June 1, 2013

Second Varsity Qualifies For Grand Final On Second Day Of NCAA Championship

Varsity Misses Berth In Grand Final By Less Than A Second

The Yale second varsity will have the opportunity to race for a national championship.

The Bulldogs finished second in their semifinal race on day two of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis to earn a spot in Sunday's grand final. Yale crossed the line in 7:22.69, nearly three seconds behind first-place Ohio State. The top three finishers advanced to the grand final. The Bulldogs, who had a strong final 500 meters, were a little less than two seconds faster than third-place USC and nearly four seconds faster than fourth-place Radcliffe.

"What a great race by the second varsity," said Yale head coach Will Porter, who shuffled his second varsity and varsity four lineups following the Ivy League Championship two weeks ago.

The crew for Yale is Kristina Wagner, Kara Freeman, Elizabeth Vincent, Madeline Dinse, Martha Cosgrove, Mieke Scherpbier, Kristjana Gudmundsson, Abby Loucks and coxswain Margaret Ayers.

The Bulldogs will race Princeton, Ohio State, Brown, California and USC in the grand final at 9:50 a.m.

Porter was also pleased with how the varsity eight of Eliza Hastings, Abbie Young, Claire Tolson, Nina Demmerle, Kim Szokol, Natalie King, Maddie Lips, Colleen Maher and coxswain Kristen Brownlee raced. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs came up less than a second short of reaching the grand final.

The Bulldogs finished with a time of 7:17.689 but were just edged out by Washington (7:17.226) for the final spot. Yale was fifth after 500 meters and trailed Washington by nearly three seconds but kept closing the rest of the way before falling just short.

"They [the varsity eight] raced hard and were very much in the mix," Porter said.

Ohio State won in 7:14.406, edging Princeton by less than a second.

The Bulldogs will race in the petite final, facing Michigan, Radcliffe, UCLA, Brown and Stanford at 10 a.m.

The varsity four also will compete in the petite final. Yale finished sixth in the semifinal heat with a time of 8:00.451.

"The four seemed off today, but I'm sure they will rebound and finish strong tomorrow," Porter said.

The crew for the Bulldogs is Amina Edwards, Brit Sharon, Emily Tormey, Jen Stockwood and coxswain Christine Devlin.

Yale faces Michigan, Stanford, California, Princeton and Notre Dame on Sunday at 9:20 a.m.

Second varsity photo courtesy of David Hastings

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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