May 28, 2005

Yale Varsity Eight Qualifies For Grand Final At NCAA Championships

May 28, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Yale's varsity eight qualified for the Grand Final during the second day of competition at the NCAA Championship on Lake Notoma. The Bulldogs finished second in the first semifinal with a time of 6:39.47 as the top three finishers in both semifinals advanced to the Grand Final. Yale's second varsity and varsity four earned a place in the Petite Final.

"It was a day of mixed results," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter.

The varsity eight finished nearly four seconds behind first-place Princeton, but was never in danger of not earning a berth in the Grand Final. Ohio State (6:39.67) was third followed by Brown (6:41.0), Stanford (6:47.92) and USC (6:52.38).

"Each race we are learning something," said senior cox Jehan Budak. "Having three days to race is really beneficial. We are encouraged for tomorrow."

California won the second semifinal with a time of 6:32.62. Harvard (6:38.33) and Virginia (6:40.54) also qualified for the Grand Final, which is set for Sunday at noon. Yale will be in lane three.

"Anytime you make the Grand Final at the national championship, you are rowing fast," Porter said. "We need to row a complete race. In the heats, we've had good sections, but we haven't rowed a complete race."

In the varsity boat for the Bulldogs are seniors Charlotte 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). Budak is the cox.

The second varsity, which needed to finish in the top two in its repechages to qualify for the Grand Final, finished third with a time of 6:46.87, only one-one-hundredth of a second behind second-place Michigan, which came in at 6:46.86. Brown won with a time of 6:44.68.

"That's a heartbreaking finish for them," Porter said. "They need to take pride in the way they competed. Both the second varsity and varsity four can still earn points for us in the Petite Final."

The second varsity races in the Petite Final on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Washington, Harvard, Princeton, Wisconsin and USC.

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 varsity four 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) placed third in its repechage with a time of 7:39.96, nearly nine seconds behind second-place Wisconsin (7:30.45). Brown won with a time of 7:27.21.

Yale's second varsity races in the Petite Final on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Harvard and Princeton.

California and Virginia are both in the best position for the NCAA team title. Each had all three of their boats qualify for the Grand Final.

2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Day 2 Results

Varsity Eight, Semifinal 1
1. Princeton 6:35.77; 2. Yale 6:39.47; 3. Ohio State 6:39.67; 4. Brown 6:41.40; 5. Stanford 6:47.92; 6. USC 6:52.38

Second Varsity Eight, Repechage 1
1.Brown 6:44.68; 2. Michigan 6:46.86; 3. Yale 6:46.87; 4. Princeton 6:54.57; 5. USC 6:59.26

Varsity Four, Repechage 1
1. Brown 7:27.21; 2. Wisconsin 7:30.45; 3. Yale 7:39.96; 4. Ohio State 7:44.37; 5. Harvard 7:51.38

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity.