Defending champs begin defense of their title May 29.
May 19, 1998
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington women's rowing team earned an official invitation to the 1998 NCAA Championships as the field was announced Tuesday. The Huskies are the defending national champions, earning the title at the first-ever NCAA-sanctioned championships in 1997.
The championship regatta will be held May 29-31 at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club, site of the 1996 Olympic Games, in Gainesville, Georgia.
Washington will defend its team title against Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Massachusetts, Michigan, Princeton and Virginia. The team championship is comprised of eight teams, and each team is required to field two boats (varsity and second varsity) of eight rowers each and one boat of four rowers. In addition, eight eight-women boats and eight four-women boats have earned at-large bids.
Last year, Washington captured the inaugural NCAA Championship with a 201 point total, 17 points better than second-place Princeton. The Huskies won the varsity eight race, Princeton won the second varsity race and Brown won the fours.
The Husky women varsity and second varsity are undefeated in collegiate competition this season and won the Pac-10 Conference Championship, May 17.
The Husky men will also defend their national titles in the varsity, second varsity and freshmen races at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, May 28-30 on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.