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Lane Assignments Drawn for NCAA Rowing Championships
Release: 05/24/2000
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May 24, 2000

Cherry Hill, NJ - The Washington women's rowing team received its heat and lane assignments for the fourth NCAA Championships, set for May 26-28 on the Cooper River in Camden County. The Huskies, a No. 1 seed out of the west region, are aiming for a third NCAA team title after winning back-to-back championships in 1997 and `98.

Here is a look at Washington's lane assignments for heats beginning Friday, May 26. All times are eastern standard:

I Eights (lanes 0-6, left to right)
9:20 a.m. Heat 1 - Michigan, Wesleyan, Harvard*, Virginia*, Michigan State, Boston U.
9:40 a.m. Heat 2 - William Smith, Northeastern, WASHINGTON*, Princeton, Ohio State, Southern California 10:00 a.m. Heat 3 - Oregon State, UC-Davis, Brown*, California, Yale, Williams
(Top two finishers in each heat advance to semi-finals Saturday. All remaining crews progress to repechage heats Friday).

II Varsity
8:40 a.m. Heat 1 - Michigan State, Michigan, Brown*, WASHINGTON*, Harvard
9:00 a.m. Heat 2 - Boston U., California, Princeton*, Virginia*, Ohio State
(Top two finishers in each heat advance directly to finals Sunday. All remaining crews progress to repechage heats Saturday.)

Varsity Fours
8:00 a.m. Heat 1 - Michigan State, Ohio State, WASHINGTON*, Princeton, Michigan
8:20 a.m. Heat 2 - Boston U., Harvard, Virginia*, Brown*, California
(Top two finishers in each heat advance directly to finals Sunday. All remaining crews progress to repechage heats Saturday.)

*Seeded crews
Repechage heats=second chance

About the Championships: 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. Among crews earning NCAA team bids, the Huskies have already faced California, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia.

About the Huskies: Washington's 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. The JV loss in San Diego was to Virginia. After entering the season at No. 3 in the USRowing Coaches Poll, the varsity eight was the top ranked team in the nation since the first week of competition April 1-2, until last week.

Washington at the NCAA Championships: The Huskies captured the first two team titles, in 1997 and '98, when the sport first became sanctioned by the NCAA. The '97 crown was Washington's first NCAA team title in any sport. Last year, Washington finished third in the team standings, behind Brown and Virginia.

Defending Champs: Washington's varsity four enters the regatta as defending NCAA champions, having won a gold medal in the grand final on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. last year. The boat was made up entirely of novice rowers as it captured Washington's first title in that event since pre-NCAA days in 1987. It will be the same again this year, as the '00 novice women, who are undefeated, compete for the title.

Huskies Win ... Drop in Polls: On the heels of a convincing victory at the Pac-10 Championships May 14, the Husky varsity eight dropped a notch to No. 2 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches Poll for May 17. Brown, the preseason top pick, moved back to the No. 1 slot. Following the San Diego Crew Classic April 2, the Huskies took over the No. 1 spot, where they remained until last week. The varsity eight has not lost a race this season.

Complete Schedule of Events
(varsity eights are referred to as I Eights and junior varsity eights are II Eights ... repechage means `second chance' ... alll times are Eastern Standard)

Friday, May 26
8:00 a.m. Fours heat 1
8:20 a.m. Fours heat 2
8:40 a.m. II Eights heat 1
9:00 a.m. II Eights heat 2
9:20 a.m. I Eights heat 1 (6 lanes)
9:40 a.m. I Eights heat 2 (6 lanes)
10:00 a.m. I Eights heat 3 (7 lanes)
4:00 p.m. I Eights Repechage 1 (6 lanes)
4:20 p.m. I Eights Repechage 2 (7 lanes)

Saturday, May 27
10:00 a.m. Fours Repechage
10:20 a.m. II Eights Repechage
10:40 a.m. I Eights (places 13-19)
11:00 a.m. I Eights Semi-final 1
11:20 a.m. I Eights Semi-final 2

Sunday, May 28 (Petite Finals, 7-10 and Grande Finals 1-6)
10:00 a.m. Fours (seeds 7-12)
10:20 a.m. Fours (seeds 1-6)
10:40 a.m. II Eights (seeds 7-10)
11:00 a.m. II Eights (seeds 1-6)
11:20 a.m. I Eights (seeds 7-12)
11:40 a.m. I Eights (seeds 1-6)
12:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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