(RV) Zags Finish The Season Strong At The NCAA Championships
May 28, 2017
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The (RV) Gonzaga Bulldogs completed their 2017 NCAA Championships on Sunday morning with two D Finals and the varsity four rowing in C Final on Mercer Lake. The varsity eight and second varsity eight both won their finals, each taking 19th place overall, keeping a perfect record in D Finals races. The varsity four battled hard with a talented lineup and took sixth, finishing 18th overall, their best finish since 2015, leading to a 19th place overall team finish.
The morning was very foggy, but that cleared by the Zags’ first race, and the teams battled a small headwind with extremely calm waters.
The varsity four started the day and was neck-and-neck with a field featuring four top-16 nationally ranked teams. The Zags finished sixth at 7:40.988, less than one-fourth of a second behind Northeastern. No. 6 Brown won the race at 7:32.538, with No. 14 Indiana five seconds back and No. 15 Washington State one second off that pace. No. 16 Notre Dame was less than a second behind WSU and Northeastern was two seconds behind them. The Zags’ time was their second-fastest C Final time in program history.
Next up was the second varsity eight, taking a dominating lead from the start and leading wire-to-wire at 7:01.756, eight seconds better than Navy. UMass was five seconds behind Navy and Jacksonville was 15 seconds out of third. The Zags’ time was their second-fastest D Final time in school history.
GU’s top crew rounded out the championship for the Zags, letting the other boats jump out off the start but quickly taking control of the D Final. The Zags dominated the field to finish at 6:43.406, six seconds ahead of UMass. Navy was just one second behind UMass and Jacksonville came in 18 seconds later. GU’s time was their fastest time in a D Final in school history.
“It has been a long season and the athletes have worked extremely,” Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae said. “The speed it takes to win here has improved by 10 seconds in some events. If we want to improve nationally we have to improve more than we realized when we start the season.”
Washington swept all three Grand Final races for the first time in NCAA history and ran away with the team national championship as well.
The Zags showed throughout the weekend that they could compete in any race, no matter the competition. After a season of adversity, given the winter in Spokane, the Zags returned to the NCAA Championships for the third-straight year and fourth in five years, along with claiming their 16th West Coast Conference Championship. The Zags graduated seven seniors, including three All-WCC members of the varsity eight. Returning in 2017-2018 is WCC Coxswain of the Year Alexa Jadallah, WCC Newcomer of the Year Caroline Maguire, and All-WCC selection Isabelle Belzil to the varsity eight.
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