May 17, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing was one of 16 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships, the NCAA announced Monday.
The announcement marks the third straight year in which the Cardinal will participate in the event as a team. Stanford won the NCAA team title, as well as the I Eight title, the first NCAA rowing titles in program history, in 2009.
The team championship is composed of 16 teams, with each team required to field boats in the I Eight, II Eight and Four classes. Stanford is one of five Pac-10 schools to earn bids to the NCAA Championships, being joined by California, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Defending NCAA team champion Virginia, Brown, Clemson, Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Wisconsin and Yale make up the rest of the championship field.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships will be held May 27-29 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., on the waters of Lake Natoma.
Stanford, ranked third in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches' Poll, finished second in the team standings at the Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma this past Sunday. The II Eight won its second consecutive Pac-10 title while the I Eight earned the silver medal for the second straight year.
The Cardinal, in addition to winning the team national title in 2009, finished fourth last year. The I Eight has now reached the NCAA Championships five straight years, highlighted by a national title in 2009 and the national silver medal in 2008.
Last year, the II Eight captured the NCAA silver medal in the boat's highest-ever national finish.
This Memorial Day weekend, Stanford's Four will race in the third heat of its class, facing off against USC, Virginia, Michigan, Brown and Dartmouth. The II Eight will take off in the second heat of its class against Yale, Dartmouth, USC and Washington. The I Eight will be in the third heat of its class, facing USC, Washington State, Ohio State, Harvard and Wisconsin.
Each class features three qualifying heats on the opening day of competition. The top three boats in each heat will advance to Saturday's semifinals. Boats that do not qualify for the semifinals in the qualifying heats will go to the repechage race Friday afternoon, where the top three boats in that contest fill out the final three semifinal spots.
The top three finishers in each class' two semifinals on Saturday will advance to Sunday's NCAA final.