GW Women's Rowing Sends Two Boats to Grand Finals at SIRA Championships
Varsity 8 and JV8 to Row For Gold in Sunday's Finals
April 20, 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The George Washington women's rowing team advanced two boats to the Grand Finals of the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Saturday on Lake Mellon.
GW's Varsity 8 and JV8 will each row in its respective Grand Finals tomorrow while the Colonials' Varsity 4 will compete in the B Final.
The Varsity 8 dominated the field in its morning heat, navigating the 2,000-meter course on Lake Mellon in 7:09.25, nearly 20 seconds ahead of second-place Oklahoma City (7:28.30). Florida Tech came in third place in 7:34.95, followed by Tulane (8:01.52), Miami of Ohio (8:13.74) and Colorado (8:19.58).
The Varsity 8 then clinched a spot in Sunday's Grand Final with another first-place performance in the semifinals. The Colonials edged out Nova Southeastern at the finish line by three seconds, finishing in 6:45.80.
The JV8 did not appear in a morning heat, but clinched a spot in the Grand Finals with a second-place showing in the semifinals, finishing in 7:18.10. Kansas State won the semifinal race in 7:09.00, ahead of GW, Jacksonville (7:44.29) and Purdue 7:54.10.
The Varsity 4 finished in second place during the morning heat, finishing behind VCU. The Rams won the heat in 8:06.60, ahead of GW (8:16.80), Charleston (8:30.46), Miami of Ohio (8:33.21), Washington University (8:36.09) and UT-Chattanooga (9:00.11).
Needing to finish in the top three to advance to the Grand Final, the Colonials finished just outside in fourth place in the V4 semifinals. Central Oklahoma (8:02.90), Nova Southeastern (8:10.70) and Stetson (8:17.00) earned the bids to the Grand Finals while GW (8:19.60), Tampa (8:22.90) and Jacksonville (8:58.80) will row in the B Final.
Sunday's schedule is available here.