Two-time defending national champions begin competition Friday.
May 27, 1999
Sacramento, CA -- Two-time defending national champion Washington was selected as one of the top seeds in all three events at the third annual NCAA Womens Rowing Championships that begin Friday at Lake Natoma. The top seeded boats for each event were placed in separate heats. The remaining seeds were randomly drawn and placed into their respective heats.
The Husky Varsity I boat will compete in Heat 1 against Marrietta, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Wisconsin, Williams and UC Davis. Princeton and Brown were the other seeded teams in the Varsity I races. Both of those teams drew tougher opening-race heats. Princeton is pitted against Michigan, Michigan State, Harvard, Oregon State and Boston University. Brown will race against Massachusetts, USC, California, William Smith and Virginia. The top two finishers from each heat will advance to Saturdays semifinals. The other teams will be forced to race again Friday afternoon to complete the semifinal field.
Washingtons Varsity II (junior varsity) team will compete against Harvard, Princeton, Michigan and California in its opening race. Virginia, the other seeded team in the Varsity II competition, will face Wisconsin, Boston University, Michigan State and Brown. The top two teams from each heat will advance directly to Sundays finals.Virginia won last years NCAA title in the Varsity II event.
Brown and Washington are the top seeded in the Varsity Four races. The Huskies share a heat with Harvard, California, Virginia and Wisconsin. Brown will race against Boston University, Princeton, Michigan State and Michigan. The top two teams from each heat will advance directly to Sundays finals. USC, the defending national champion in the event, did not qualify a crew for this years competition.
Fridays racing begins at 8 a.m. with the Varsity Four races and the final heat of the Varsity I competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. on the 2,000-meter Lake Natoma course at the CSUS Aquatic Center.