Women’s Rowing Earns Trio of Fourth Place Finishes in C/D Semifinals
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – One day after shaking off the initial nerves of being an extremely young team with 17 underclassmen at the NCAA Championships, the Navy women’s crew team came out on Saturday and turned in three solid results across the ranks of first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four. Racing on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., the Mids finished in fourth place in each of the three C/D Semifinal events on Saturday morning.
The C/D Semifinals allowed the top-three boats in each of the five-boat races to qualify for Sunday’s C Final, while the others will advance in D Final action.
“We performed much better across the board today,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “We weren’t as nervous and raced much closer to our abilities.”
The first varsity eight hit the 2,000-meter course first on Saturday. Looking to finish in the top-three, Navy was in the mix for the final qualifying position throughout the race. After breaking in fourth place over the first 500, the Mids clocked in at the halfway point with a time of 3:15.564, a little over 3.5 seconds behind third-place Northeastern (3:11.904). Navy picked up its pace significantly down the stretch as it closed and finished just 2.42 seconds behind Northeastern at 6:27.010 to 6:29.430. The Mids outclassed the fifth-place UMass Minutewomen (6:35.666) by over six seconds.
“We put together a stronger first 500 and used that momentum to be right there, just on the sterns of the lead pack,” said Schlosberg. “We were in position to make a charge for that third qualifying spot behind Washington State, Syracuse and Northeastern. We just ran out of time and water. We really closed the gap on all those teams that we saw earlier this year.”
The second varsity eight crew was next up and opened with a competitive first 1,000-meters as the Mids (3:23.620) were 3.07 seconds behind second-place Central Florida (3:20.55) and 1.48 seconds off the pace of third-place Notre Dame (3:22.140). Over the second half of the race the first three boats in the heat got some separation before Navy completed the course with a time of 6:53.689. Notre Dame finished third at 6:46.922, while Jacksonville was fifth at 7:19.892.
“We went after it today and came off the line striking high,” said Schlosberg. “We tried to hang onto those lead boats, trying to lock onto Notre Dame, but we just weren’t in the best gear to allow us to keep up.”
In the final action of the session for Navy, the varsity four race, the Mids broke in fourth place and stayed in the spot for the entirety of the course. Navy’s V4 had a 1,000-meter split of 3:45.880 and a final time of 7:35.446. The boat was surrounded by Northeastern (7:25.672) in third place and Jacksonville (8:09.569) in fifth.
“The four got themselves into a good position early in the race, but Indiana, Notre Dame and Northeastern were just a little more savvy and moved out on us together,” said Schlosberg.
Navy will conclude its action at the national championship on Sunday morning with all three of its boats racing in D Finals where they will battle for positions 19 through 22 overall. The first race, the V4 D Final is slated for an 8:12 a.m. start with the 2V8 and V8 finals starting at 8:36 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., respectively.
First Varsity 8
C/D Semifinal 1
Washington State – 6:22.720
Syracuse – 6:24.926
Northeastern – 6:27.010
Navy – 6:29.430
UMass – 6:35.666
Second Varsity 8
C/D Semifinal 1
Indiana – 6:39.289
Central Florida – 6:44.356
Notre Dame – 6:46.922
Navy – 6:53.689
Jacksonville – 7:19.892
First Varsity 4
C/D Semifinal 2
Indiana – 7:23.906
Notre Dame – 7:24.576
Northeastern – 7:25.672
Navy – 7:35.446
Jacksonville – 8:09.569
V4 – D Final – 8:12 AM (UMass, Central Florida, Jacksonville, Navy)
2V8 – D Final – 8:36 AM (Jacksonville, Gonzaga, UMass, Navy)
V8 – D Final – 9:00 AM (UMass, Gonzaga, Jacksonville, Navy)