Duke Finishes Day One at NCAA Rowing Championships

SARASOTA, Fla. , The Duke Second Varsity Eight finished third in its repechage heat to highlight the first day of action at the NCAA Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla.

The Blue Devils’ Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four boats each competed in two races, beginning with a morning set of opening heats at Nathan Benderson Park. After taking part in their respective repechage events in the afternoon, the three Duke boats are slated for the C/D semifinals on Saturday beginning with the V8 at 8:24 am The 2V8 is set to follow at 9:12 am before the V4 closes out day two for the Blue Devils at 10 am

The Duke Varsity Eight opened the morning with a time of 6:31.550, good for fourth in its heat. Coxed by freshman Anya Hasija, the crew held pace within five seconds of second-place California at the 1,000-meter mark, but the Golden Bears and Michigan each pulled away over the final stretch. The Blue Devils finished just behind USC in its afternoon repechage, crossing the finish line less than two seconds short (6:25.095 to 6:27.043).

The V8 will line up against Jacksonville, Rhode Island, USC and Rutgers on Saturday.

The 2V8 battled to a fourth-place showing of its own in the morning heat. Duke was in front of Boston University by just over four seconds at the halfway point of the course before widening the gap to nearly 14 seconds over the Terriers at the finish line. In the repechage at 4:48 pm, the Blue Devils registered an impressive time of 6:35.512, outracing USC, Boston University, Gonzaga and Jacksonville. In five races at Nathan Benderson Park this season, which include the Big Ten Invite April 15-16, the Duke 2V8 has posted three times under 6:40.000.

Duke faces Jacksonville, Northeastern, Syracuse and Boston University in Saturday’s 2V8 C/D semifinals.

Duke earned fourth place once again in the opening V4 heat, where the Blue Devils crossed the line with a time of 7:16.332. The crew wrapped up Duke’s Friday races with a repechage time of 7:20.826, good for fifth. Both of the V4 times clocked on Friday were faster than the boat’s three finishes at the Big Ten Invite.

The Blue Devils’ V4 will take on Jacksonville, SMU, Penn and Northeastern on Saturday.

Saturday’s semifinal races will be streamed live on ncaa.com, with coverage beginning at 8:10 am Live results are available immediately following each race at regattatiming.com.

V8+ Opening Heat
1. Princeton – 6:09.912
2. California – 6:12.460
3. Michigan – 6:18.070
4. Duke – 6:31.550
5. Gonzaga – 6:39.122

V8+ Repechage
1. Penn – 6:17.591
2. Virginia – 6:19.007
3. Oregon State – 6:19.815
4. USC – 6:25.095
5. Duke – 6:27.043
6. Northeastern – 6:35.831
7. Jacksonville – 6:48.715

2V8+ Opening Heat
1. Washington – 6:14.647
2. Virginia – 6:19.109
3. Penn – 6:19.212
4. Duke – 6:35.165
5. Boston University – 6:49.485
6. Northeastern – 6:55.000

2V8+ Repechage
1. Ohio State – 6:23.552
2. Brown – 6:26.058
3. Duke – 6:35.512
4. USC – 6:42.248
5. Boston University – 6:49.620
6. Gonzaga – 6:53.514
7. Jacksonville – 7:00.864

V4+ Opening Heat
1. Washington – 6:52.822
2. Ohio State – 6:59.180
3. SMU – 7:03.570
4. Duke – 7:16.332
5. Gonzaga – 7:24.106
6. Rhode Island – 7:39.494

V4+ Repechage
1. Virginia – 7:05.680
2. USC – 7:11.352
3. Oregon State – 7:12.626
4. Penn – 7:15.540
5. Duke – 7:20.826
6. Rhode Island – 7:35.714
7. Jacksonville – 7:45.684

V8 – Anya Hasija (Coxswain), Lauren Sizemore (Stroke), Amelia Shunk, Sydney Johnson, Ella Harris, Megan Lee, Kathryn Nash, Allison Carr, Gabriella Salvati (Bow)

2V8 – Ithika Senthilnathan (Coxswain), Brenna Morley (Stroke), Caeley Tierney, Grace Butero, Erin Heyeck, Lily Abbott, Olivia Hunt, Emilie Lijesen, Mollie Nicol (Bow)

V4 – Audrey Kline (Coxswain), Rivca Chaver (Stroke), Sydney Cikovic, Meera Chakrabarti, Stella Haley (Bow)


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