May 29, 2005

Yale Finishes 7th At NCAA Championships

May 29, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Yale finished seventh with 38 points at the NCAA Team Championships on Lake Natoma. The Bulldogs varsity eight finished fifth in the Grand Final with a time of 6:25.89. The second varsity eight placed second in the Petite Final with a time of 6:39.43, and the varsity four was third in the Petite Final with a time of 7:28.3. California won the NCAA title for the first time in school history with 67 points.

"This team has a lot to be proud of," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "This regatta did not go the way we wanted it to. Anytime you have high expectations, there is a chance for disappointment, but looking at the big picture we are still one of the best programs in the country."

The Bulldogs, who finished second at last year's NCAA Championship, have made four straight NCAA appearances. Yale's varsity eight captured the Eastern Sprints and Ivy League championships earlier this spring, was ranked as high as second in the CRCA USRowing national poll and had an 11-1 overall record during the regular season.

California won the varsity eight Grand Final with a time of 6:20.74. Princeton (6:22.80) was second followed by Harvard (6:23.86) and Virginia (6:24.22).

The Bulldogs were fifth after 500 meters and were never able to catch up.Yale earned 24 points for its finish.

In the varsity boat for the Bulldogs were 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). Senior Jehan Budak is the cox.

The second varsity, which missed qualifying for the Grand Final by one-one-hundreth of a second during Saturday's repechage, was third after 500 meters, moved into second at the 1,000-meter mark, but couldn't catch Washington, which won with a time of 6:39.43, just over a second faster than the Bulldogs. Yale earned 10 points for the finish.

"We had to put yesterday behind us," said Yale captain Dinah Dimalanta, who was in the No. 7 seat. "It was important for us to do well for our team and put as many points on the board as we could. Washington had a few seats on us. We rallied and were able to work through the other boats, but couldn't catch Washington. I thought we rowed at a solid pace."

"The second varsity had a tough break yesterday," Porter said. "They rowed to an eyelash of qualifying for the Grand Final. I thought they did a great job of composing themselves, and they rowed a really good race."

Yale's time of 6:39.43 was faster than three of the boats that raced in the Grand Final.

In the second varsity for Yale were seniors 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) started strong and led after 500 meters. Michigan and Michigan State, though, both overtook the Bulldogs at the 1,000-meter mark. Michigan won with a time of 7:25.4, less than a second ahead of second-place Michigan State. The Bulldogs earned four points for their finish.

The Ivy League had four of the top seven team finishes. Brown was third with 49 points, while Princeton (39) placed fifth and Harvard (39) was sixth.

Yale's season isn't totally complete. The Bulldogs will head to the Henley Royal Regatta in England in June.

2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Day 3 Results

Final Team Scores:
1. California 67; 2. Virginia 63; 3. Brown 49; 4. Ohio State 42; 5. Princeton 39; 6. Harvard 39; 7. Yale 38; 8. Michigan 35; 9. Washington 31; Michigan State 27; USC 25; Wisconsin 13.

Varsity Eight, Grand Final
1. California 6:20.74; 2. Princeton 6:22.80; 3. Harvard 6:23.86; 4. Virginia 6:24.22; 5. Yale 6:25.89; 6. Ohio State 6:26.96

Second Varsity Eight, Petite Final
1.Washington 6:38.24; Yale 6:39.43; 3. Harvard 6:44.23; USC 6:44.81; Princeton 6:45.61; 6. Wisconsin 6:46.20

Varsity Four, Petite Final
1. Michigan 7:25.4; 2. Michigan State 7:26.2; 3. Yale 7:28.3; Ohio State 7:31.1; 5. Princeton 7:34.7; 6. Harvard 7:35.8

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