The Virginia rowing team advanced all three boats to the semifinals on the first day of the NCAA Championships Friday.
The UVa Varsity Eight started its heat strong and went on to finish second to Stanford by less than a second, 6:20.991-6:21.577. The Cavaliers finished ahead of third-place Notre Dame (6:29.737), Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight led its heat nearly the entire race, winning in a time of 6:32.021 over second-place UCLA (6:34.768).
In the Varsity Four, the Cavaliers placed second in 7:13.488. Only California, who won the heat in 7:07.874, had a quicker time across the four heats.
“The first goal of today was to qualify all three boats to the semifinals and all three of our boats got the job done,” UVa assistant coach Joshua Gautreau said. “We had some unforeseen distractions before racing this morning and sometimes you have to get the jitters out. We did that and are confident going into tomorrow’s semifinals."
The action continues Saturday with the semifinals beginning at 8:30 a.m. Virginia’s first race will be the Varsity Eight’s semifinal at 8:50 a.m. The top three from each semifinal advances to the grand finals on Sunday.