Rowing Cruises into WIRA Grand Finals

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- The Willamette University rowing teams qualified five boats for Sunday's Grand Finals action at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on Saturday, May 1 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to those five boats, four Bearcat shells completed action on Saturday.

The women's lightweight 8+ finished in second place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:50.5. The Bearcats finished behind NCAA Division I opponent Stanford University, as the Cardinal earned a time of 7:04.2.

Stanford is ranked #2 in the nation in the WL8+ and Willamette is ranked #15.

Also for Willamette, the women's novice 8+ took first place in the Third Final. WU crossed the line with a time of 8:12.1. The University of California Irvine finished in second place, just over six seconds behind Willamette at 8:18.8.

The WU men's varsity 4+ finished in fourth place in the Petite Final with a time of 7:48.9. The University of California Santa Barbara took first in the event.

The Bearcats grabbed a third place finish in the Petite Final of the men's novice 4+. WU crossed the line with a time of 7:47.9 in the Petite Final. Santa Clara University won the race in 7:35.0.

Willamette will have six boats competing on Sunday (May 2). The women's varsity 4+ will start the action for the Bearcats at 8 a.m. (PDT) in the Grand Finals.

The men's pair, women's lightweight 4+ and the women's varsity 8+ all finished in second place in their respective heats on Saturday and will compete in the Grand Finals.

Also competing for the Bearcats will be the the women's junior varsity 8+, rowing in its Grand Final and the men's varsity 8+ in the Third Final.

FIRST DAY RESULTS

WIRA Championships
Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif.
May 1, 2010

SECOND DAY SCHEDULE
WIRA Championships
Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif.
May 2, 2010
Willamette has six boats set to compete on Sunday during the final day of the 2010 WIRA Championships.

Willamette has six boats set to compete on Sunday during the final day of the 2010 WIRA Championships.