WORCESTER, Mass. – The Columbia women’s rowing team began its postseason with a fourth-place finish in the varsity eight at the EAWRC Sprints Sunday. Three of the four crews qualified for the grand finals and the varsity four C boat claimed first place in the only race in that event.

The varsity eight posted the second fastest qualifying time in the opening heat, pulling in three seconds behind Dartmouth in the preliminary round. However, Columbia was denied a spot on the podium after Harvard-Radcliffe, Dartmouth and Rutgers edged out the Lions.

Columbia posted a second-place finish behind the Crimson to gain a spot in the grand final in the prelims. In the final, the Lions posted a time of 6:53.166, nine seconds off the pace of Harvard-Radcliffe and about five seconds off of third place Northeastern.

In the varsity four A, Columbia pulled in behind the Crimson and Drexel in heat one, but responded with a 7:40.104 time in the petite final to earn a victory to close the day. The varsity four B placed third in the prelims to clinch a grand final berth. The Lions came in fourth, four seconds off of Harvard-Radcliffe’s pace for third.

The varsity four C marked the second win in as many years for Columbia. The Lions’ clocked in at 8:13.094, which was 27 second faster than runner-up Connecticut.

Next up for Columbia is the Ivy League Championships on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey on Sunday, May 13.