Varsity 8 Qualifies For Semifinals

May 28, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Yale's varsity eight qualified for Saturday's semi-finals by finishing second in Heat 3 at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma. Yale's second varsity was fourth in its heat and must now compete in Saturday's repechage. In the varsity four heat, Yale was second and also has to race in the repechage on Saturday.

In the varsity eight race, the Bulldogs finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:46.7, nearly two seconds behind first-place Brown (6:44.1).

"Going into the race we were pretty excited," said coxswain Jehan Budak. "We had a good pace, so it was an excellent way to begin."

The Bulldogs will now race in the semi finals on Saturday where they must finish in the top three to earn a berth in Sunday's Grand Final.

"We raced at a very solid pace," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "We have room for more speed in the semifinals, which should be a very, very tight race."

Joining Budak in the varsity boat were Alicja Witkowski, Jane Moore, Ashley Brzozowicz, Claire Norsetter, Maria Stevens, Amanda Kendrick, Joanna Hess and Rachel Jeffers.

In the second varsity race, the Bulldogs placed fourth with a time of 6:53.9. Washington was first in 6:46.7, followed by California (6:48.3) and Washington State (6:51.0).

"We didn't show our true speed," said Porter of the second varsity. "Hopefully this race will help us shake out the nerves and we will be ready for the repechage."

In the second varsity for Yale are Emily Cleveland, Charlotte Taft, Jennifer Reifsnyder, Dinah Dimalanta, Rachel Withers, Catherine Wassenaar, Mary Kate Sullivan, Annemarie von der Goltz and Jennifer Draxl.

In the fours, Yale placed second in 7:35.6. Virginia was first in 7:28.9. In the four for Yale were Ari Romney, Katie Curran, Elizabeth Stowers, Christine Geiser and Emily Shuey.

Varsity Eight (Heat 3)

1. Brown 6:44.1; 2. Yale 6:46.7; 3. Princeton 6:49.2; 4. Harvard 6:57.3; 5. Washington State 7:19.7

Second Varsity Eight (Heat 2)

1. Washington 6:46.7; 2. California 6:48.3; 3. Washington State 6:51.0; 4. Yale 6:53.9; 5. Princeton 6:56.0; 6. Harvard 6:57.3

Varsity Four (Heat 1)

1. Virginia 7:28.9; 2. Yale 7:35.6; 3. California 7:37.7; 4. Princeton 7:41.4; 5. Washington State 7:43.3; 6. Michigan State 7:51.0

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