May 30, 2009
Wisconsin’s varsity four surged into the NCAA Grand Final after clocking the fastest time of the morning in the fours to win the second semifinal race at the NCAA Championships regatta at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. The Badgers clocked a 7:15.35 over 2000 meters to become the fourth boat in Wisconsin history to advance to a Grand Final race at the national regatta.
Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin crews were not as fortunate, falling just shy of advancing to Sunday’s Grand Final races after recording fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the semifinals on Saturday. The top three boats in each semifinal heat advanced to the Grand Final while the remaining finishers will row in the Petite Final beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Michigan’s first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boats will compete in their respective petite finals on Sunday. The No. 5-ranked first varsity eight took fourth in the semifinal, missing out on a spot in the grand final by one position. The second varsity eight and varsity four each placed fifth in their semifinals.
Michigan State posted a pair of fifth-place finishes in the semifinals. The Spartans’ first and second varsity boats will return to the water in Sunday’s petite finals.
The Ohio State first varsity eight was a sixth-place finisher in its semifinal heat, while the second varsity eight and first varsity four finished in fourth.
Live results and web streaming of the races are available at http://villanovarowing.com/ncaa/.
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