May 15, 2012
SEATTLE -The Huskies have the opportunity to race for the National Championship once again as the NCAAs make its return to the East Coast.
Coming off a strong performance at the Pac-12 Championships, the Washington women's rowing program was selected for their 16th straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 25-27 at West Mercer, N.J. UW will be gunning for their fourth NCAA National Championship in school history, but must do so against a loaded field that features 16 of the fastest crews in the nation.
Washington is just one of three programs to make the NCAA Championships in every year since its inception in 1997.
The Huskies won a pair of medals at Pac-12s, but their trip to Lake Natoma was highlighted more by the overall strength of the program, which finished second. It was the highest finish for the Dawgs at the conference championships since 2006. The women's varsity eight had perhaps its best showing of the season in finishing third, coming within a second-and-a-half of No. 1 California and missing out on a silver medal by four inches to USC.
NCAA racing determines the national champion by an accumulation of points in three events: varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. Unlike men's rowing, which is solely based on the finish by the varsity eight, teams need to showcase depth in all areas at the NCAA Championships.
In the varsity eight race, Washington was grouped with Virginia, Harvard, Yale and defending National Champion Brown. For the second varsity, the Huskies have the added challenge of advancing out of a six-team field, which features Ohio State, Princeton, Harvard, Michigan State and Cornell. The varsity four, which won a silver medal at Pac-12s, has the challenge of advancing out of a heat that includes Virginia, UCLA, Stanford and Michigan.
NCAAs have been held in California the last two seasons on the Lake Natoma course. This is the first time since 2009 that the championships will be in the Eastern Time Zone. Last year, Washington finished in a tie for eighth at NCAAs, highlighted by a win in the petite final for the second varsity eight.
Selection to NCAAs 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. Once again, the Pac-12 Conference was represented well as five member schools will make the trip to New Jersey.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Rider University will serve as the championship's official hosts.
For ticket information, please visit the NCAA Championship Page.
West Mercer, N.J.
Participating Teams: Brown, California, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford, Southern California, UCLA, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Yale