UPDATE: Florida Tech’s Varsity Eight Takes Second Place In Division II National Championships
By Florida Tech // June 2, 2019
Eights Grand Final began around 10 a.m
Central Oklahoma also claims the eights grand final at the #D2ROW Championships at 6:33.01!
— NCAA Division II (@NCAADII) June 2, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It was another beautiful day for racing in Indy as Florida Tech’s varsity eight (V8) looked to secure a spot in the National Championship – Eights Grand Final.
The women achieved their goal as they found themselves in familiar waters as the head of the class in the Division II – Eights repechage.
The boat of Graysen Pensch (bow), Liza Lutter, Irina Djurovic, Anna Kayser Gallego, Theresa Gadilhe, Svetlana Ristin, Federica Pala, Natalia Arasa Bonavila (stroke) and Taylor Stoni (coxswain) got off to a slow start but they fought back and took the lead around the 500-meter mark. They would never concede their lead as they slowly began to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The Panthers crossed the line in 7:08.177 which was over two seconds faster than second-place Seattle Pacific (7:10.318).
Florida Tech’s V8 will now join University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Western Washington (WWU) and Seattle Pacific (SPU) in the most important race of the season as the four boats fight to be crowned the fastest V8 in all of Division II.
The V4 will also be looking for the highest distinction in their discipline as they will face off against UCO, WWU and SPU.
The Crimson and Gray’s first race Sunday, June 2, will be the Division II – Fours Grand Final which begins at 9:36 a.m. ET and the Division II – Eights Grand Final will follow at 10 a.m.
For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech women’s rowing team, visit FloridaTechSports.com.
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