WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Princeton and Yale lead the Ivy League contigent after the first day of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships, each sending all three of their boats to Saturday's semifinals.
All five Ivy teams have boats competing on the second day of rowing on Lake Mercer with Cornell and Harvard (Radcliffe) each sending their varsity eight and four and Brown advancing its second varsity eight to the semifinals.
Princeton advanced all three of its boats after Friday's morning heats with a third-place finish in its varsity eight heat and second-place finishes in its second varsity eight and varsity four heats. Yale had its second varsity eight and varsity four move on to the semifinals after the morning session as did Harvard's varsity eight and varsity four, each with third-place finishes.
After a last-place finish in its first varsity eight morning heat, Yale had to battle in the afternoon repechage to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Bulldogs edged Michigan State by three-one-hundreths of a second for third place and a chance to move on to the Sunday's grand final.
Cornell's varsity eight and varsity four boats also needed redemption in the repechage to move to the semifinals. The Big Red's varsity eight placed second in the afternoon after coming in fifth earlier in the day. Cornell's varsity four rebounded from a fourth-place showing in the morning with a third-place result in the seven-boat rep to earn a spot in the semis.
Defending NCAA Champion Brown only advanced its second varsity eight to semifinals following a solid third-place finish in its morning heat. The Bears hoped for semifinal spots for their varsity eight and varsity four boats in repechange but both fell short as the varsity eight finished fifth and the varsity four placed fourth.
The Division I semifinals open Saturday's racing with the varsity eight heats at 9 and 9:15 a.m., second varsity heats at 9:30 and 9:45 and varsity four heats at 10 and 10:15.