Rowing To Send Varsity Eight To NCAA Championships

May 15, 2001

LOS ANGELES - USC women's rowing will send its fifth-ranked Varsity Eight boat to the NCAA Championships for the third-consecutive year, the NCAA selection committee announced today. The championships will take place May 24-26 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga.

The NCAA Championships include 10 teams comprised of a Varsity Eight, Junior Varsity Eight and a Varsity Four boat. In addition, nine Varsity Eight boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected. Despite outstanding performances from USC's JV boat this season, including wins over Ohio State and the University of Victoria, the Trojans did not receive a team bid. The following schools earned team invitations: Brown, Boston, Cal, Harvard, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia and Washington. USC, Syracuse, Yale, Michigan State, and Rutgers earned the Varsity Eight at-large bids.

The Trojans, whose varsity boat has never placed higher than 13th (2000) at the NCAAs, will look to advance to the grand final this year and defend its early season success. USC was ranked as high as No. 2 by the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Coaches Poll after winning the Jessop Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic in April.

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