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Boston University Fairs Well in First Day of NCAA Women's Rowing Championship

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/31/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Battling rainy conditions, the reigning CAA champion Boston University women's rowing team concluded day one of the NCAA Championships at Eagle Creek Park with victories over boats from the Atlantic 10, Patriot League and West Coast Conference.

One of 22 programs on site, the Terriers had three boats compete in two races apiece on Friday and will be on the water again Saturday for the C/D semifinals.

Appearing at the NCAAs for the first time since earning an at-large bid in 2006, the varsity eight boat needed a top-two finish in its morning heat to avoid the afternoon's repechage but faced an uphill battle with a race featuring four nationally-ranked squads. Coxed by junior Sarah Specht and stroked by senior Caroline Kimberly, the boat was behind by the midway point and conserved its energy for the repechage.

Again, the Terriers needed a top-two result to advance to the A/B semifinal, but No. 14 Michigan and No. 11 Brown pulled ahead quickly. Fighting for better lane position for the C/D semifinals, BU defeated A-10 champion Rhode Island by 10 seconds and the Patriot League champion Navy by 14 seconds with a time of 7:25.155. 

Coxed by sophomore Eline Vermeulen and stroked by freshman Emily Lerhe, the second varsity eight boat defeated Gonzaga by 0.021 seconds and Navy by 18 seconds for fifth place in its repechage race.

Coxed by freshman Rachel Cohn and stroked by freshman Liv Wihtol, the varsity four boat placed seventh in its repechage, 1.2 seconds behind Gonzaga. In their morning heat, the Terriers defeated MAAC champion Marist's boat by 28 seconds.

Saturday's C/D semifinals will begin with the varsity eight boat at 9:00 a.m.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE (top three to C final, rest to D final)

09:00 a.m. - Varsity Eight (Boston U., Cornell, Gonzaga, Navy, Notre Dame)
09:30 a.m. - Second Varsity Eight (Boston U., Michigan, Navy, Rhode Island, Washington St.) 
09:50 a.m. - Varsity Four (Boston U., Cornell, Harvard, Rhode Island, UCLA)

AFTERNOON RESULTS (1-2 to A/B semifinals, 3+ to C/D semis)

Varsity Eight Repechage II
1) #14 Michigan - 7:09.964
2) #11 Brown - 7:13.132
3) #15 Washington St. - 7:16.692
4) #16 Cornell - 7:21.364
5) Boston U. - 7:25.155
Cox - Sarah Specht, Stroke - Caroline Kimberly, 7 - Gabby Cutler, 6 - Lynn Ratte, 5 - Kerry Kennedy, 4 - Alex Gustafson, 3 - Kelly Jackson,, 2 - Mackenzie Wiler, Bow - Caitlin Trillo
6) Rhode Island - 7:35.573
7) Navy - 7:39.934

Second Varsity Eight Repechage II
1) UCLA - 7:20.741
2) Stanford - 7:25.449
3) Michigan - 7:31.747
4) Oklahoma - 7:35.057
5) Boston U. - 7:47.205
Cox - Eline Vermeulen, Stroke - Emily Lerhe, 7 - Claire Richer, 6 - Emma Ransom, 5 - Marisa Borchardt, 4 - Cydney Marks-Nicholes,  3 - Cailey Palmer-Rehorst, 2 - Katrina Lyter, Bow - Westanna Carleton
6) Gonzaga - 7:47.226
7) Navy - 8:05.059

Varsity Four Repechage I
1) Stanford - 8:07.691
2) Michigan - 8:10.992
3) Oklahoma - 8:13.730
4) Harvard - 8:19.355
5) Cornell - 8:30.571
6) Gonzaga - 8:36.257
7) Boston U. - 8:37.416
Cox - Rachel Cohn, Stroke - Liv Wihtol, 3 - Caroline Demko, 2 - Jo MacCune, 1 - Dominique Baker

MORNING HEAT RESULTS (1-2 to A/B semifinals, 3+ to repechage)

Varsity Eight Heat II
1) #7 Princeton - 6:56.995
2) #6 UCLA - 7:02.589
3) #11 Brown - 7:08.172
4) #10 Stanford - 7:08.522
5) Boston U. - 7:28.703

Second Varsity Eight Heat II
1) California - 6:56.789
2) Harvard - 7:03.367
3) Michigan - 7:08.616
4) Wisconsin - 7:10.244
5) Boston U. - 7:33.086

Varsity Four Heat III
1) Virginia - 8:02.087
2) Yale - 8:06.888
3) Brown - 8:15.683
4) Harvard - 8:27.285
5) Boston U. - 8:38.853
6) Marist - 9:06.036

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