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WSU's Second Varsity Eight Advances to A/B Final
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/30/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Cougars’ second varsity eight boat advanced to the A/B Final after finishing second in its Repechage heat as No. 14 Washington State University women’s rowing finished day one of the 2014 NCAA Rowing Championships, Friday, under sunny and calm conditions at Indianapolis’s Eagle Creek Park. 

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 move on to the C/D finals.  All three of WSU’s boats moved on to the Repechage heat and competed twice Friday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

It was a close race early on for WSU’s second varsity eight (coxswain – Emily Boquet, stroke – Megan McDonald, Emily Starkel, Noel Christiansen, Mollie McCabe, Chloe Rogers, Carter Marks, Kendall Boliba, bow – Isabella Watt), as it battled three other teams for first in the fourth heat of the event; fourth-seeded Virginia, fifth-seeded UCLA and 13th-seeded USC. Seeded 12th in the event, the Cougars quickly moved into third, pulling further ahead of USC to finish third in a time of 6:37.830, just three seconds behind UCLA in second with a time of 6:34.768. Virginia won the raced with a time of 6:32.021.

The Cougars moved into the second Repechage in the afternoon, competing against: Notre Dame, Indiana, San Diego, Northeastern, Boston and Oklahoma for two of the four spots in the A/B Semifinals. The Cougars jumped out to an early lead and were at the head of the pack until Notre Dame caught up after 1,000 meters. WSU held off a surging Indiana team and couldn’t catch the Fighting Irish, as it finished second with a time of 6:38.717, just over two seconds behind Notre Dame (6:36.450). With their second-place finish, the Cougars advance to the A/B Semifinals Saturday and will race in the first heat at 9:30 a.m., racing out of lane seven. 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 – Sarah Wu, stroke – Jordan Watson, Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, Elise Jones, Alex Waddell, Nicole Hare, Morgan Cathrea, Hannah deVos, bow – Mickey Aylard) entered the third heat of the first Division I event of the day seeded 14th. Racing against third-seeded Princeton, sixth-seeded California, 11th-seeded UCLA, 19th-seeded Northeastern and 22nd-seeded Jacksonville, the Cougars held close to UCLA the majority of the race and finished just over six seconds behind the Bruins with a time of 6:37.335. California won the race with a time of 6:19.335, followed by Princeton in second (6:25.482).

The Cougar varsity eight advanced to the second Repechage with a chance to move into the A/B Semifinals, facing Notre Dame, Indiana, San Diego, Oklahoma, Boston University and Northeastern. After the first 500, WSU couldn’t catch up to Notre Dame (first, 6:28.873), Indiana (second, 6:30.424) or San Diego (6:32.709), finishing fourth with a time of 6:34.100. The Cougars will race in the first C/D final Saturday at 8:30 a.m., going against UCLA, Louisville, Jacksonville and Oklahoma. The top three from each heat will move onto the C Final Sunday, while the other four will compete in the D Final.

In the final Division I race of the morning, WSU’s varsity four (coxswain – Rebecca Burns, stroke – Alyssa Rumann, Ella Odland, Ieva Adomaviciute, bow – Kim Coon), had a small surge at the end, but couldn’t catch Indiana to finish fourth in its heat with a time of 7:27.551. Indiana was third with a time of 7:24.721. Stanford and Washington, seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, in the event, finished first and second, respectively, as the Cardinal finished with a time of 7:13.761 and the Huskies clocked a time of 7:16.874.

The Cougars moved into the first Repechage in the afternoon, competing against Louisville, Michigan, Harvard, San Diego, Massachusetts and Ohio State for two of the four spots in the A/B Semifinals. Ohio State entered the competition seeded third overall in the four, but hit debris in its heat earlier in the day and fell into the Repechage heat. The Buckeyes jumped to an early lead and held off Michigan for the win with a time of 7:16.706. The Cougars finished nearly seven seconds behind the Wolverines with a time of 7:27.213 and will race out of the third lane in the second C/D Semifinal against Harvard, Oklahoma, Northeastern and Jacksonville at 9:50 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 30 – June 1, 2014

Friday, May 31 – Day One
Division I Eights
Heat Three
1. California, 6:19.335
2. Princeton, 6:25.482
3. UCLA, 6:31.291
4. Washington State, 6:37.335
5. Northeastern, 6:45.335
6. Jacksonville, 7:06.696

Repechage 2
1. Notre Dame, 6:28.873
2. Indiana, 6:30.424
3. San Diego, 6:32.709
4. Washington State, 6:34.100
5. Northeastern, 6:46.011
6. Oklahoma, 6:46.331
7. Boston, 6:55.863

Division I Second Eights
Heat Four
1. Virginia, 6:32.021
2. UCLA, 6:34.768
3. Washington State, 6:37.830
4. USC, 6:42.301
5. Massachusetts, 7:06.639
6. Boston, 7:13.392

Repechage 2
1. Notre Dame, 6:36.450
2. Washington State, 6:38.717
3. Indiana, 6:43.841
4. San Diego, 6:44.124
5. Oklahoma, 6:50.046
6. Northeastern, 6:56.139
7. Boston, 7:16.570

Division I Fours
Heat Four
1. Stanford, 7:13.761
2. Washington, 7:16.874
3. Indiana, 7:24.721
4. Washington State, 7:27.551
5. Massachusetts, 7:51.479
6. Boston, 8:02.793

Repechage 1
1. Ohio State, 7:16.706
2. Michigan, 7:20.466
3. Washington State, 7:27.213
4. Louisville, 7:33.013
5. San Diego, 7:34.053
6. Harvard, 7:38.733
7. Massachusetts, 7:42.864

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