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Varsity Four, Second Varsity Eight Narrowly Miss Grand Final At NCAA Championship

Varsity Four (Ahsan Iqbal photo)
Varsity Four (Ahsan Iqbal photo)

Varsity Eight Reaches C Final

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Two Yale crews narrowly missed qualifying for grand finals on the second day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma. The second varsity eight and varsity four each finished fourth in semifinal races, one place shy of advancing to the finals.

The varsity eight, coming off a disappointing first day, rebounded well, finishing second in the C/D semifinal to earn a spot in the C final.

The varsity four, which won its heat on Friday, came the closest to reaching the grand final, finishing a little over a second behind third-place Stanford. Virginia won the semifinal with a time of 7:12.272, more than a second faster than second-place Ohio State (7:13.784). The Cardinal crossed the line in 7:14.008, and the Bulldogs came in at 7:15.435.

Wisconsin (7:26.591) and Indiana (7:32.670) were well behind the top four.

The crew for the Bulldogs is: stroke Kendall Chapin (Sr., Radnor, Pa.), Mary Farner (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.), Olivia Maclean (Jr., Harvard, Mass.), Kate Horvat (So., Philadelphia, Pa.) and coxswain Sara Lee (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.).

Yale races Texas, Wisconsin, Princeton, Indiana and Brown in the petite final Sunday at 10 a.m. PDT.

The second varsity eight faced a tough draw in its semifinal, which featured Pac-10 powers Washington and California. The Bears won with an impressive time of 6:21.390, almost three seconds faster than the second-place Huskies. Yale and Princeton battled for the final spot in the grand final with the Tigers finishing in 6:29.206 and the Bulldogs coming in at 6:32.800.

Stanford (6:36.770) was fifth and Washington State (6:42.778) placed sixth.

The crew for the Bulldogs is: stroke - Mieke Scherpbier (Sr. Upper Dublin, Pa.), Casey Wizner (Jr., Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Martha Cosgrove (Sr., Winchester, Mass.), Kate O'Brien (Jr., Clare, Ireland), Lily Lindsay (So., Harrison, N.Y.), Amy Warner (So., East London, South Africa), Sophie Deans (So., Sydney, Australia), Lydia Keating (Jr., Brookline, Mass.) and coxswain: Anisa Iqbal (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.).

Yale races Brown, Michigan, Stanford, Wisconsin and Washington State in the petite final at 10:24 a.m. PDT.

Yale's varsity eight of stroke Meg Galloway (So., Ridgefield, Conn.), Schuyler Ritchie (Jr., London, England), Marybeth Swords (So., Sudbury, Mass.), Julia Sesler (So., Bronxville, N.Y.), Arwen Neski  (Fr., Ashley Falls, Mass.), Alison Nordell (Fr., Gates Mills, Ohio), Abbie Young (Sr., Barnstable, Mass.), Colleen Maher (Sr., Oakton, Va.) and coxswain Jessica Michaels (So., Bangkok, Thailand) led the C/D semifinal for most of the way before being overtaken late by Gonzaga, which won with a time of 6:29.093. The Bulldogs finished in 6:30.024. Indiana (6:32.194) placed third followed by Central Florida (6:38.764) and Jacksonville (7:07.315).

Yale races Gonzaga, Washington State, Duke, Indiana and Northeastern in the C final at 9:12 a.m. PDT.

NCAALive has the free video of all of Sunday's races.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity