May 29, 2013
| NCAA Championships
May 31- June 2nd | Eagle Creek Park– Indianapolis, Ind. | Live Streaming |
Setting the Scene: NCAA Rowing Championships
A Washington women's crew program ready to ride the momentum they built during the season heads to the Midwest to test their boat speed against 21 of the nation's fastest crews at the season-ending NCAA Championships. The racing is a three-day event held on May 31st – June 2nd at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Once again the Huskies - who are in search of their fourth NCAA team title - continue their streak of reaching the 16-team NCAA field each year since its inception in 1997, one of just three teams to accomplish such a feat. Washington, which is ranked fifth in the latest CRCA-USRowing poll, will send three boats to Lake Mercer: a varsity eight, a second varsity eight and an open four. Novice eights do not compete at the NCAAs. The racing begins with the heats on Friday morning, with the top three boats in each race advancing to Saturday's semifinals. The bottom three move on to the repechage in a last-chance effort at the semifinals.
Following The Races
Race updates are available in real time with the official Washington rowing Twitter feed, which is available at www.twitter.com/UWHuskyCrew. Official results and a race recap will also be available on GoHuskies.com following each day of racing. C.F.P.l Timing and Data Inc. will handle live scoring. Fans may also watch a live stream of the NCAA Championships on the organization's main page: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule
Race Schedule (Times in Pacific Time)
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Friday, May 31st
6:10 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 1
6:20 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 2
6:30 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 3
6:40 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 4
6:50 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Heat 1
7:00 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Heat 2
7:10 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Heat 3
7:20 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Heat 4
7:30 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 1
7:40 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 2
7:50 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 3
8:00 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 4
12:50 p.m. Varsity Eight Repechage 1
1:00 p.m. Varsity Eight Repechage 2
1:10 p.m. Second Varsity Eight Repechage 1
1:20 p.m. Second Varsity Eight Repechage 2
1:30 p.m. Varsity Four Repechage 1
1:40 p.m. Varsity Four Repechage 4
Saturday, June 1st
5:30 a.m. Varsity Eight C/D Semifinals
5:40 a.m .Varsity Eight C/D Semifinals
5:50 a.m. Varsity Eight A/B Semifinals
6:00 a.m. Varsity Eight A/B Semifinals
6:10 a.m. Second Varsity Eight C/D Semifinals
6:20 a.m. Second Varsity Eight C/D Semifinals
6:30 a.m. Second Varsity Eight A/B Semifinals
6:40 a.m. Second Varsity Eight A/B Semifinals
6:50 a.m. Varsity Four Semifinals C/D
7:00 a.m. Varsity Four Semifinals C/D
7:10 a.m. Varsity Four Semifinals A/B
7:20 a.m. Varsity Four Semifinals A/B
Sunday, June 2nd
5:30 a.m. Varsity Four D Final (places 19-22)
5:40 a.m. Varsity Four C Final (places 13-18)
5:50 a.m. Second Varsity Eight D Final (places 19-22)
6:00 a.m. Second Varsity Eight C Final (places 13-18)
6:10 a.m. Varsity Eight D Final (places 19-22)
6:20 a.m. Varsity Eight C Final (places 13-18)
7:00 a.m. Varsity Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)
7:10 a.m. Varsity Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)
7:20 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Petite Final (places 7-12)
7:30 a.m. Second Varsity Eight Grand Final (places 1-6)
7:40 a.m. Varsity Eight Petite Final (places 7-12)
7:50 a.m. Varsity Eight Grand Final (places 1-6)
8:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony
Where To Watch
Spectators who attend the NCAA Championships need to purchase a tickets for the course at Eagle Creek Park. Adult single-day tickets are $15. Fans can also purchase a three-day pass for the event for $40 (Plus tax if you buy online). More information on the NCAA Championships is available at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/rowing/d1
In Search Of Hardware
Washington has won three National Championships since the NCAA began organizing the competition in 1997. The last Huskies NCAA team title came in 2001, featuring a lineup that included three eventual Olympians: Rika Geyser, Anna (Mickelson) Cummins and Mary Whipple. The varsity eight has won an NCAA national title four times (1997, 1998, 2001 & 2002), the second varsity eight once (2002), while the varsity four has captured four championships (1997, 1998, 2001 & 2008). Overall, the Huskies have won 11 National Championships.
Last season, the Huskies finished seventh in the nation at the NCAAs, highlighted by two boats reaching the grand finals.
Huskies Coaching Staff
The Washington women's team is coached by the legendary Bob Ernst, who made the switch in 2007 after a 20-year stint coaching the men's program. Ernst is no stranger to women's rowing, having shepherded the program to six National Championships from 1981-87. Ernst aslo has significant Olympics and International experience and has been invloved with some facet of the UW program since 1974. In 1984, he coached the Gold Medal winning eight in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In his second full season at Washington, Conor Bullis manages all coaching duties for the women's novice rowers. Bullis lead his first Novice 8 boat to an undefeated streak in 2013, capping it off with a gold medal finish at the Pac-12 Championships.
Last Time Out
The Huskies finished third at the Pac-12 Championships, winning medals in all four categories against a loaded field of conference opponents. Only 2.5 points separated the top three finishers, so the competition among the top was very close. Underlining the performance was a silver medal in the varsity eight, who beat California for the second time this season and two bronze medals for the second varsity eight and the varsity four. The Novice eight boat finished their dominating season, earning gold at the championships.
Eagle Creek Park
The 2,000 meter course is home to the Big Ten Championships and Eagle Creek Park’s 1,400-acre lake is a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championships. One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders.
Scouting The Huskies
Washington remains at No. 4 in the CRCA/USRowing poll just behind Pac-12 rivals No. 2 UCS and No. 3 California. Overall this season, the Huskies have made marked improvements in speed every week, particularly in the varsity eight boat. The shell stumbled a bit at the San Diego Crew Classic but bounced back to win the Washington State Dual. The biggest feat of the season thus far was their victory over California in the Washington-California Dual on the Montlake Cut. It was the first time the Huskies had beat the Lady Bears in the dual since 2003. The Huskies continued their strong performance, capturing wins at the Windermere Cup over Dartmouth and Cornell. At Pac-12s, the Huskies' top eight beat California for the second time this season, finishing second behind USC and only 2.5 out of first place.
The varsity four and second has made strides over the course of the season. After opening with a 3rd-place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic, they beat Washington State and later capture a bronze medal at the Pac-12 Championships. The second varsity eight has continue to improve all season, capturing a bronze medal at the Pac-12 Championships as well.
NCAA Championship Field
For the first time, the NCAA field championship field expanded to 22 teams. Brown, Princeton and Washington are the only teams who have been invited to the NCAA Championships each year since 1997.
The 2013 field includes yet another group of elite crews, including five additional teams from the Pac-12 Conference, with three in the top four in the country including No. 4 Washington (No. 2 USC, No. 3 Cal, No. 6 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford and No. 15 Washington State).
The six programs from the Pac-12 are the most sent by any conference in the country. The Ivy League takes second for best representation at the NCAAs, with No. 11 Brown, No. 7 Princeton, No. 8 Harvard (Radcliffe), No. 12 Yale and No. 16 Cornell in the mix.
The Big Ten was next on the depth chart with three teams: No. 14 Michigan, No. 13 Wisconsin, and new No. 1 Ohio State. The Buckeyes took over the No. 1 spot in the country after winning the Big Ten title last week.
Defending champion Virginia is the lone ACC member and currently ranked No. 5 in the country. Championship host and No. 9 ranked Notre Dame is joined by Oklahoma, Boston University, Navy, Gonzaga, Rhode Island, and Marist to round out the field.