26, 2006

Day One Results

Varsity Eights - Heat 3

1. California 6:36.79
2. Washington State 6:38.59
3. UCLA 6:39.28
4. Tennessee 6:39.82
5. Boston 6:48.85

Second Varsity Eights - Heat 1

1. Ohio State 6:54.56
2. California 6:56.21
3. Princeton 6:56.44
4. Washington State 6:56.71
5. Tennessee 7:02.50
6. Stanford 7:02.79

Varsity Fours - Heat 2

1. California 7:25.24
2. Washington State 7:26.63
3. Michigan State 7:28.96
4. Princeton 7:33.78
5. Wisconsin 7:34.72
6. Stanford 7:35.08

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