May 29, 1998
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Michigan State crews varsity 8 boat continues to live a dream after advancing to the semifinals in the NCAA Championship on Friday morning on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The Spartans finished third in Heat 2 with a time of 6:36.94, behind Massachusetts (6:27.70) and Michigan (6:27.99).
The top three teams in each of three heats qualified for the semifinals. The rest of the boats will race again Friday afternoon for another chance to advance, with 12 boats in all making it to the semifinals. The top six boats will advance to Sundays grand finals, with the remaining six competing in the petite final to determine places 7-12.
The six other boats that qualified on Friday morning were: Brown (Heat 1; 6:14.80), Northeastern (Heat 1; 6:18.90), Virginia (Heat 1; 6:21.50), Washington (Heat 3; 6:19.00), Dartmouth (Heat 3; 6:20.40) and Princeton (Heat 3; 6:22.10).
The Spartans - in their first year of varsity competition - earned one of eight at-large bids for the varsity 8 race. Michigan States varsity 8 boat is comprised of: junior Sarah Radvansky (coxswain; Oak Park, Ill.), junior Elizabeth Korth (Portage, Mich.), junior Diane Wierenga (Jenison, Mich.), senior Elizabeth Rockwood (Barrington, Ill.), sophomore Angela Lound (Holland, Mich.), junior Renee Olin (Northville, Mich.), sophomore Nicole Pefley (Grand Rapids, Mich.), junior Liz Schafer (Troy, Mich.) and junior Megan Jewett (Portage, Mich.).
Seven teams will be fighting for the remaining three semifinal spots on Friday evening: California, Harvard, Ithaca (N.Y.), George Washington, William Smith, Boston University and Georgetown.
The Spartans will race at either 1:00 p.m. or 1:20 p.m. on Saturday and, depending on their finish, will race at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in the grand final or 1:20 p.m. in the petite final.