May 26, 2011
NCAA Championships Central
NCAA Championships Friday Heat Draw
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford women's rowing begins competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships Friday morning, as the I Eight, II Eight and Four take to the waters of Lake Natoma for the opening heats.
The NCAA Championships run from Friday to Sunday, May 27-29, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Stanford is one of 16 teams competing for the 2011 team national title as well as individual titles in the Four, II Eight and I Eight classes.
The Cardinal I Eight will begin Friday's action at 9 a.m. in the third qualifying heat of its class. The II Eight's heat is set for a 9:30 a.m. launch and the Four will launch at 10:30 a.m.
Fans can watch the races live on the NCAA's webcast on NCAA.com's Division I women's rowing home page.
Stanford won its first-ever national title in women's rowing two years ago, as the I Eight clinched things with its own NCAA gold medal in its Grand Final. A season ago, the Cardinal finished fourth in the team standings, while the II Eight captured the NCAA silver medal in its highest-ever national finish.
This weekend's competition marks the third straight season that the Cardinal has competed at the NCAA Championships as a full team. It will also be the fifth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance for the I Eight, which represented Stanford by itself from 2007-08 prior to the revamp of the team selection process.
Two weeks ago Stanford took second in the team standings at the Pac-10 Championships, with the II Eight capturing its second straight gold medal and the I Eight coming within a half-second of claiming its second gold in three years.
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 a bid 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.
Each class of boat features three qualifying heats on Friday. The top three boats in each heat will advance to Saturday's semifinals. Boats that do not qualify for the semifinals in Friday's opening heats will go to the afternoon repechage race, 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.
Stanford's Boat Lineups For The NCAA Championships