Six women's rowing squads set for 2013 NCAA Championships

By the Pac-12 Conference

2013 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships - Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, Ind.

PAC-12 TEAMS: California, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State

REST OF FIELD: Boston University, Brown, Cornell, Gonzaga, Harvard, Marist, Michigan, Navy, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Princeton, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale

WHEN: Friday, May 31- Sunday, June 2

SCHEDULE: Friday, May 31
9:10 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Heat 1
9:20 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Heat 2
9:30 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Heat 3
9:40 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Heat 4
9:50 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Heat 1
10 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Heat 2
10:10 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Heat 3
10:20 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Heat 4
10:30 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Heat 1
10:40 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Heat 2
10:50 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Heat 3
11 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Heat 4
3:50 p.m. ET: Varsity Eight Repechage 1
4 p.m. ET: Varsity Eight Repechage 2
4:10 p.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Repechage 1
4:20 p.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Repechage 2
4:30 p.m. ET: Varsity Four Repechage 1
4:40 p.m. ET: Varsity Four Repechage 2

Saturday, June 1
8:30 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Semifinals (C/D)
8:50 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Semifinals (A/B)
9:10 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Semifinals (C/D)
9:30 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Semifinals (A/B)
9:50 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Semifinals (C/D)
10:10 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Semfinals (A/B)

Sunday, June 2
8:30 a.m. ET: Varsity Four D Final (Places 19-22)
8:40 a.m. ET: Varsity Four C Final (Places 13-18)
8:50 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight D Final (Places 19-22)
9 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight C Final (Places 13-18)
9:10 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight D Final (Places 19-22)
9:20 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight C Final (Places 13-18)
10 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:10 a.m. ET: Varsity Four Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:20 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:30 a.m. ET: Second Varsity Eight Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:40 a.m. ET: Varsity Eight Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:50 p.m. ET: Varsity Eight Grand Final (Places 1-6)
11:45 p.m. ET: Awards Ceremony

NCAA PREVIEW:
USC, the Conference's automatic qualifier, finished second at the Pac-12 Championships but posted the highest point total in varsity races to earn the automatic berth. The Trojans captured the varsity eight by an impressive four-second margin over runner up Washington. USC kicked off the season with a record-setting performance at the San Diego Crew Classic and won three trophies at the regatta for the second time in program history. The Trojans are making their fifth consecutive and seventh all-time NCAA Championships appearance.

California won its sixth straight Pac-12 title (eighth in the last nine years) by notching victories the second varsity eight and the varsity four at Lake Natoma on May 19. The Golden Bears captured three of four grand finals at the Lake Natoma Invitational but finished second behind top-ranked USC by just one point. Cal received its 15th straight NCAA bid.

Washington placed third in the team championships last weekend, propelled by a victory in the novice eight. The Huskies have won three of four varsity eight races since finishing fifth at the San Diego Crew Classic in early April, including a dual victory over California. UW captured its first Simpson Cup since 2003 with a two-second victory over the Bears in the varsity eight. Washington, which lays claim to four national titles, has qualified for the NCAA Championships every year since the inaugural tournament in 1997.

UCLA finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships with its best result coming in the women's varsity four. The Bruins captured the silver medal in the event. UCLA's varsity four finished second at the San Diego Crew Classic, fewer than five seconds behind first-place USC, while its varsity eight finished fourth behind a trio of crews ranked in the top 10 and ahead of No. 5 Washington. The Bruins are making their third trip to the NCAA Championships in the last four years. They posted their highest-ever finish (8th) at the event in 2012.

Stanford, which earned its fifth straight NCAA berth, is coming off of a fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal tied for third in points at the Lake Natoma Invitational before sweeping all three events (varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four) at the Oregon State Classic in April.

Washington State, which placed fifth at the Pac-12 Championships, has qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four years. WSU swept Gonzaga in an early season dual for the second consecutive year and advanced its varsity four crew to the grand finals at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Cougars' varsity four and second varsity four shells topped Washington in their annual Apple Cup dual. Washington State also swept Oregon State on April 27 to retain the Crawford Perpetual Plate and the Winchell Cup.

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