GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Williams captured its sixth consecutive Division III team title at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships Saturday at Lake Natoma.

Williams’ first varsity eight crew captured the grand final in a time of 6 minutes, 54.43 seconds, more than six seconds ahead of second-place Bates.  It marked Williams’ third-straight varsity eight title and secured the team championship for the Ephs. Williams captured the title with 19 points, followed by Bates (16), Wellesley (14), Ithaca (12), William Smith (9) and Trinity (8).

In the varsity eight races, Stanford came out of the second semifinal to post the fastest time of the day at 6:21.68 seconds, leading a trio of Pacific-10 Conference teams into Sunday’s grand final. In addition to the Cardinal, Southern California, which won the first semifinal in a time of 6:26.60, and California both advanced, as did a pair of Ivy League schools in Princeton and Brown, which both finished second in their races. Michigan State is the final boat advancing to the grand final as it finished third in the second semifinal.

The six boats moving on to Sunday’s petite final are Yale, Washington State, Washington, Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan.

In the second varsity eight races, Southern California used a late charge to edge Princeton for third place in the first semifinal, advancing the Trojans to Sunday’s grand final. Brown won the race in a time of 6:36.90, followed by Virginia and Southern California. The Trojans time of 6:42.04 was four-hundredths of a second ahead of Princeton. In the second semifinal, Stanford cruised to more than a four-second win over California in a time of 6:36.04. Ohio State was third in the race and also advanced to the grand final.

Seven teams advanced to the petite final led by Princeton, Washington, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Washington State, Yale and Michigan.

In the varsity fours California led a 1-2-3 finish by Pac-10 schools in the first semifinal as the Golden Bears crossed the line in 7:21.52, ,followed by Southern California and Washington. In the second semifinal, Virginia easily advanced, winning its race in a time of 7:31.22. Also moving to Sunday’s grand final were Wisconsin and Stanford. The six teams moving into the petite final are Princeton, Brown, Michigan, Ohio State, Washington State and Yale.

In the Division II repechage race, Humboldt State came across the line first in a time of 7:11.91, ahead of Nova Southeastern, Seattle Pacific and Barry. Humboldt State and Nova Southeastern advance to Sunday’s grand final, where they join Western Washington and Mercyhurst. The Division II eights petite final will feature Seattle Pacific and Barry. In the Division II fours, Humboldt State finished in front of Nova Southeastern to advance to the grand final where they will join Mercyhurst and Western Washington.

The 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships conclude Sunday at Lake Natoma. Racing begins at 9 a.m. with the final event, the varsity eight grand final, starting at 12:05 p.m.