GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's rowing team qualified two more boats for their respective grand finals as the Gaels put forward another strong showing Saturday at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma.
Saint Mary's put just two boats in the water on Saturday, with each hoping to join the second Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 in Sunday's finals.
That's exactly what the Gaels did, with a pair of second-place finishes pushing each boat through to Sunday.
In the Novice 4 race, Saint Mary's stopped the clock in 8 minutes, 2.5 seconds. That put the Gaels just behind Western Washington, ahead of Humboldt State and securely in the grand final.
The Varsity 8 boat followed, crossing the line in 6:59.8. Stanford's lightweights finished first in 6:51.5, and Seattle crossed in 7:06.3.
Saint Mary's will have four boats in action Sunday, beginning with the Varsity 4. The Novice 4, Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 8 boats will also race.
SMC at WIRA Championships
N4: Western Washington 7:59.2, Saint Mary's 8:02.5, Humboldt State 8:25.9, Long Beach State 8:40.6, UC Santa Barbara 8:50.6, UC Davis 8:52.7
V8: Stanford 6:51.5, Saint Mary's 6:59.8, Seattle 7:06.3, San Diego State 7:13.3