May 31, 2014
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Eagle Creek Park)
Event: NCAA Championships (A/B Semifinals)
U-M Results: First Varsity Eight -- A/B Semifinal #2, 3rd (6:30.312) - advances to grand final
Next U-M Race: Sunday, June 1 -- at NCAA Championships - Finals (Indianapolis, Ind.), 8:30 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan rowing team advanced to the grand final in the varsity eight after a third-place finish in a thrilling A/B at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Saturday (May 31) held at Eagle Creek Park. Michigan's 2V8 and 1V4 crews both finished in fourth place in their A/B semifinals and will compete in petite finals on Sunday (May 31).
With four boats separated by less than half a second at the finish of the second 1V8 A/B semifinal, the Wolverines held off Princeton for third place, finishing in 6:30.312, just behind Brown (6:30.108) and Stanford (6:30.061). Michigan rallied from fourth place with the fastest split in the final 500 meters of the race and will compete for a national championship in the 1V8 for the first time since 2012.
The first varsity eight will row in the grand final tomorrow morning at 10:50 a.m. in lane 6 against Washington (lane 1), Brown (lane 2), Stanford (lane 3), Ohio State (lane 4) and California (lane 6). The six crews in the grand final were separated by just 3.705 seconds in the A/B semifinals.
Michigan's 2V8 crew finished in fourth place in the second A/B semifinal at 6:48.680, behind California (6:45.404), Stanford (6:44.395) and Virginia (6:43.702). The Wolverines edged Notre Dame and Southern California. In the 1V4 A/B semifinal, Michigan finished in 7:47.274, behind Southern California (7:43.491), Washington (7:38.059) and California (7:35.330).
Michigan's first varsity four will race in the petite final at 10 a.m. in lane three against Indiana (lane 1), Notre Dame (lane 2), Ohio State (lane 4), Wisconsin (lane 5) and Princeton (lane 6).
The Wolverines' second varsity eight will compete in the petite final at 10:20 a.m. in lane three against Washington State (lane 1), Notre Dame (lane 2), UCLA (lane 4), Washington (lane 5), Southern California (lane 6) and Harvard (lane 7).
MORNING A/B SEMIFINAL RESULTS
1V8 A/B Semifinal 2: Stanford (6:30.061), Brown (6:30.108), MICHIGAN (6:30.312), Princeton (6:30.544), Notre Dame (6:42.132), Harvard (6:43.648)
2V8 A/B Semifinal 2: Virginia (6:43.702), Stanford (6:44.395), California (6:45.404), MICHIGAN (6:48.680), Notre Dame (6:54.600), Southern California (7:07.466),
1V4 A/B Semifinal 2: California (7:34.330), Washington (7:38.059), Southern California (7:43.491), MICHIGAN (7:47.274), Wisconsin (7:51.000), Indiana (7:58.787)
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423