GOLD RIVER, Calif. – All three NESCAC boats competing in the first varsity eights at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship earned spots in Saturday's grand final at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.
Williams, the 2016 NESCAC Champion, performed well during the morning preliminary rounds, as the first varsity eight turned in the day's fastest time (6:41.729) to claim a berth in Saturday's grand final. Wesleyan also earned a spot in the grand final after finishing second behind the Ephs with a performance of 6:46.552.
Bates, the defending NCAA Champion, also qualified for the grand final during its morning race. The Bobcats finished second in their heat with a time of 6:46.549 behind Wellesley, which turned in a time of 6:42.998.
In the second varsity eight heats, Bates won its preliminary race this morning and earned a spot in the second grand final on Saturday in the process. The Bobcats posted a time of 6:46.991, while Williams finished second with a time of 6:54.749. The Ephs placed first in the afternoon repechage on Friday to qualify for the second grand final, putting together a time of 7:38.590.
Saturday's first varsity eight grand final will consist of Bates, Wesleyan, Williams, Ithaca, Pacific Lutheran and Wellesley. The second grand final will feature the Bobcats, the Ephs, Pacific Lutheran and Wellesley.
The team national championship will be determined by points based on finish in both grand finals. In the first varsity eight, the winning team will claim the individual boat title and 30 points. Remaining places will receive 27, 24, 21, 18 and 15 points.
In the second varsity eight grand final, the top performing squad gets 12 points. Remaining places will come away with 10, eight, six, four and two points.