May 29, 1999
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - The University of Virginia's first varsity eight and varsity four both advanced to Sunday's (May 30) grande finals in competition on Saturday (May 29) at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.
Virginia has a boat in each of the three grande finals on Sunday. UVA's second varsity eight had already advanced to the grande final in that competition by winning its heat on Friday (May 28).
Virginia, Brown and Washington are the only schools with boats in each of the three grande finals.
Virginia's first varsity eight finished third in its semifinal heat on Saturday to advance to the grande final. Brown won the heat with a time of (6:50.9) followed by Washington (6:52.3), Virginia (6:56.0), Michigan (6:56.3), Dartmouth (7:09) and Boston University (7:13.2).
The first three boats in each of two semifinal heats in the first varsity eight advanced to the grande final. In the other first varsity eight heat, California-Berkeley (6:57.9), Princeton (6:58.8) and Harvard (7:01.9) advanced to the grande final.
Virginia's varsity four won the repechage on Saturday to advance to Sunday's grande final in that competition. UVa finished with a time of 7:57 followed by Wisconsin (8:03.2), Boston University (8:07.5), Princeton (8:18.5), California-Berkeley (8:21.1) and Michigan State (8:23.5). The top two boats in the repechage advance to the grande final in the varsity four. Brown, Washington, Michigan and Harvard had advanced to the grande final in the varsity four on Friday.
The NCAA Women's Rowing Championships conclude on Sunday at the California State University-Sacramento Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.