WEST WINDSOR, N.J.--(5/25/12)--The Coast Guard Women's Varsity 8 suffered a heartbreaker finishing third in a three-way photo finish, as the three boats were seperated by 19 hundreths of a second, during the repechage at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships at Lake Mercer.
Coast Guard placed third in its heat in the morning with a time of 7:13.46. Williams won the heat (6:55.89), the best time of both heats while Wellesley was second in the Bears heat with a time of 7:03.92. The top two boats in the heat advanced straight to Saturday's Grand Final, so the Bears had to race in the repechage on Friday afternoon.
In the repechage, the top two boats would advance to the Grand Final. Marietta led for most of the race before both Coast Guard and Trinity, who battled back and forth for second place throughout, made a move in the final 150 meters. Trinity won with a time of 7:02.01 edging Marietta (7:02.10) and Coast Guard (7:02.20).
The Bears will race in the Petite Final on Saturday, bringing to a close a remarkable season as the team earned a berth in the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008.
The varsity eight consists of six seniors; coxswain Julianna Harvin, Sarah Jane Otey, Holly Madden, Tiffany Zehnle, Erin Nolan and Kelli Normoyle along with juniors Jess Ward and Catherine Schmitz and freshman Brynna Cooke.
June 5, 2012 Otey Named Academic All-American
June 1, 2012 Otey Selected as NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
June 1, 2012 Bears Place 8 on Scholar Athlete team
May 26, 2012 Bears Win Petite Final at NCAA Championship
May 25, 2012 Bears Drop Three-Way Photo Finish
May 24, 2012 Otey Wins Elite 89 Award at NCAA's
May 24, 2012 Bears Team With Special Olympics at NCAA's
May 24, 2012 Bears Prepare for NCAA Championship
May 14, 2012 Bears Varsity 8 Heading Back to NCAA's
May 5, 2012 Bears V8 Place 5th at N.E. Championships
April 26, 2012 Bears Place 7 On NEWMAC All-Academic team
April 25, 2012 Meuse Named NEWMAC Coach of the Year
April 21, 2012 Bears Place 2nd at NEWMAC Championship
April 15, 2012 #4 Bears Beat Conn. by 42 Seconds
April 14, 2012 Bears V8 Cruises to Win at Lowell
April 7, 2012 Bears V8 Splits With Trinity
March 31, 2012 Bears V8 Wins Opener
March 23, 2012 Bears Ranked 6th in National Preseason Poll