INDIANAPOLIS - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) rowing team opened competition at the NCAA Division II Championships on Friday.
The eight finished third in its heat with a time of 7:00.416. Central Oklahoma, the defending team national champion, advanced directly to Sunday's Grand Final, placing first in 6:42.700. Seattle Pacific placed second with a time of 6:53.980.
Central Oklahoma jumped out to a two-second lead through the first 500 meters, while Seattle Pacific and Jefferson were nearly even. The three teams began to separate by the 1000-meter mark. Central Oklahoma continued to increase its advantage over the last 1000 while Seattle Pacific created some space ahead of Jefferson.
The Rams will compete in the repechage on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against UC San Diego, Seattle Pacific and Florida Tech.
The four came in third in its heat, clocking in at 7:57.095. Central Oklahoma was first (7:29.590) to earn a Grand Final spot and Western Washington followed in second (7:34.601).
The Rams fell behind in the first 500 meters but recovered to pull into second by the 1000-meter mark. Central Oklahoma dominated from start-to-finish. They held a 13-second lead at 1000 meters. Western Washington had a strong push in the third 500, pulling ahead of Jefferson for second. The Rams could not close the gap down the stretch and crossed the line third.
Jefferson will row in Saturday's repechage at 11:10 a.m. versus UC San Diego, Western Washington and Seattle Pacific.
Eights Heat 1
1. Central Oklahoma - 6:42.700
2. Seattle Pacific - 6:53.980
3. Jefferson - 7:00.416
Eights Heat 2
1. Western Washington - 6:38.454
2. Florida Tech - 6:40.461
3. UC San Diego - 6:40.802
Fours Heat 1
1. Central Oklahoma - 7:29.590
2. Western Washington - 7:34.601
3. Jefferson - 7:57.095
Fours Heat 2
1. Florida Tech - 7:39.629
2. Seattle Pacific - 7:41.920
3. UC San Diego - 7:45.929