CAMDEN, N.J.-The Radcliffe heavyweight varsity four placed fifth in its semifinal Saturday at the NCAA Championships on the Cooper River.
The boat will compete in Sunday's 10 a.m. petite final against Brown, Washington, Ohio State, Michigan and Southern California. The Radcliffe varsity and second varsity eights will race in their respective third-level finals against Wisconsin, Dartmouth and Oregon State.
The Black and White varsity four outlasted Brown for fifth place, finishing 0.94 seconds ahead of the Bears in 7:30.75. Radcliffe stood fourth after 500 meters, but Virginia came back to pass the Black and White and get by Washington for the third berth in the grand final. First-place Clemson and runner-up Yale also advanced to the top final.
Sophomore Tara Larson, freshman Katie O'Hanlon, junior Michaela Pewarski, senior Katherine Williams and sophomore coxswain Rachel Rauh make up the Radcliffe varsity four.
Virginia and California won their respective varsity eight semifinals, while Stanford, Brown, Princeton and Yale also qualified for the grand final in that event. Cal, Stanford, Virginia and Yale placed boats in each of the three grand finals.
Southern California 6:20.69
Michigan State 6:24.44
Ohio State 6:29.45
Second Varsity Eight
Ohio State 6:40.45
Southern California 6:47.88
Michigan State 6:33.30
Ohio State 7:19.95
Southern California 7:26.53