WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – It was a beautiful Saturday morning for the Washington women’s crew team on Mercer Lake as the No. 1 Huskies advanced all three boats to Sunday’s Grand Finals at the 2017 NCAA championships.
Washington’s varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four each won its semifinal race, advancing directly to the Grand Final races. All three UW boats recorded the fastest times of the semifinals.
California got off to an early lead in the first 250 meters of the varsity-eight semifinal, but by 500 meters the Huskies had taken the lead. Washington and Cal began to separate themselves over the next 1,000 meters, with UW still on top and Ohio State in third.