Big Ten Sends Two Boats to Sunday's Grand Finals at NCAA Championships

Wisconsin's varsity four will compete in Sunday's grand final after a third-place finish in their semifinal heat on Saturday.

May 29, 2010

Saturday’s second day of racing at the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., saw two conference teams advance boats to Sunday’s grand final, while eight will compete in the petite finals on the last day of competition.

Michigan’s second varsity eight, with a third-place finish in its semifinal heat on Saturday, advanced to Sunday’s grand final after finishing in a time of 6:34.40. The Wolverines other two boats, its first varsity eight and varsity four, qualified for the petite finals in their respective events on Sunday.

Wisconsin advanced its varsity four boat to Sunday’s grand final, finishing third in its semifinal heat on Saturday. The Badger boat, which finished second at the 2009 NCAA Championships, turned in a time of 7:13.96. Meanwhile, its first and second varsity eight boats will take part in Sunday’s petite finals.

Michigan State advanced all three of its boats to the petite finals on Sunday. In their respective semifinal heats, The Spartans finished fourth in the first varsity eight, fifth in the second varsity eight and fifth in the varsity four.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight recorded a sixth-place finish in their semifinal heat and will race in Sunday’s petite final, while its first varsity eight and varsity four will compete in Sunday’s third-level final.

The final day of the NCAA Rowing Championships will begin at 9 a.m. PT, and complete results from the three-day competition can be found here.