NCAA Rowing Semifinals
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - All the Husky crews have filtered back to base camp at the Lake Natoma course. The semifinals are on tap today, and be prepared to see some of the toughest racing between the women's boats. With a finals berth on the line, it's hard to expect anything less.
The top three boats in each semifinal will advance to the Grand Final. All the others are headed to the Petite Finals. And for the Huskies to advance in the varsity eight, they'll need to beat a host of tough crews.
The Huskies are seeded in Lane 6 and will face Yale, California, Virginia, UCLA and Michigan State. But with all the times recorded from yesterday's heats, the Huskies know the times and splits they'll need to hit. Going through the results sheet over at Jamco (the best place to follow the action), it's clear the Huskies need to ramp up the speed in the middle portion of the race (between the 500 and 1500-meter marks).
This is the part of the race where crews have to be mentally strong. The Huskies have a reputation throughout the sport for being one of the strongest and fittest crews in the nation, so the fact that they rowed two races on Friday should not be a problem.
Next up will be the J's - the second varsity. That crew is seeded in Lane 5 and has to battle with Virginia, Brown, Cal, Yale and Michigan State. Then the varsity four will cap the afternoon's racing with their semi. They're seeded in the coveted Lane 1 position (having won their heat), and will face Cal, Brown, Yale, Stanford and Michigan State.
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