Radcliffe Four Advances to NCAA Semifinals

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CAMDEN, N.J.-The Radcliffe heavyweight varsity four placed third in its heat to advance directly to the event semifinals, highlighting the first day of competition for the Black and White at the NCAA Rowing Championships on the Cooper River.

Despite the second-fastest final 500 meters of the day, the Black and White varsity eight missed a semifinal berth by one-fifth of a second in the morning heat before placing fifth and the repechage in the afternoon. The second varsity eight took fifth in its heat and seventh in its repechage.

The varsity four will race in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday, seeking a top-three finish in order to reach Sunday's grand final. The boat is made up of sophomore Tara Larson, freshman Katie O'Hanlon, junior Michaela Pewarski, senior Katherine Williams and sophomore coxswain Rachel Rauh. The varsity and second varsity eights will race in their respective third-level finals Sunday.

The Radcliffe four beat out Michigan State for third place in its heat to march through to the semis. The Black and White got off to a good start and led after 500 meters with a split of 1:48.42. Virginia, however, took control of the race in the second 500 meters and MSU also passed Radcliffe, but the Black and White passed the Spartans in the third 500. California pulled ahead of both Radcliffe and Michigan State to take second, but Radcliffe held off MSU by two seats in 7:34.98.

The varsity eight was the first Radcliffe boat to race and just missed a direct path to the semis. Stanford gained an edge on the field early, and Yale eventually emerged as the runner-up from a tightly packed field. Washington, which had held second earlier, led the Black and White by 1.72 seconds heading into the race's final quarter. Radcliffe rowed the fastest last 500 in 1:38.29, but the Huskies held on to the last qualifying spot by two-tenths of a second, as the Black and White crossed the line in 6:34.80.

Radcliffe got off to a strong start in the repechage, holding second place behind Southern California at the midway point. The rest of the pack was not far behind, though, as Ohio State and Michigan moved up to take the top two spots and join USC in the semifinals. The Black and White, which was more than five seconds faster than any of the other repechage squads in the heats, finished in 6:27.10.

The Black and White second varsity held fourth for much of its heat, entering the final 500 meters less than three seconds out of the third semifinal berth and more than two ahead of fifth-place Oregon State. Ohio State, however, held on for third and the Beavers passed the Black and White. Radcliffe finished in 6:58.62. Virginia won the heat and runner-up Washington joined the Cavaliers and Buckeyes as direct qualifiers for the semifinals.

Radcliffe posted a repechage time of 6:42.45. The Black and White stood fourth, one spot out of the semifinals, at the 1,000-meter mark, but was passed by Oregon State, Dartmouth and Wisconsin in the second half of the race. Princeton, USC and Clemson earned the remaining semifinal bid.

Varsity Eight

Heat 1

Stanford 6:27.6

Yale 6:32.30

Washington 6:34.60

Radcliffe 6:34.80

Ohio State 6:42.80


Heat 2

California 6:29.40

Brown 6:32.80

Michigan State

Oregon State 6:46.60

Wisconsin 6:51.70


Heat 3

Virginia 6:29.51

Princeton 6:31.49               

Clemson 6:32.57

Southern California 6:40.49

Michigan 6:48.83               

Dartmouth 7:04.79



Ohio State 6:21.00

Michigan 6:21.27               

Southern California 6:21.42

Dartmouth 6:25.51

Radcliffe 6:27.10

Oregon State 6:28.43

Wisconsin 6:28.66


Second Varsity Eight

Heat 1

Virginia  6:43.99

Washington 6:48.30

Ohio State 6:52.27

Oregon State 6:54.55

Radcliffe 6:58.62


Heat 2

California 6:42.92

Yale 6:44.30

Stanford 6:48.42

Southern California 6:57.93

Princeton 7:01.74


Heat 3

Brown 6:42.96

Michigan State 6:44.21

Michigan 6:44.61

Wisconsin 6:47.02

Clemson                7:04.17

Dartmouth 7:14.17



Princeton 6:35.35

Southern California 6:36.03

Clemson 6:37.50

Oregon State 6:39.37

Dartmouth 6:39.61

Wisconsin 6:40.64

Radcliffe 6:42.45


Varsity Four

Heat 1

Virginia 7:31.29

California 7:33.94

Radcliffe 7:34.98

Michigan State 7:36.10

Princeton 7:55.80


Heat 2

Ohio State 7:29.05

Clemson 7:30.49

Wisconsin 7:32.57

Southern California 7:39.21

Oregon State 7:41.72


Heat 3

Yale 7:29.83

Michigan 7:32.43

Washington 7:32.72

Stanford 7:42.36

Brown 7:48.75

Dartmouth 8:07.24



Stanford 7:24.40

Brown 7:27.32

Southern California 7:29.08

Princeton 7:31.14               

Oregon State 7:32.01

Dartmouth 7:36.06

Michigan State 7:41.56