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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Stormy conditions altered the start times twice in 24 hours at the first day of the women's rowing NCAA Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, but the Washington women handled the adversity well, advancing all three of their boats the Saturday morning's semi-finals.
Head coach Bob Ernst was pleased that the Huskies reached their goal for the first day of the championships--for all three boats to reach the semifinals--despite the unpredictable and stormy conditions.
"Mission accomplished," said Ernst. "The conditions were tough but our athletes handled it well. Give credit to the officials, the weather has been hard to manage and they are doing a good job of keeping everyone safe."
Friday's races were originally scheduled to begin at 6:10 AM P.T. (9:10 E.T.); however, after looking at the forecast on Thursday, NCAA officials moved the start times up by 90 minutes. After surveying conditions early Friday morning, the start times were then moved back to their original schedule. The Huskies raced in the fourth heat each of the three categories--Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, and Varsity Four.
After sitting in the vans in the parking lot waiting for the thunder and lighting warnings to pass, Washington's varsity eight could finally warm up for the Huskies' first race of the day, albeit it was in the pouring rain. In heat four of the varsity eights, Washington faced Gonzaga, Michigan, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and defending National Champion Virginia. Slotted in lane three, the Huskies had a clean start and stayed steady behind Virginia from the beginning. The Huskies maintained second throughout the entirety of the race, crossing the finish line less than seven seconds behind Virginia with a time of 6:56.88. Michigan, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Rhode Island rounded out the finishers in heat four.
The closest finish of the day for the Huskies was in the Washington's second varsity eight race. Washington took on Brown, Cornell, Rhode Island, Navy, and fellow Pac-12 member Stanford in the fourth heat of the second varsities. Like the first varsity boat, the Huskies second boat got off to a good start, holding second place behind Brown through the first three quarters of the race. Nearing the 1500 meter mark the Huskies made a push and applied pressure to the Bears down the stretch, but the Bears were just barely able to hold off the surging Huskies. The difference between 1st and 2nd was less than two seconds, with the Huskies finishing with a time of 7:04.86. Finishing in order after Brown and Washington were Stanford, Cornell, Rhode Island and Navy.
The Huskies varsity four capped a strong day by the Washington women, winning their heat by open water with a time of 8:01.71. After jumping out to an early lead over a field that included Gonzaga, Michigan, UCLA, Notre Dame and Navy, the Huskies never looked back, maintaining a solid lead through each 500 meter section of the race. Second-place Notre Dame finished more than five seconds behind Washington, followed by UCLA, Michigan, Navy and Gonzaga. The Huskies varsity four was especially pleased with the finish, as they were able to avenge a loss at the Pac-12 Championships to UCLA.
The top three finishers in the semis will advance to the grand finals on Sunday, while the bottom three will head to the petite finals.
Today, though, was about making it to the semifinals.
"It's an intense three days of racing so today was about finishing in the top two and moving on to the semifinals," said Ernst. "You want to have your best race on the last day."
Ernst is looking forward to tomorrow and hoping that the weather allows a window to get the semis in as the weather is expected to improve for the finals on Sunday.
Full Schedule and Boatings for the Saturday's semifinals will be posted shortly.
NCAA Day 1 Results: (Click Here for Complete Results from Day 1) V8 Heat 4:
1) Virginia 6:49.64
2) Washington 6:56.88: Cox- Madeline Johnston (Seattle, Wash.), stroke- Patricia Obee (Victoria, B.C.), 7- Madison Culp (Seattle, Wash.), 6- Marie Strohmayer (Zell, Germany), 5- Ruth Whyman (Gloucestrshire, England), 4- Amy Fowler (Canberrra, Austrailia), 3-Victoria Nenchev (Vancouver, Wash.), 2- Kirstyn Goodger (Auckland, New Zealand), bow- Fiona Gammond (Bucknell, England).
3) Michigan 7:02.31
4) Wisconsin 7:13.52
5) Gonzaga 7:18.55
6) Rhode Island 7:34.11
2V8 Heat 4:
1) Brown 7:02.90
2) Washington 7:04.86: Cox- Allison Welty (Long Beach, Calif.), stroke- Allie Delarge (Victoria, B.C.), 7- Maddie Cordner (Melbourne, Austrailia), 6- Sarah Dougherty (Kent, Wash.) , 5- Elisabeth Odland (Seattle, Wash.), 4- Kaitlyn Garlock (Kent, Wash.) , 3- Camilla Anderson (Wellington, New Zealand), 2- Grace Spoors (Christchurch, New Zealand), bow- Lana Harshman (Stanwood, Wash.),
3) Stanford 7:11:06
4) Cornell 7:12:70
5) Rhode Island 7:36.02
6) Navy 7:44.85
V4 Heat 4:
1) Washington 8:01.71: Cox-Hannah Lukanuski (Berkeley, Calif.), 4-Monique Moore (Atherton, Calif.), 3- Giuliana Chilczuk (Renton, Wash.), 2- Natalie Harshman (Stanwood, Wash.), bow- Elizabeth Vogt (Trout Lake, Wash.).
2) Notre Dame 8:07.37
3) UCLA 8:09.68
4) Michigan 8:11.20
5) Navy 8:33.10
6) Gonzaga 8:38.33