Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Advance to NCAA Semifinals
A late surge put the Black and White varsity eight ahead of Yale and into the A/B semifinals (OAC).
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After rainstorms changed the NCAA Rowing Championships schedule Friday morning, the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew battled the rough conditions for a pair of second-place finishes. Each of the Black and White's varsity eight boats were runner-ups in heats to advance to tomorrow's semifinals.
The varsity eight advanced to the semifinals with a second-place finish in Heat 1. USC, the No. 1 ranked crew in the country, was first, as Radcliffe clipped Yale for the second spot.
Yale jumped out to a 1.5-second lead through the first 500 meters and held the lead across the midway point in the first heat. Yale, Radcliffe and USC were all within 1.1-seconds of each other at the 1,000-meter line, and easily ahead of Washington State and Oklahoma. After staying steady with the group to open the race, USC began its surge and emerged as the leader in the second half. The Black and White and Bulldogs battled for second, with Radcliffe overcoming Yale in the final 500 meters. Radcliffe crossed at 6:50.238, while USC won with a 6:48.943 showing. Yale ultimately fell to more than two seconds behind Radcliffe for third place.
USC's time was the quickest of the day, while Harvard's was the third fastest. Virginia had the second-best time of 6:49.640 in Heat 4.
Radcliffe's second varsity also came in second, behind Heat 2 winner Cal. The Black and White was within two seconds after 1,000 meters, but Cal pulled ahead in the second half of the race for the win by more than six seconds. Radcliffe finished in 7:03.367, more than five second faster than third-place Michigan, but off of Cal's 6:56.789 pace.
The Radcliffe varsity four came in fourth out of six in its Friday morning heat. The Black and White posted an 8:27.285, while Virginia (8:02.087), Yale (8:06.88) and Brown (8:15.683) crossed ahead of Radcliffe. The squad returned later in the afternoon in Heat 1 of the repchage and again placed fourth to move to tomorrow's C/D semifinal. The Black and White crossed the line in 8:19.355, behind Stanford (8:07.691), Michigan (8:10.992) and Oklahoma (8:13.730).
The varsity eight will be first to hit the water on day two of competition in the A/B semifinals. The Black and White will go off at 9:20 a.m. in lane two of Heat 2. The second varsity, also appearing in the A/B semifinals, will go off at 9:30 a.m. in lane two of Heat 1. The varsity four will round out the day in lane four in Heat 2 of the C/D semi's at 11:20 a.m. Please note, the start times on the heat sheet linked above have been altered due to forecasted weather in the area.