Day 2: Williams wins team title
Day 2: Williams wins team titleMay 27, 2006
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Williams took home its second national team title as racing continued on Day Two of the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Womens Rowing Championships May 27 at the Finn Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ.
By placing its two Eights among the top finishers in the Grand Final, the Ephs easily captured the 2006 Division III team crown. Ithaca won the Eights Grand Final for the schools second-ever individual boat championship.
Racing conditions were ideal, with calm waters and a very light breeze. Early sunshine later gave way to overcast skies as the days racing ended.
The final day of racing will commence at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 28, as national championships will be decided for Divisions I and II. For more information about the Championships, please visit ncaasports.com (live results) or http://www.princetonregatta.org/ncaa.html (directions, tickets).
The NCAA Rowing Championships are being co-hosted by the Princeton National Rowing Association and Rutgers University.
Williams earned its second team title (2004, 2006) in school history, placing its two boats among the top finishers in the Division III Eights Grand Final. Ithaca won its second individual Eights crown in three years (2004, 2006) as racing was completed for Division III.
The Grand Final field was tight at the start, and Williams built a slight lead, followed closely by Smith and Ithaca. The Ephs pulled out to a three-seat lead 700 meters into the course as Williams and Ithaca pulled away from the rest of the field. At the 1,000-meter mark, Williams II made a big push, moving into third place as the field began to stretch out.
As each team stroked down the final 50 meters, Williams and Ithacas bows traded the lead the several times, but the Bombers were able to cross the line first in a time of 6:46.373, edging Williams by .351 second (6:46.724).
Williams II easily finished third (6:48.977), followed by Trinity (6:51.871), Tufts (6:53.303) and Smith (6:54.094).
Lewis & Clark moved into the lead 600 meters into the Petite Final and never looked back, winning with a time of 6:55.958. Colby (6:57.951) placed second, followed by Puget Sound (6:58.241), Smith II (7:00.715), Trinity II (7:03.459) and Ithaca II (7:10.929).
Williams 21 points easily earned the Ephs the team title. Ithaca (15), Trinity (13), Smith (12), Tufts (10) and Puget Sound (seven) rounded out the Division II team standings.