INDIANAPOLIS - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) rowing team placed fifth at the NCAA Division II Championships, wrapping up competition on Sunday. Central Oklahoma won the national championship for the second straight year.
The eight won the Petite Final, defeating UC San Diego (6:46.048) with a time of 6:42.130. The eight finished fifth overall in the event.
The Tritons got out to a narrow lead in the first 500 meters. The Rams then took advantage of a mistake by UC San Diego, as a Triton rower momentariliy lost her oar, bringing the boat to a near dead-stop. Jefferson surged ahead and kept an aggressive pace for the remainder of the race. The Rams pulled ahead by a full length and kept UC San Diego behind them through the finish line.
The four took second in the Petite Final, crossing in 7:51.998, and placing sixth overall. UC San Diego won the race in 7:40.841.
The Rams dropped behind in the first 500 meters but were within three seconds of the Tritons. Jefferson was just a second back of UC San Diego in the second 500 but the Tritons increased their margin to seven seconds through the 1500-meter mark and held off the Rams for the victory.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Central Oklahoma - 30
2. Florida Tech - 23
3. Western Washington - 22
4. Seattle Pacific - 15
5. Jefferson - 8
6. UC San Diego - 7
Here is the entire video blog that the Rams posted during the week of the championships: