Washington finishes sixth in the varsity eight final, third in the second varsity eight and fourth in the varsity fours of the NCAA championships in Gold River, Calif. The Huskies finished fourth in the team standings behind champion Ohio State, second-place California and third-place Brown.

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. — Young and still seeking a return to their prominence of yesteryear, Washington women’s crew finished third, fourth and sixth Sunday morning in the windy and further streamlined final day of the NCAA rowing championships.

In a revised schedule that produced the team championship in slightly more than one hour of racing, the Huskies finished fourth among the 22 Division I schools competing in the three-day regatta at Lake Natoma.

Ohio State won its third straight team title with 126 points, followed by California (114), Brown (112). Washington was fourth with 110 points.

Washington, which joined Ohio State as the only two schools advancing three boats into grand finals, finished sixth in the varsity eights final, fourth in varsity fours and third in the second varsity eights. The Huskies had only three seniors combined on the three boats.

Although it was discussed earlier in the week, crews were notified Saturday that Sunday’s final schedule had been amended. The varsity eights grand final, traditionally the concluding race, was moved to the sixth of 15 races because of predicted late-morning crosswinds, and it was completed at 9:07 a.m.

The Huskies, racing in Lane 5, rowed into third place early in the varsity eights final. But the expected dominance of Ohio State and California soon materialized. The Buckeyes prevailed in 6:18.144 with California second in 6:18.608. Washington faded and finished in 6:28.528.

“We went out as hard as we could and we had a little bit of trouble hitting our stride,” said Washington sophomore coxswain Marlow Mizer. “But we fought hard and I believe it was the hardest we could have gone today.

“It gave us a building block.”

In the second varsity eights, Brown led the entire race, winning in 6:25.990. Ohio State was second in 6:27.110, with the Huskies, rowing in Lane 3, third in 6:32.050.

In the second race of the morning, Washington’s varsity fours were never in contention in a tight race that had the top three boats all within a half-second of one another. Virginia won in 7:12.760, following by Yale (7:12.920), Brown (7:13.070) and Washington (7:21.730).

Washington’s varsity eights finished fourth last year and the team placed seventh. The Huskies won the last of their three national team titles in 2001.

“Mission accomplished,” said Bob Ernst, who completed his eighth season as the women’s head coach and 41st year at Washington. “Our goal was to get our three boats into the final and to get back to the awards podium.

“It wasn’t too windy and it was tough being out there in Lane 5. It would have been much easier in Lane 1 or 2. But we got where we are and I just couldn’t be happier.”

Washington State claimed the petite fours final by nearly four seconds over California in 7:24.361. The Cougars finished third (6:20.013) in the petite eights and sixth (6:39.720) in the second varsity eights.

NCAA rowing team standings
Ohio State and Washington were the only schools to advance three boats to Sunday’s finals, but the Buckeyes came away with their third straight team title:
Team Points
Ohio State 126
California 114
Brown 112
Washington 110