1 rowing advances all three boats to NCAA Championship semifinals A/B

SARASOTA, FL – The No. 1 rower swept three heat races on day one of the 2022 NCAA Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park on Friday morning, advancing all boats to Saturday’s A/B semifinals.

It was the second straight year that Texas had won all three NCAA Championship Heat races and the fifth straight championship in which all three Longhorns boats finished in the top two Heat positions.

“We had a really good first day and everyone did what they had to do. There’s always some uncertainty ahead of this weekend so it was great to have a good first day,” said said the Texas head coach. Dave O’Neill. “Managing the effort over these three days is really important, and everyone was happy with how things went.”

Texas’ First Eight opened the national regatta with a victory in the morning’s first Division I race to set the tone early for the Longhorns. Washington set the pace early in the round, taking a slim one-second lead at the 500-yard mark of the 2,000-yard race, which UT cut to about a quarter-second at 1,000 yards. Texas took the lead just past the midpoint and pulled away in the final half of the race, winning by just under a length with a time of 6:08.328, with Washington taking second in 6: 11.256 to ensure further automatic qualification for the A/B semi-finals.

In the second eight, Texas was in control throughout, building an early lead in the first 500 yards and extending the lead throughout, winning in open water with a time of 6:18.360, followed by SMU in 6: 23.043 and Michigan in 6: 23.924.

The Texas Four closed out the morning in dominant fashion, winning with a time of 6:56.663 and controlling the race from the start. Texas recorded the fastest split times each over every 500 yards of the race to win by more than seven seconds ahead of Yale (7:04.101).

“Tomorrow is definitely a big day, and we expect some good racing,” O’Neill said. “There are fast boats here so we will be ready for what lies ahead.”

The NCAA Championships resume on Saturday, May 28, with the start of the first eight A/B Semifinals at 7:36 p.m. CT (8:36 a.m. ET), followed by the second eight races at 8:24 a.m. CT (9:24 a.m. ET). ET) and the Fours at 9:12 a.m. CT (10:12 a.m. ET).

I Eight – Round 1 Results

1.TEXAS – 6:08.328
2. Washington – 6:11.256
3. Pennsylvania – 6:21.694
4. Rutgers – 6:25.949
5. USC-6:29.563

II Eight – Round 1 Results

1.TEXAS – 6:18.360
2. EMS – 6:23.043
3. Michigan – 6:23.924
4. USC-6:38.613
5. Oregon State – 6:39.955

Fours – Round 1 Results

1.TEXAS – 6:56.663
2. Yale – 7:04.101
3. USC-7:07.381
4. Syracuse – 7:22.790
5. Virginia – 7:30.407


First eight: Rachel Rane (helmsman), Kaitlin Knifton (stroke) Francesca Raggi, Aspa Christodoulidis, Etta Charpentier, Anna Jensen, Susanna Temming, Sophie Calabrese, Lisa Gutfleisch (bow)

Second Eight: Olivia Fogarty (helmsman), Hannah Medcalf (stroke), Amber Harwood, Grace Holland, Kathia Nitch, Parker Illingworth, Marielle Corbett, Cassandra Korvink-Kucinski, Caitlin Esse (bow)

Four : Carly Legenzowski (helmsman), Jane McGee (stroke), Nadja Yaroschuk, Katelyn Bouthillette, Marlowe Eldridge (bow)

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