May 31, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Washington's defending champion varsity eight boat staged an impressive first-round performance Friday, winning by two boat lengths in the first of three heats. The Huskies burst out of the blocks, opening a two-seat lead almost instantly. The championships, at the Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., run through Sunday.
The five other boats in the heat were not the only victims of the Huskies' varsity eight. The boat holder, a person stationed at the starting line to hold the stern, fell forward into the water once the team began moving. The Washington rowers observed the fall, but concentrated on the task at hand and moved out to an open water advantage by the 600 meter mark.
The Huskies cruised the rest of the way, completing the 2,000-meter course two boat lengths ahead of runner-up Harvard with a time of 6:47.20. The Crimson finished in 6:54.20 and Virginia secured the third automatic semifinal berth with a time of 6:54.90. All boats finishing behind the top three in each heat compete in a repechage Friday afternoon to determine the final three qualifiers for the 12-team semifinals.
Washington was competing for the first time in its brand new Pocock shell, a replacement for a similar boat that was damaged in transit to Indianapolis.
NCAA WOMEN'S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 31, 2002
Eagle Creek Park; Indianapolis, Ind.
Varsity Eight (top 3 to semifinals, rest to repechage)
Heat I -- 1. WASHINGTON 6:47.20. 2, Harvard 6:54.20. 3, Virginia 6:54.90. 4, Syracuse 6:55.70. 5, Washington State 6:56.30. 6, Michigan State 7:03.30.
Heat II -- 1, Brown 6:49.20. 2, Yale 6:53.40. 3, Stanford 6:53.43. 4, USC 6:56.80. 5, Notre Dame 7:05.70.
Heat III -- 1. Ohio State 6:51.60. 2, Princeton 6:53.00. 3, California 6:56.50. 4, Michigan 7:04.70. 5, Cornell 7:09.60.