WSU Moves All Three Boats to Sunday's Petite Final
May 28, 2011
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University advanced all three of its boats to Sunday's Petite Final in the semifinals Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.
Each semifinal consisted of two heats of six boats, with the exception of the second varsity eight which had a total of 13 boats. The top three from each heat advance to the Grand Final Sunday for a shot at the championship, while the other three (or four) from the heat move on to the Petite Final Sunday for places 7-12 (13). The boats that didn't advance to the semifinals will battle for spots 13-16 Sunday.
The Cougars had just one other Pac-10 school in their heat in the varsity eight semifinal, facing Stanford. The Cardinal won the race with a time of 6:21.68, a second ahead of Brown. WSU (coxswain Lexi Ryman, stroke Sarah Wolff, Hannah deVos, Allie Reilly, Corinna Sharick, Christina Kinck, Crystal Martin, Lisa Roman, Annie Eastwood) finished five seconds behind Yale in fifth place with a time of 6:37.21. Stanford and Brown are joined by Michigan State from the second heat and USC, Princeton and California from the first heat in the Grand Final Sunday. The Cougars will race out of lane three in the Petite Final Sunday, facing off against Yale, Washington, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin at 11:45 a.m.
In the varsity four second heat WSU (coxswain Cayla Ravancho, stroke Rachel McNeil, Liz Beck, Kasia Rademacher, Liana DeMaris) finished fifth out of lane five with a time of 7:45.83, just over two seconds behind Ohio State in fourth. Virginia won the heat with a time of 7:31.22, followed by Wisconsin and Stanford, the only other Pac-10 school in the heat. Those three will be joined in the Grand Final by three conference foes in California, USC and Washington. WSU will race out of lane four in Sunday's Petite Final at 10:05 a.m., going against Ohio State, Princeton, Brown, Yale and Michigan.
Washington State competed against three other Pac-10 schools in the second varsity eight second heat. Racing out of the sixth lane, WSU (coxswain Emily Boquet, stroke Natasha Ostopovich, Liz England, Stephanie Hinkle, Justine Galbraith, Mollie McCabe, Alison Smith, Sarah Powell, Carly Johnson) finished a second behind Wisconsin in sixth with a time of 6:50.05. Stanford won the heat to move on to the Grand Final, while California was second and Ohio State third. They will be joined by Brown, Virginia and USC from the first semifinal. The Cougars will race out of lane six in the Petite Final at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, going against Washington, Princeton, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Yale.
Just three schools advanced all three of their boats to the Grand Final, those all being members of the Pac-10, California, USC and Stanford. USC used a .04 seconds margin victory over Princeton in the second varsity eight in order to advance.
Live results for Sunday's races can be found here.
2011 NCAA ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Division I Eights
Division I Second Eights
Division I Fours
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