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After Wait, Bulldogs Start Strong At NCAA Championships

Donna Knight photo
Donna Knight photo

All Three Crews Advance To Semifinals

The wait proved well worth it for the Yale women's crew. Overnight storms delayed the start of the NCAA Championships by nearly eight hours, but it didn't bother the Bulldogs. All three crews advanced to Saturday's A/B semifinals on the opening day of the NCAA Championship at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.

Because of the delayed start, the repechages were cancelled, meaning a top three finish in the heat was enough to earn a spot in the semis.

The varsity eight was first to race and finished a strong third with a time of 6:18.074. Top-seeded California used a late push to win the heat in 6:08.673, edging Ohio State (6:09.045).

Duke (6:22.905) and Indiana (6:23.849) move on to the C/D semifinals.

The second varsity eight used a similar formula to advance, placing a solid third with a time of 6:30.210. Michigan was first in 6:24.640 followed by Ohio State (6:28.934).

Rutgers (6:32.583) and Northeastern (6:51.703) are relegated to the C/D semifinal.

The varsity four had Yale's top finish of the day. The Bulldogs were second, posting a time of 7:12.385. Stanford cruised to victory in 7:01.024. Duke earned the final semifinal spot, finishing more than seven seconds faster than Central Florida (7:22.920). Navy was fifth in 7:29.022.

The semifinals kick off at 8:12 a.m. on Saturday. Yale's varsity eight races at 8:48 a.m. against Rutgers, Ohio State, Stanford, Princeton and Washington.

The second varsity eight is next at 9:24 a.m. against Indiana, Ohio State, California, Washington and Texas.

The varsity four caps the day at 10:24 a.m. The Bulldogs face Rutgers, Ohio State, Stanford, Princeton and Washington.

The top three finishers from the semifinals advance to Sunday's grand final.


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                               

Bow – Victoire Lienau (Sr., Paris, France)
2 – Claire Dirks (So., Toronto, Ontario)
3 – Ella von der Schulenburg (Jr., Zurich, Switzerland)
4 – Jenna van de Grift (So., San Diego, Calif.)   
5 – Arwen Neski (Sr., Ashley Falls, Mass.)
6 – Anna Matthes (Fy., Belmont, Mass.)
7 – Margaret Hedeman (Fy., Concord, Mass.)
Stroke - Daisy Mazzio-Manson (Jr., Wellesley, Mass.)
Cox – Aparajita Chauhan (So., Seattle, Wash.)

Second Varsity Eight:

Bow – Katie Gleason (Jr., Sudbury, Mass.)
2 – Alexia Rojas (Jr., Tampa, Fla.)
3 – Lane Unsworth (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
4 – Claire Grundig (Jr., San Carlos, Calif.)
5 – Phoebe Campbell (Fy., North Molton, Great Britain)
6 – Margaret Saunders (Jr., Arlington, Va.)
7 – Lucy Edmunds (Fy., North Yorkshire, Great Britain)
Stroke – Katie King-Smith (So., Oxford, United Kingdom)
Cox – Hannah Malzahn (Sr., Edmond, Okla.)

Varsity Four:

Bow – Margaux Paradis (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2 – Riley Eversole (So., Oakland, Calif.)
3 – Sera Bulbul (Sr., Geneva, Switzerland)
Stroke – Anna Scott (Fy., Denver, Colo.)
Cox – Alin Pasa (Fy., Westport, Conn.)


Grace Galloway (So., Sydney, Australia)
Hannah Johns (Fy., Longmeadow, Mass.)     

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity