May 18, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington women's rowing program took its first step towards a three-peat when it earned an invitation to the third annual NCAA Rowing Championships, May 28-30 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Huskies have captured both team titles since the sport became sanctioned by the NCAA in 1997. The 97 crown was Washingtons first NCAA team title in any sport.
The NCAA championships are comprised of 10 teams, with each team required to field a varsity eight, second varsity eight (jayvee) and varsity four. In addition, nine eight-woman boats from schools not represented in the team competition are selected. Along with Washington, the following nine institutions earned team invitations: Boston U., Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Princeton, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The championship course on Lake Natoma will be familiar territory for the Huskies, who just returned from the Pac-10 Championships held there May 16. They won the varsity, junior varsity and novice eights as well as the varsity four grand final, completing a sweep of the competition for the sixth time in Pac-10 history. Lake Natoma was also the site of the inaugral NCAA Championship in 1997.
The Washington men's program travels to Camden, New Jersey for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships, May 27-29 on the Cooper River. The Huskies will send varsity, junior varsity and freshmen eights to the national championships. After winning all three national titles in 1997, the Huskies placed second in the 1998 varsity and frosh grand finals and fifth in the junior varsity race.