May 30, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. - The 2003 NCAA Rowing Championships started in successful fashion, despite the afternoon repechages being moved up due to weather that was set to enter the Indianapolis area. Brown and Division II UC-Davis began defense of their 2002 titles, while six schools started the trek for the Division III title.
The University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of Virginia, Princeton University, Harvard University, Brown University, the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, the University of Texas, Yale and Ohio State all advanced to the Division I semifinals of the Varsity Eight event. The semifinals will take place Saturday.
The opening race of the 2003 NCAA Rowing Championships was exciting as the University of Michigan finished first in 6:40.50, eight tenths of a second ahead of Stanford (6:41.30). Virginia finished third in 6:42.60. All three teams automatically advanced to the semifinal race.
The second heat of the Eights competition was close as well with Princeton University finishing on top, clocking a 6:39.50, and Harvard rowing in second at 6:41.00. The University of Southern California clocked a 6:41.90 to place third in the heat.
Brown University, who posted the fastest Varsity Eight time of the day, the University of California at Berkeley and the defending National Champions, the University of Washington, took the first three spots in the third heat of the morning, finishing in 6:39.27, 6:42.06 and 6:42.09, respectively.
The University of Texas, Yale and Ohio State all qualify for the semifinals after clinching the top three spots in Friday afternoon's repechage. Texas was victorious in a time of 7:09.29, Yale finished second in 7:09.43 and Ohio State crossed the finish line in 7:11.46.
In the Division I Second Varsity Eights event, Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley earned the top spots in its heats, advancing to the finals. On Saturday, Harvard, Princeton, Virginia, Washington State and Michigan State will race against each other in the first repechage race, while Michigan, Yale, Ohio State, Washington and Stanford will compete against each other in the second repechage. The top two finishers in each repechage will join Brown and California in the finals.
In the Division I Fours event, the University of California at Berkeley and Brown University will advance to the finals after placing first in their heats. California finished first in 7:35.39, followed by Virginia, Washington, Harvard, Washington State and Stanford, respectively. Brown rowed in at 7:31.27 past Michigan, Ohio State, Yale, Princeton and Michigan State, respectively. The repechages of the Fours competition will take place on Saturday, with the top two finishers in each rep advancing to Sunday's final.
In the Division II Eights competition, Mercyhurst College, the University of California at Davis and Western Washington University all advanced to the finals, which will take place Sunday beginning at 10:45 a.m. Rollins College, Humboldt State and Florida Institute of Technology advance to Saturday's repechage, where the top finisher will advance to the final.
Both Mercyhurst College and the University of California, Davis will also be competing in the Division II Fours finals on Sunday. Western Washington University and Florida Institute of Technology will be racing in Saturday's repechage for the remaining spot in the final.
Heat winners from University of Puget Sound-I and Colby College-I, will be joined by Coast Guard, Ithaca-I, Wellesley-I and Trinity-I from the repechages, in Saturday's final. Wellesley, Trinity-II, Colby College-II, Puget Sound-II, Ithaca-II and Coast Guard-II will all proceed to the Petite Finals.
The crews get back onto the water at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis with the semifinal and repechage heats beginning at 9 a.m. To view live updates of the 2003 NCAA Rowing Championships go to iuhoosier.com/ncaa/rowing.
Race Results Report
Regatta: 2003 NCAA Rowing Championships
Division I - I Eights
Heat 01 1: University of Michigan, 06:40:50; 2: Stanford University, 06:41:30; 3: University of Virginia , 06:42:60; 4: Michigan State University, 06:43:70; 5: Yale University, 06:47:20; 6: University of Texas, 06:47:60.
Heat 02 1: Princeton University, 06:39:50; 2: Harvard University, 06:41:00; 3: University of Southern California, 06:41:90; 4: Ohio State University, 06:42:60; 5: University of Tennessee, 07:01:70.
Heat 03 1: Brown University, 06:39:27; 2: University of California, Berkeley, 06:42:06; 3: University of Washington, 06:42:09; 4: Boston University, 06:52:07; 5: Washington State University, 06:59:97.
Division III - Eights
Heat 01 1: University of Puget Sound-I, 07:06:13; 2: Coast Guard Academy-I, 07:08:05; 3: Trinity College-I, 07:14:64; 4: Ithaca College (NY)-II, 07:27:92; 5: Colby College-II, 07:32:51; 6: Wellesley College-II, 07:39:59.
Heat 02 1: Colby College-I, 07:10:62; 2: Wellesley College-I, 07:12:71; 3: Ithaca College (NY)-I, 07:21:76; 4: Trinity College-II, 07:24:52; 5: Coast Guard Academy-II, 07:39:18; 6: University of Puget Sound-II, 07:40:11.
Division II - Eights
Heat 01 1: Mercyhurst College, 07:27.03; 2: Rollins College, 07:29.08.
Heat 02 1: University of California, Davis, 07:08:82; 2: Humboldt State University, 07:19:56.
Heat 03 1: Western Washington University, 07:18:17; 2: Florida Institute of Technology, 07:38:12.
Division I - II Eights
Heat 01 1: Brown University, 06:50:35; 2: University of Virginia , 06:56:60; 3: University of Washington, 06:59:25; 4: Michigan State University, 07:00:86; 5: Yale University, 07:01:29; 6: Harvard University, 07:02:70.
Heat 02 1: University of California, Berkeley, 06:52:53; 2: Ohio State University, 06:58:88; 3: Washington State University, 07:01:42; 4: Stanford University, 07:01:44; 5: Princeton University, 07:02:40; 6: University of Michigan, 07:07:07.
Division II - Fours
Heat 01 1: Mercyhurst College, 08:23.03; 2: Florida Institute of Technology, 08:40.04.
Heat 02 1: University of California, Davis, 07:55:74; 2: Western Washington University, 08:11:78.
Division I - Fours
Heat 01 1: University of California, Berkeley, 07:35:39; 2: University of Virginia , 07:39:86; 3: University of Washington, 07:44:89; 4: Harvard University, 07:50:21; 5: Washington State University, 07:55:37; 6: Stanford University, 08:04:88.
Heat 02 1: Brown University, 07:31:27; 2: University of Michigan, 07:37:48; 3: Ohio State University, 07:39:86; 4: Yale University, 07:40:75; 5: Princeton University, 07:41:72; 6: Michigan State University, 07:47:37.
Division I - I Eights
Repechage 01 1: University of Texas, 07:09:29; 2: Yale University, 07:09:43; 3: Ohio State University, 07:11:46; 4: Michigan State University, 07:11:83; 5: University of Tennessee, 07:15:10; 6: Washington State University, 07:15:51; 7: Boston University, 07:17:34.