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NCAA Championships Get Under Way Friday

NCAA Championships Get Under Way Friday

May 26, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - It's already been a memorable spring for Yale's women's crew. The Bulldogs' varsity eight captured the Ivy League and Eastern Sprints Championship for the first time since 1981. Now, Yale has its sights set on an NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs, who are making their fourth straight NCAA appearance, begin racing on Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the CSUS Aquatic Center.

"We're trying not to get caught up in the hype of the NCAA Championships," said Claire Norsetter, who sits in the No. 5 seat of the varsity boat. "We're focusing on rowing our own race. If we row to our capabilities, things will take care of themselves."

Yale is very familiar with the course on Lake Natoma, which is hosting the championship for the second straight year. The Bulldogs were second last spring, the best finish in school history.

"We are a pretty experienced team, we have a strong senior class," said Yale coach Will Porter. "We are going to concentrate on what we can control, which is racing to the best of our ability."

The top three ranked Div. I varsity eights in the nation (Cal - No. 1; Yale - No. 2; Ohio State - No. 3) were placed in separate heats to begin Friday's competition. Yale will assume lane one in the first varsity eight heat at 8 a.m. In the varsity boat for the Bulldogs are seniors Charlotte Taft (No. 8 seat), 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.

Racing against Yale are Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, USC and Brown.

The Bulldogs' second varsity races in its heat at 10 a.m. In the boat 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.

Yale races against Virginia, Princeton, Brown, Michigan State and Washington.

The third 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) has its heat at 11 a.m.

The Bulldogs race against Virginia, Brown, Michigan, Harvard and Princeton.

The NCAA Women's Rowing Championships features a total of 17 races taking place on Friday, 11 more on Saturday, and conclude with nine on Sunday. The Div. III champion will be crowned on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., while the Div. I (12:45 p.m.) and Div. II (11:30 a.m.) champions will be determined on Sunday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity.