No. 13 Women's Crew Races at NCAA Championships
May 22, 2001
This Week:May 24-26, NCAA Championships, Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA, All Day
Racing at NCAAs: The No. 13-ranked Cal women's varsity eight will challenge for the NCAA championship Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, at the 2001 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA, site of the rowing competition at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The Bears will compete in the I Eights (varsity), II Eights (JV) and Four events as well as for the overall NCAA Team Championship which is determined by a points system.
Thursday, May 24
8:00-10:00 a.m. Heats (I Eights, II Eights, Fours)
4:00-4:20 p.m. Repechage (I Eights)
Friday, May 25
10:00 a.m. Fours Repechage
10:20 a.m. II Eights Repechage
10:40 a.m. I Eights (Places 13-19 final)
11:00-11:20 a.m. I Eights Semifinals
Saturday, May 26
10:00 a.m. Fours (Places 7-12 final)
10:20 a.m. Fours (Places 1-6 final)
10:40 a.m. II Eights (Places 7-12 final)
11:00 a.m. II Eights (Places 1-6 final)
11:20 a.m. I Eights (Places 7-12 final)
11:40 a.m. I EIghts (Places 1-6 final)
Notes: The NCAA refers to Varsity, JV, and Varsity Fours as I Eights, II Eights, and Fours, respectively. A repechage is a 'second chance' heat. By employing the repechage system, the regatta committee insures that the three fastest crews in each event advance to the semifinal or final round of racing by guarding against the two fastest crews in a heat eliminating the third fastest crew at the regatta in a 'top two' to advance scenario. At the semifinal level, the top three crews from each of two semis advance to the final.
Varsity Eight: Coming off a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the Bears have recorded dual race victories over Stanford and Oregon State this season. In addition Cal placed fourth at the San Diego Crew Classic to begin the season in early April. The varsity eight, filled with talented but young women, has an entirely different look in 2001 after losing nine letterwinners to graduation last spring.
NCAA Championship History: Since the inception of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in 1997, Bear crews have received invitations each year. In '97 and '98 the varsity eight received 'at-large' berths and competed only in the I Eights event finishing sixth and 10th respectively. In '99 and 2000, Cal garnered 'team' berths to the Championships. The Bears varsity won bronze and finished sixth as a team in '99 before finishing fourth in both the I Eights and team championship last season.
Competition Quick Look:
*Automatic qualifiers from each region.
Cal's Varsity Draw: The Bears will open the regatta racing in the second heat of the I Eights competition on Thursday, May 24 at 8:20 a.m. No. 13 Cal will be tested from the first stroke as it will be pitted against No. 2 Michigan, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 Boston University and Western Washington in the 'two-to-the-semifinal' format. Should the Bears come up short, they could still qualify for the semifinal through the repechage round. USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: USRowing, in conjunction with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) conducts weekly polls for Women's NCAA Division I Collegiate Varsity Eights throughout the season. Below is the poll released May 16.
Cal's Varsity Draw: The Bears will open the regatta racing in the second heat of the I Eights competition on Thursday, May 24 at 8:20 a.m. No. 13 Cal will be tested from the first stroke as it will be pitted against No. 2 Michigan, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 Boston University and Western Washington in the 'two-to-the-semifinal' format. Should the Bears come up short, they could still qualify for the semifinal through the repechage round.
USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: USRowing, in conjunction with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) conducts weekly polls for Women's NCAA Division I Collegiate Varsity Eights throughout the season. Below is the poll released May 16.
Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes)
1. Brown University (15)
2. University of Michigan (2)
3. University of Washington (2)
4. Princeton University
5t. Syracuse University
5t. University of Southern California
7. The Ohio State University
8. Harvard University
9. Boston University
10. University of Iowa
11. Yale University
12. Michigan State University
14. Rutgers University
15. University of Virginia
16. University of Notre Dame
17. University of Pennsylvania
18. Columbia University
19. Stanford University
20. University of Texas
Others receiving votes:
Others receiving votes:Clemson University 16, University of Wisconsin 16, Cornell University 15, University of Kansas 15, Washington State University 9, and University of Tulsa 1.
NCAA Championships Lineups:
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