Watch the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships here. The Grand Final, which will feature two Williams boats, is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM.

Congratulations to the women’s crew team for an excellent showing – Williams is the only school to send two teams to the DIII Grand Final this year – a recap from the Williams Athletics site:crew

The Eph Varsity 1 boat cruised to a Heat 1 victory this morning to advance directly to the Grand Final tomorrow morning. The Eph margin of victory was 17.90 seconds as they crossed the finish line in 7:04.30, beating second place Smith (7:22.20).

NESCAC showed its rowing excellence as Bates 1V won the second heat (7:06.09) and Trinity 1 beat Ithaca 1V with a time of 6:58.10 in advancing to the Grand Final.

The Eph 2V came in third in Heat 3 in a time of 7:10.40 to earn a spot in the Grand Qualifier at 2:45 PM today. Joining the Eph 2V boat in the Grand Qualifier will be Smith 1V, St. Lawrence 1V, Puget Sound 1V, Trinity 2V and Ithaca 1V. The top three finishers in the Grand Qualifier advance to the Grand Final and the boats finishing 4th through 6th will enter the Petitie Qualifier.

Of the six boats entering the Grand Qualifier the Eph 2V posted the second fastest time in the morning with only Ithaca 1V finishing with a faster time (7:02.70).

In the afternoon Grand Qualifier, the 2V won in a time of 6:46.27, over a full second ahead of runner-up Ithaca, which was winning after the first 500 meters.

Scoring for the NCAA Rowing championships is baed on the finish of both boats and it is most advantageous to place two boats in the Grand Final and the Eph 2V boat will be aiming to make the Grand Final with a top three finish this afternoon.

Saturday’s schedule features the Third Final for teams that finished 13-16 on Friday at 11:00 AM. The Petite Final comprised of boats finishing 7-12 on Friday will start at 11:15. The Grand Final featuring the top six boats from Friday will go off at 11:30.

The Division III Awards Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM.

Go Ephs!

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