The Huskies’ second varsity eight and varsity four won their respective heats, given them a direct route into Saturday’s top-level semifinals. The varsity eight finished third in its heat Friday morning, but comfortably won an afternoon repechage to book its place in an A/B semi.

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Washington women’s rowing saw all three boats advance to A/B semifinals Friday at the 2016 NCAA rowing championships on Lake Natoma.

The Huskies’ second varsity eight and varsity four won their respective heats, giving them a direct route into Saturday’s top-level semifinals. The varsity eight finished third in its heat Friday morning, but comfortably won an afternoon repechage to book its place in an A/B semi.

In those semifinal races Saturday morning, the top three (of six) boats in each of two semifinal races in each category will advance to the grand final on Sunday.

The bottom three would move on to the petite final (places 7-16).

“The varsity didn’t have a great first race today,” said UW interim head coach Conor Bullis, “but that’s OK. We expect the best performance on the last day. They did a really great job in the rep and showed a little more speed and came together.

“The 2V and the four did a great job,” Bullis continued. “They still have things to develop and work on, but they’re in a great place.”

On Saturday morning, the varsity eight will race against Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Texas and USC in a semifinal race that starts at 8:48 a.m.

At 9:36 a.m., the second varsity eight takes on California, Princeton, Stanford, Yale and Washington State.

The varsity four will race at either 10:12 a.m. or 10:24 a.m.