Yale Varsity Eight Wins Heat On Opening Day Of NCAA Championships

Yale Varsity Eight Wins Heat On Opening Day Of NCAA Championships

May 27, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - It was a strong opening day for Yale at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma. The Bulldogs' varsity eight won its heat with a time of 6:22.06 to advance to Saturday's semi-finals. The second varsity eight placed fourth in its heat with a time of 6:43.82, and the varsity four also was fourth in 7:31.99.

"It was a good first day of racing," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "The varsity eight had a strong pace, but there is still room for improvement. The lower boats will have their work cut out for them. It'll be challenging, but it can be done."

The varsity eight heat was a close race. The Bulldogs finished less than a second ahead of second-place Virginia (6:22.83). Brown was third in 6:23.50. Yale had the second fastest time in the two heats, trailing only Princeton, which won its heat with a time of 6:21.00.

"It was good to get out and get the jitters out," said senior Charlotte Taft, who sits in the No. 8 seat. "We were able to learn about the other boats, and we rowed just the pace we wanted to. We're excited for Saturday's races.

In the varsity boat for the Bulldogs are seniors Taft (No. 8 seat), Claire Norsetter (No. 5) and Amanda Kendrick (No. 4); juniors Jane Moore (No. 7), Maria Stevens (No. 6) and Joanna Hess (No. 2) and sophomores Christine Geiser (No. 3) and Rachel Jeffers (No. 1). The cox is senior Jehan Budak.

The Bulldogs, who are seeded second, will race in the semifinals on Saturday. The top three finishers in each semi-final advance to Sunday's Grand Final.

Both the second varsity and varsity boats will race in the repechage on Saturday. The second varsity races at 10 a.m. against Brown, Michigan, USC and Princeton, while the varsity four goes at 9:30 a.m. against Brown, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Harvard. The top two finishers in each repechage advance to Sunday's Grand Final.

In the second varsity for Yale are seniors Dinah Dimalanta (No. 7), Catherine Wassenaar (No. 4), Mary Kate Sullivan (No. 3) and Elizabeth Stowers (No. 2); junior Alexandra Moser (No. 8); sophomore Julie Andress (No. 1) and freshmen Jamie Redman (No.6) and Milica Vujovic (No. 5). The cox is sophomore Emily Cleveland.

The third varsity four is comprised of senior Jolanta Golanowska (No. 3), junior Katie Curran (No. 4) and freshmen Suzanne Salgado (No. 2), Margaret Sullivan (No. 1) and Erin Haber (cox).

2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Day 1 Results

Varsity Eight, Heat 1
1. Yale 6:22.06; 2. Virginia 6:22.83; 3. Brown 6:23.50; 4. Tennessee
6:27.03; 5. USC 6:30.22; 6. Wisconsin 6:33.61

Second Varsity Eight, Heat 1
1. Virginia 6:38.15; 2. Brown 6:43.11; 3. Michigan State 6:43.79; 4.
Yale 6:43.82; 5. Washington 6:48.54; 6. 6:51.9

Varsity Four, Heat 1
1. Virginia 7:20.37; 2. Brown 7:24.87; 3. Michigan 7:30.99; 4. Yale
7:31.99; 5. Princeton 7:38.15; 6. Harvard 7:47.33

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity.