May 18, 2010
SEATTLE - The No. 7 Washington women's crew team was one of 16 teams selected for the NCAA rowing championships, which will be held May 28-30 at Lake Natoma in California.
Coming off a bronze-medal performance at the Pac-10 Championships, the Huskies have two weeks to generate additional speed and momentum for the season-ending NCAAs, which will showcase the best crews throughout the nation. The NCAA field will feature each team's top two eights (varsity and second varsity), along with a varsity four.
Throughout the season, the Huskies have showcased their considerable depth against one of the toughest schedules a collegiate team can face. Washington traveled down to Stanford and Cal for dual races, and hosted Washington State. This is in addition to the Windermere Cup, where racing on the Montlake Cut featured Oxford and Syracuse.
This marks the second straight trip for Washington to the Lake Natoma course, which is widely considered one of the best in the country for rowing. At the Pac-10 Championships, the Huskies kicked off the regatta with a pair of wins in the novice eight and the varsity four before the second varsity represented with a strong performance, taking second in a stacked field. The varsity eight rebounded from a slow start to finish fifth, edging Washington State in the final 500 meters for finish in the top five.
Once again, the Pac-10 will showcase its strength at the NCAAs. The conference had six teams selected for the National Championships, including four that are ranked in the Top 10. Among that select group are Cal, the nation's No. 1 team, and Stanford, the defending champions.
Selection was based on the following criteria: eligibility and availability of athletes, head-to-head results, conference championship results, results versus teams selected, results versus common opponents, regional ranking, results versus regionally-ranked teams.
A webcast of the rowing championships will be available on www.ncaa.com.
The Huskies varsity eight will race in the first heat of the NCAA Championships against Cal, Michigan State, USC and Washington State.
With their selection, the Huskies have made the NCAA field every year since its inception in 1997. Last year in Cherry Hill, N.J., the Huskies finished seventh at the NCAAs.
2010 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
May 28-30, 2010 - Lake Natoma, Rancho Cordova, Calif.