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05-31-2013, 09:30 AM
Predicted bad weather has the start times moved up Friday.

The Moment Is Here; Zags Start NCAA Championship Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. –

ON TAP: The Gonzaga University women’s rowing team heads into unchartered water this weekend, participating in the schools inaugural NCAA Championship. The 2013 NCAA Championship will be held May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs – entering a Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boat, will begin racing Friday with their 8:10 a.m. Varsity 8+ heat.

THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: Gonzaga University women’s rowing is one of 22 institutions to earn a berth into the NCAA Championship, and one of 11 to earn an automatic berth. In addition to Gonzaga, Boston University (Colonial), Princeton (Ivy), Marist (MAAC), Navy (Patriot), Notre Dame (Big East), Ohio State (Big Ten), Oklahoma (Conference USA), Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), Virginia (ACC) and USC (Pac-12) all earned automatic qualifiers from their conferences. The 11 schools that earned at-large selections were Brown, California, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale. As a team, Gonzaga has raced three teams that are in the field; Navy, UCLA and Washington State.

LIVE STREAMING AVAILABLE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Video streaming of the NCAA Championship, as well as live results, will be available at NCAA.com.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: It was a historic day for Gonzaga University. The Bulldog women’s rowing team not only won their 13th West Coast Conference Championship May 18 but earned the conferences and schools inaugural automatic berth to the NCAA Championship with their four-point victory over the University of San Diego. The Zags win broke the Toreros three-year reign and gave GU their first crown since 2009. The championship title came down to the last race of the day, and the Gonzaga Varsity 8+ crew outlasted San Diego by 1.3 seconds to take back the Conference crown...

Gonzaga Article Link includes NCAA Championship schedule (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208005462)

NCAA Race Schedule Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2270585.pdf)

05-31-2013, 09:44 AM
After early morning results, it looks like the Gonzaga entrys in the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boats will all participate in the repechage events...

05-31-2013, 10:54 AM
NCAA Women's Rowing Championships - Friday Morning and Afternoon Results
Link (http://www.regattatiming.com/results/364/)

05-31-2013, 03:52 PM
First Day At NCAA Rowing Championship Successful For Zags

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With jitters of excitement and anxiousness, the Gonzaga University women’s rowing team continued its history making season Friday participating in the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championship; the Bulldogs inaugural appearance in school history. The day wasn’t smooth sailing for any team as the steady dose of rain and wind hampered the otherwise exciting day.

All three of the Zag boats – Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ - raced twice Friday at the Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., and head coach Glenn Putyrae was pleased with their opening day outcome.

“I think it was a good day of racing,” stated Putyrae. “I was really pleased for the rowers. To have them get on the water, race and get down to the finish line knowing they were part of this regatta. They weren’t outsiders, they weren’t the slowest people here and that is important for them as a young group continuing to grow. The most exciting part was in almost all the boats at some point today they realized that the things they do every day are competitive with some of the teams in this field.”

The Gonzaga Varsity 8+ started the day placing fifth out of sixth in its heat race and sixth out of seventh in its afternoon repechage. The Bulldogs posted a 2,000-meter time of 7:18.55 – five seconds behind fourth place finisher University of Wisconsin and 16 seconds ahead of University of Rhode Island in sixth. The University of Virginia and the University of Washington claimed first and second place with times of 6:49.64 and 6:56.88, respectively.

The Bulldogs had a rough start in their repechage race but recovered enough to earn sixth place with a finish of 7:39.98. Stanford University and Yale University took the top two spots in 7:05.09 and 7:05.36, respectively.

GU will now race in the C/D Semifinal Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT), with the top three advancing to the Upper Final Sunday.

In the Second Varsity 8+ heat, the Zags claimed fifth place with a time of 7:21.89, two seconds behind fourth place University of Oklahoma and 55 seconds ahead of sixth place Marist. USC was first in 6:56.30 and Princeton second in 6:58.55.

In their repechage, Gonzaga crossed the finish line in sixth place at 7:47.22. Boston University squeaked out fifth place over the Bulldogs in 7:47.20. UCLA and Stanford were the top two boats at 7:20.74 and 7:25.44.

The Bulldogs Second Varsity 8+ C/D Semifinal is set for Saturday at 9:10 a.m. ET (6:10 a.m. PT) with the top three advancing to the Upper Final, which is set for Sunday.

Gonzaga’s Varsity 4+ boat took sixth in its heat race but bounced back with a sixth place (out of seven) in its repechage and shaved nearly two minutes off its morning time. The Bulldogs had a time of 8:38.33 in their morning heat and crossed the finish line in 8:36.25 in their repechage.

Washington (8:01.71) and Notre Dame (8:07.37) finished first and second in the Varsity 4+ heat and Stanford (8:07.69) and Michigan (8:10.99) were the top two finishers in the repechage.

The Bulldogs will participate in the C/D Semifinal Saturday at 9:50 a.m. ET (6:50 PT) with the top three advancing to Sunday’s Upper Final.

Putyrae isn’t looking to change anything for tomorrow’s races but wants to continue to do the successful things his team has been doing all season.

“Tomorrow we need to make sure we go out and do what we know we are capable of doing,” explained Putyrae. “The afternoon was a lot rougher and I don’t think we responded well to the conditions. We have to control the things we can control and eliminate some of the mistakes that we made today. Ultimately we learned a lot over the course of the two races and are excited to keep this experience building and keep racing and improving as we progress in the championship.”

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208041660)

Friday Results Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2273885.pdf)

Saturday Heat Sheet Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2273985.pdf)

06-01-2013, 10:42 PM
The Bulldog Varsity 8+ placed fifth in their semifinal Saturday.

Weather Plays Havoc On Racing At NCAA Rowing Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The day was supposed to have seen the Gonzaga University women’s rowing team race three times but weather once again played havoc on the NCAA Rowing Championship.

Rain and wind made rowing conditions tough for all crews Saturday and by the time NCAA officials postponed racing, the Bulldogs had made it down the 2,000-meter course at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., twice but only one result became official.

The Varsity 8+ finished fifth in their C/D Semifinal and the Second Varsity 8+ looked to have placed second in its C/D Semifinal, but the race was ruled unofficial and will now be re-raced Sunday.

It was the Second Varsity 8+ race that ended up forcing the final three races of the morning to be called off and rescheduled for Sunday morning. The water, which was white capping and extremely choppy, ended up causing the University of Oklahoma to sink - and had to have a rescue launch come get the student-athletes. The University of Wisconsin also caught a crab and eventually had a tough time staying afloat.

Gonzaga, Cornell and Marist each were able to finish the race, with the Bulldogs placing second behind Cornell. Unfortunately it was decided the race was deemed unsafe for the student-athletes and the entire race will be re-run Sunday.

“We were really proud of how our boat performed,” stated Zag head coach Glenn Putyrae after the exhausting morning. “Of course we are disappointed that the race was called unofficial, but the decision is definitely the fairest for all the crews involved; we can’t dispute that. We are now looking at tomorrow’s race as another opportunity that we have worked really hard to have. We are going to make the best of that opportunity.”

The Bulldogs semifinal re-race is now set for 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. PT). They will then either race in the D Final at 10:20 a.m. ET (7:20 a.m. PT) or C Final at 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT).

In Gonzaga’s lone race of the morning – the Varsity 8+ C/D Semifinal – it too had to handle choppy water the best it could. The Bulldogs didn’t fare so well and closed out the course with a time of 7:53.225. Notre Dame, Cornell and Boston University captured the top three spots with times of 7:37.292, 7:43.743 and 7:47.418, respectively.

“I hate to say that the story of the regatta for us at this point is how we handled the conditions but that is the story,” explained Putyrae. “One of the things I told the crew afterwards is that everybody had to row in the same conditions and they handled the conditions better than we did.”

GU will now race in the D Semifinal Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT).

The Varsity 4+ was also set to take part in a semifinal Saturday but with the postponement did not get to race. The Bulldogs rescheduled semifinal is Sunday at 8:10 a.m. ET (5:10 a.m. PT), with C Finals set for 10:50 a.m. ET (7:50 a.m. PT) and D Finals set for 10:40 a.m. ET (7:40 a.m. PT).

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208032846)

Saturday Results Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2277485.pdf)

Sunday Schedule Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2277585.pdf)

06-02-2013, 02:36 PM
The Bulldogs finished the NCAA Championship 19th in the country.

Women's Rowing Finishes 19th At The NCAA Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Gonzaga University women’s rowing team closed out its inaugural NCAA Championship, held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., on an extremely high note Sunday. The Bulldogs ended the 2013 championship winning two D Finals and placing fourth in a C Final to capture 19th in the country.

As a team the Zags finished the regatta with 27 points. The Bulldog Varsity 8+ won their D Final to secure 12 points, the Second Varsity 8+ also won their D Final to grab eight more points and the Varsity 4+ added seven points with their fourth place finish in the C Final.

“Best thing about today was seeing our crews have the opportunity to compete at a high level,” explained Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae moments after the championship finished. “Along with that, our team grew up over the course of the weekend and that makes me excited about our future.”

Ohio State University won the National Championship – its first in school history – winning both the Grand Final of the Varsity 4+ and Second Varsity 8+ and placing third in the Varsity 8+ Grand Final for a two-point victory over the University of California.

The Varsity 8+ started the finals off for the Bulldogs and earned a commanding four-second victory over the US Naval Academy to finish 19th overall. Gonzaga closed out the 2,000-meter course in 6:47.816, followed by Navy in 6:51.816.

The Second Varsity 8+, who placed fourth in the re-do semifinal Sunday morning, also won its D Final in strong fashion. The Zags crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of the University of Rhode Island in 6:54.043. URI placed second at 6:59.203. The Second Varsity 8+, like the Varsity 8+, ended the weekend in 19th place overall.

“Both the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ did the best they could do today,” stated Putyrae. “The best result we could get was first in the D Final and they worked hard to accomplish that.”

The top moments for Gonzaga came in the Varsity 4+.

The Bulldogs opened the morning race with an exciting semifinal that saw them move up from fourth, to third and ultimately take second place with a time of 7:45.246. Their finish allowed them to move to the C Final.

The C Final – which was the final race of the regatta – was intense from start to finish for the Bulldogs. GU battled with Harvard University down the lake, each trying to secure third place. The Crimson was able to squeaked out third by less than a second with a finish of 7:29.661. Gonzaga crossed the finish line in 7:30.280. The Varsity 4+ ended the weekend taking 16th.

“I was thrilled with how the Varsity 4+ performed,” said Putyrae of the boat that boasts four first year rowers. “The members of the boat were put together after WIRA’s, so all they accomplished in such a short amount of time was impressive.”

Also impressive was the support the members of the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ gave the Zags final boat, cheering from the shore line.

“To see our student-athletes run down to the shore line and be the loudest group there, cheering the Varsity 4+ down the course was just awesome,” stated Putyrae.

That moment was the perfect ending to the Bulldogs first trip to the NCAA Championship.

“The final day of our first NCAA Championship came together better than I could have imagined,” were Putyrae final thoughts...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208058860)

NCAA Final Results Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2279585.pdf)