May 21, 2013
SEATTLE - The Huskies will head to Indianapolis next week for an opportunity to race for a National Championship in a field that features the 22 best crews in the nation.
After a strong performance at the Pac-12 Championships, where the Huskies narrowly missed out on their first title since 2002, the Washington women's rowing program was selected for their 17th straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 31- June 2nd at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. UW will be gunning for their fourth NCAA National Championship in school history, but face a talented and competitive field.
Washington is just one of three programs to make the NCAA Championships in every year since its inception in 1997.
The Huskies medaled in all four feature races at the Pac-12 Championships, but their trip to Lake Natoma was highlighted by a silver medal finish by the varsity eight and a gold medal finish by the novice eight, making the future look promising for this Husky program. Although the Huskies earned a third-place team finish, they were only one point back from second-place USC and two and half points back from title winner California.
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 defending National Champion Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Rhode Island. For the second varsity, the Huskies will be in heat four that includes fellow Pac-12 rival Stanford, Cornell, Brown, Navy and Rhode Island. The varsity four will face UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Navy and Gonzaga.
The NCAA will take place in the Eastern Time Zone for the second straight year. Last year the Championships were held in New Jersey, with the previous two years before that taking place on the West Coast at Lake Natoma. Last year, Washington finished seventh at NCAAs, highlighted by two of three boats making the grand finals.
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 six member schools will make the
May 31st- June 2nd
Participating Teams: Southern California, Princeton, Ohio State, Virginia, Washington, California, UCLA, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin, Cornell, Brown, Washington State, Oklahoma, Boston University, Navy, Gonzaga, Rhode Island, Marist.