The Western Washington University varsity four dominated its qualifying heat Friday, winning by over a minute in advancing to Sunday's grand final at the 13th annual NCAA Division II National Women's Rowing Championships being held at the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Eagle Creek Park.
The Vikings' varsity eight placed second and now must finish among the top two in a repechage heat Saturday morning to reach the grand final. It posted the second fastest time of the two eight qualifying heats.
WWU's four, which has not lost to a Division II school this season, glided over the 2,000-meter course in 7:54.6. Mercyhurst PA was clocked in 8:57.6.
In the second eight qualifying heat, Humboldt State edged the Vikings by one-half boat length with Central Oklahoma a distant third. The Lumberjacks' winning time was 6:53.6 and WWU was clocked in 6:55.7. Those were the fastest two times of the two heats.
In Saturday's eight repechage heat will be WWU, Barry, Mercyhurst and Central Oklahoma.
On Sunday, participants receive 12 points for the first-place eight, nine for second, six for third and three for fourth. The victorious four gets eight points, with six points awarded for second, four for third and two for fourth.
WWU entered this weekend's competition ranked No.3 nationally in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing DII Poll behind No.1 Nova Southeastern and No.2 Humboldt State.