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Women’s rowing: WSU, Gonzaga send Varsity 8 boats to C Final at nationals

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Gonzaga and Washington State’s women’s Varsity 8 boats won their C/D semifinals on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s C Final at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma.

The Bulldogs completed the course in 6 minutes, 29.09 seconds to hold off Yale (6:30.02) after trailing the Ivy Leaguers for the first 1,500 meters. Gonzaga surged in the final 500 meters to win.

WSU finished in 6:29.52 to hold off Duke (6:32.86) in its semifinal.

GU’s Second Varsity 8 placed second in its C/D semifinal to also advance to Sunday’s C Final. The Bulldogs (6:45.69) trailed only Indiana (6:40.92).

WSU’s Second Varsity 8 (6:42.78) placed sixth in its A/B semifinal and moved on to Sunday’s Petite Finals.

The Cougars’ Varsity 4 placed second in its C/D semifinal and moved on to Sunday’s C Final. WSU (7:24.75) trailed only Syracuse (7:20.89).

Gonzaga’s Varsity 4 placed fourth in its C/D semifinal and will compete in the D Final on Sunday.

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