May 27, 2012
Site: West Windsor, N.J. (Mercer Lake)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3)
U-M Results: Team, 2nd; First Varsity Eight -- Grand Final, 2nd (6:22.09); Second Varsity Eight -- Grand Final, 1st (6:37.04)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team earned a runner-up finish and rowed to a 2V8 national championship on Sunday (May 27) in the final day of the 2012 NCAA Championships on Mercer Lake. It marks the second time in school history that Michigan earned a 2V8 national title and ties the highest overall team finish for the Wolverines (2001).
The varsity four was the first event of the day for the Wolverines and the boat finished in sixth place in the petite final and 12th place overall, earning five points in the standings for the team. Ohio State won the V4 title in the grand final and picked up 16 points.
After more than an hour rain delay, racing resumed and Michigan's 2V8 boat was next up. Needing a win to keep the Wolverines realistically within striking distance for the team title, U-M's second varsity crew did what they have done all weekend and blew the field away from start to finish to close the season unbeaten. Michigan took an early lead in the 2V grand final and held strong for a near two-second victory over second-place Ohio State. The win put Michigan within five points of the championship heading into the 1V8 grand final. This marked the second boat national title for the Wolverines, as the 2V crew won a championship in 2001 as well.
Michigan entered the 1V8 event needing a win and a third-or-worse finish by Cal to clinch the first team title in program history. The Wolverines jumped to a lead early in the race, but Virginia showed the speed they have shown all weekend and rowed to an impressive boat-length victory to clinch the national title for the Cavaliers. Michigan finished the 1V race in second place and helped U-M earn a runner-up finish in the overall team competition. It marks the second time in program history that the Wolverines have finished in second place overall (2001).
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Virginia 87 2. MICHIGAN 82 3. Cal 78 4. Princeton 77 5. Ohio State 67 6. USC 66 7. Washington 62 8. UCLA 62 9. Stanford 40 10. Yale 38 11. Wisconsin 34 12. Harvard 32 13. Cornell 31 14. Brown 25 15. Notre Dame 20 16. Michigan State 15
First Varsity Eight
Grand Final Virginia 6:18.72 MICHIGAN 6:22.09 USC 6:25.06 Princeton 6:25.90 Cal 6:27.19 Washington 6:29.11 Petite Final UCLA 6:28.49 Stanford 6:29.86 Harvard 6:29.89 Ohio State 6:32.69 Cornell 6:33.86 Yale 6:39.75 Third Final Wisconsin 6:34.67 Michigan State 6:36.10 Brown 6:38.32 Notre Dame 6:40.33
Second Varsity Eight
Grand Final MICHIGAN 6:37.04 Ohio State 6:38.94 Cal 6:40.85 Princeton 6:42.61 Virginia 6:44.97 UCLA 7:10.40 Petite Final USC 6:42.97 Washington 6:43.26 Brown 6:45.41 Wisconsin 6:45.81 Stanford 6:46.64 Yale 6:47.58 Third Final Notre Dame 6:47.00 Cornell 6:48.90 Michigan State 6:49.00 Harvard 6:49.20
Grand Final Ohio State 7:13.09 Virginia 7:15.18 Cal 7:21.15 Yale 7:23.53 Princeton 7:26.23 Washington 7:29.20 Petite Final UCLA 7:23.89 Notre Dame 7:25.35 Wisconsin 7:25.57 Cornell 7:26.48 Harvard 7:27.26 MICHIGAN 7:33.75 Third Final USC 7:32.59 Brown 7:33.35 Michigan State 7:33.95 Stanford 7:35.33
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423