UCLA's Second Varsity Eight Advances to Grand Final at NCAA Championships

May 26, 2012

West Windsor, N.J. - UCLA's second varsity eight crew finished in third place in their semifinal heat and earned a spot in tomorrow's Grand Final race at the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, N.J.

The second varsity eight posted a time of 6:35.06 to earn a third place finish after they finished in second place in Friday's preliminary heat. This is the first time in program history that the Bruins have sent a boat to a Grand Final race at the NCAA Championships. UCLA finished behind Michigan and Ohio State in the second semifinal heat, with the Wolverines clocking in at 6:29.71 and the Buckeyes finishing in 6:33.28. The Bruins bested fourth place Yale, who posted a time of 6:36.16, and Pac-12 foes Stanford (6:37.99) and Washington (6:41.46).

UCLA's varsity eight boat finished fourth in their semifinal heat and will compete in the Petite Final tomorrow morning. The Bruins finished the race with a time of 6:20.80. Michigan won the semifinal heat by finishing with a time of 6:15.20. Princeton took home second place after clocking in at 6:17.40 while Washington earned third place with a time of 6:18.30. UCLA finished ahead of Ohio State, who posted a time of 6:22.30, and Yale, who came in with a time of 6:26.80.

The Bruins' varsity four boat also finished in fourth place in their semifinal heat after finishing the race in 7:14.45. Like the varsity eight, they will compete in the Petite Final tomorrow. Ohio State won the semifinal heat with a time of 7:05.52. Virginia earned second place after posting a time of 7:10.70 while Princeton came in third with a time of 7:12.43. The Bruins bested Wisconsin and Cornell in the semifinal race, with Badgers posting a mark of 7:17.43 and the Big Red finishing with a time of 7:25.09.

As mentioned above, the second varsity eight will compete in Sunday's Grand Final (places 1-6) race at 8:15 am PT against Ohio State, California, Michigan, Princeton and Virginia. The varsity eight and varsity four will each compete in Sunday's Petite Final (places 7-12). The varsity eight will race at 8:45 am PT against Ohio State, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford and Yale while the varsity four will race at 7:05 am PT against Notre Dame, Cornell, Harvard, Wisconsin and Michigan. Fans at home can watch a live webcast of the events here and can find results of the races here.

Fans can also get updates live via twitter @LakeMercerRow.

To view photos from Day 1 of the NCAA Championship, click here.

Saturday's Semifinals Results

Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. Michigan - 6:15.20
2. Princeton - 6:17.40
3. Washington - 6:18.30
4. UCLA - 6:20.80
5. Ohio State - 6:22.30
6. Yale - 6:26.80

Second Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. Michigan - 6:29.71
2. Ohio State - 6:33.28
3. UCLA - 6:35.06
4. Yale - 6:36.16
5. Stanford - 6:37.99
6. Washington - 6:41.46

Varsity Four - Heat 2
1. Ohio State - 7:05.52
2. Virginia - 7:10.70
3. Princeton - 7:12.43
4. UCLA - 7:14.45
5. Wisconsin - 7:17.43
6. Cornell - 7:25.09

UCLA's Rowing Lineups (NCAA Championships)

Varsity 8+: (Stroke) Natalie Pettee, (7) Britta Syverson, (6) Kat Lauer, (5) Mariko Snyder, (4) Erin Wenzel, (3) Nicole Sung-Jereczek, (2) Anastasia Alexander, (1) Kirstin Snook, (Coxswain) Mia Hamano

Second Varsity 8+: (Stroke) Carolina Paini, (7) Alexa Farafontoff, (6) Allison Doran, (5) Hillary Caldwell, (4) Alex Caniglia, (3) Cathy Stolitzka, (2) Jessica McGuire, (1) Deanna Wong, (Coxswain) Ariel Handler

Varsity 4+: (Stroke) Alexis McPhee, (3) Tamar Schaap, (2) Victoria Babson, (1) Erica Lockard, (Coxswain) Chloe Kojima

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Pac-12 Challenge
Redwood Shores, CA
No Team Scoring
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Diego Crew ...
San Diego, CA
No Team Scoring
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Clemson Invitational
Clemson, SC
No Team Scoring
Saturday, Apr 30
at USC
San Pedro, CA
Sunday, May 15
vs. Pac-12 Rowing ...
Gold River, CA