INDIANAPOLIS - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) rowing team raced its eight and four in the repechage of the NCAA Division II Championships on Saturday.
The eight took fourth in the rep with a time of 7:24.997. The boat will compete in the Petite Final on Sunday at 9:48 a.m. Florida Tech (7:08.177) and Seattle Pacific (7:10.318) advanced to the Grand Final while UC San Diego (7:10.886) will face the Rams in the Petite Final.
It was a tight race early with all four boats less than three seconds apart at the 500-meter mark. Jefferson struggled in the second 500 and fell 15 seconds behind the leader. The Rams were within seven seconds of a spot in the Grand Final with 500 meters to go but could not close the gap.
The four came in fourth in the repechage with a time of 8:32.514. The Rams will row in the Petite Final on Sunday at 9:24 a.m. against UC San Diego, who was third (8:22.988). Western Washington (8:15.263) and Seattle Pacific (8:16.663) earned spots in the Grand Final.
Jefferson was fourth after the opening 500 but made strides by the 1000-meter mark, sitting in third and just two seconds out of second place. The Rams fell back over the third 500 and could not catch up down the stretch.
1. Florida Tech - 7:08.177
2. Seattle Pacific - 7:10.318
3. UC San Diego - 7:10.886
4. Jefferson - 7:24.997
1. Western Washington - 8:15.263
2. Seattle Pacific - 8:16.663
3. UC San Diego - 8:22.988
4. Jefferson - 8:32.514