NCAA Announces Field For 2003 Rowing Championships

May 20, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee has selected the teams that will compete in the 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships and the USC Varsity Eight boat will be making its fifth-consecutive appearance in the individual event.

The championships will be held May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Indiana University, Bloomington and the United States Rowing Association will serve as co-hosts. The team championship is comprised of 12 teams and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. In addition, four eight-women boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected.

The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes; regional championship results; regional rankings; late-season performance; head-to-head results; results against teams/boats already selected; results against common opponents and results against regionally ranked teams/boats. One team from each region was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at large.

Last season, USC's Varsity Eight boat placed second in the Petite Final for an eighth-place overall finish at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. While Washington won the Varsity Eight individual event, Brown captured the overall team title. In the Varsity Eight Petite Final, to determine places seven through 12, Yale crossed the line first in a time of 6:39.99. USC followed with a time of 6:43.71and Michigan finished in 6:44.31 for third place.

The following teams were selected for the 2003 championships:

TEAMS
Brown
California
Harvard
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Princeton
Stanford
Virginia
Washington
Washington State
Yale

AT-LARGE EIGHTS
Boston
USC

Tennessee
Texas

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