May 16, 2000
SEATTLE - The No. 1-ranked Washington women's rowing program earned an official invitation to the NCAA Championships, May 26-28 at Cooper River Park in Camden, NJ, the NCAA announced today. Washington received an automatic bid as the top seed from the West Region.
The Huskies, who are coming off a four-event sweep at the Pac-10 Championships last weekend, will aim for a third NCAA Championship when they travel to New Jersey. The Huskies captured the first two team titles, in 1997 and '98, when the sport became sanctioned by the NCAA. The '97 crown was Washington's first NCAA team title in any sport.
The NCAA Championships are comprised of 10 teams and each team is required to field a varsity eight, second varsity (junior varsity) and a varsity four. In addition, nine eight-woman boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected. Along with Washington, the following nine schools earned team invitations: defending champion Brown, Boston U., California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton and Virginia.
"It's interesting being on the selection committee," said Husky head coach Jan Harville, who participated in the Tuesday morning process. "You realize how many other good crews are out there. We are down to the last two weeks of the season and we need to take care of business."
The Washington women's crews have lost just one race this season - the JV grand final at San Diego - between the varsity, junior varsity, novice eights and fours. After entering the season at No. 3 in the USRowing Coaches Poll, the varsity eight has been the top ranked team in the nation since the first week of competition April 1-2. Among crews earning NCAA team bids, the Huskies have already faced California, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia. The JV loss in San Diego was to Virginia.
This year marks the first time the women's championships will be held on the Cooper River. Husky men's crews have competed at the site since 1995, for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships. The 2000 IRA is set for June 1-3.
Washington Rowing Calendar
Wednesday, May 17 Boat trailer departs Seattle for drive to NJ (Jan Harville driving)
Saturday, May 20 Women's team departs Seattle
Sun.-Wed., May 21-24 Training at Princeton (men's national team training center)
Wednesday, May 24 Move to Cherry Hill, NJ
Fri.-Sunday, May 26-28 NCAA Championships, Cooper River, Camden, NJ
Sunday, May 28 Women's team returns to Seattle
Saturday, May 27 Men's team departs Seattle to Princeton
Sun.-Wed., May 29-31 Training at Princeton (men's national team training center)
Wednesday, May 31 Move to Cherry Hill, NJ
Thurs.-Sat., June 1-3 IRA Championships, Cooper River, Camden, NJ
Saturday, June 3 Return to Seattle