INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After a seven-hour delay due to debris on the course, the No. 12 Duke rowing team completed day one of the NCAA Championships Friday afternoon at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, sending the V8 and 2V8 boats to the C/D semifinal and the V4 boat to the A/B semifinal.
In the first Division I heat of the afternoon, Duke raced side by side against Indiana, Yale, California and Ohio State in the Varsity 8. The Blue Devils placed fourth with a time of 6:22.905, and qualified for the C/D semifinal.
In the third heat of the 2V8, Duke jumped out to an early third place lead, trailing Stanford and Texas. With 500 meters to go, Wisconsin and the Blue Devils were neck and neck. In the last 100 meters, the Badgers pulled away, edging Duke by just over a second (Wisconsin/6:32.664, Duke/6:33.850). The 2V8 earned a spot in the C/D semifinal.
In the final heat of the day for Duke, the V4 boat started fourth in a heat of five teams. The Blue Devils were able to pull ahead of UCF for third place after 1000 meters, and kept their distance from the Knights to finish in third with a time of 7:15.157, qualifying for an A/B semifinal. The A/B semifinal for the V4 boat is the first A/B semi for any boat in school history at the NCAA Championships.
Day two racing begins tomorrow at 8:12 a.m., as the V8 boat competes in heat one of the C/D semifinal.
Day Two Schedule
V8: C/D semifinal one 8:12 a.m.
2V8: C/D semifinal two 9:12 a.m.
V4: A/B semifinal TBA (either 10:12 a.m. or 10:24 a.m.
Day One Results
V8 (Heat 1): 1. California (6:08.673), 2. Ohio State (6:09.045), 3. Yale (6:18.074), 4. Duke (6:22.905), 5. Indiana (6:23.849)
2V8 (Heat 3): 1. Stanford (6:20.693), 2. Texas (6:21.829), 3. Wisconsin (6:32.664), 4. Duke (6:33.850), 5. Iowa (6:41.614)
V4 (Heat 2): 1. Stanford (7:01.024), 2. Yale (7:12.385), 3. Duke (7:15.157), 4. UCF (7:22.920, 5. Navy (7:29.022)