Stanford Women's Rowing Earns At-Large Bid To NCAA Championships
May 18, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Defending NCAA Champion Stanford earned its second straight at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Championships Tuesday. The 2010 NCAA Championships will be held from May 28-30 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
The team championships are comprised of 16 teams with each team required to field two boats of eight rowers each (I & II Eights) and one boat of four rowers.
Stanford will look to successfully defend both its 2009 team title and I Eight title at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the NCAA title came down to the final race of the regatta, the I Eight Grand Final, which Stanford won by edging runner-up Virginia by 37 hundredths of a second to claim both the I Eight and team championships.
The Cardinal II Eight earned NCAA bronze at last year's championships while the Four took fifth nationally.
Six Pac-10 teams, including the Cardinal, made the NCAA Championships Tuesday. Stanford will be joined at Lake Natoma by conference champion California and at-large selections UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Stanford finished second at last weekend's Pac-10 Championships, being edged out of the team title by a half-point to California. The Cardinal I Eight also suffered a narrow defeat, missing out on the gold medal by nine-tenths of a second and settling for silver.
But the II Eight surged for its first-ever Pac-10 gold medal and will be riding high heading into the NCAA Championships, while the Four finished fourth at the Pac-10s.
Stanford's I Eight, which also won NCAA silver in 2008 in addition to its gold last year, will open up its title defense in May 28's second heat, grouped with Brown, Yale, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The II Eight will be in its group's second heat as well, taking on California, Michigan State, Washington State and Wisconsin. The Four will open up in the six-boat third heat of its class on May 28, facing off against Brown, Ohio State, Princeton, Tennessee and Wisconsin.