UW Rowers Receive NCAA Championships Berth

May 20, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Washington rowing team was one of 12 schools extended an invitation Tuesday to compete at the 2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, May 30-June 1 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The Huskies are one of three teams from the West Region that also supplied the championship regatta with Pac-10 winner California and Washington State.

Each of the 12 schools vying for the team championship is required to enter a crew in three events: the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. The NCAA team champion is determined by combining the results from the three events. In addition, four schools received at-large berths to enter boats in the varsity eight competition.

The field includes nine of the same schools from last season's championships. The new entries for 2008 are Michigan State, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Washington is one of only three schools to receive invitations to all 12 championships since the NCAA began sponsoring women's rowing in 1997. The Huskies are joined in that elite group by Brown and Princeton.

The prowess of the Pac-10 was rewarded with the three team berths, while Stanford and USC received at-large varsity eight entries. Five of the six teams that competed in Sunday's varsity eight grand final at the Pac-10 regatta will row at the NCAA Championships.

The year's complete NCAA field of schools vying for the team championship includes, Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale. The four at-large varsity eights are Clemson, Michigan, Stanford and USC.

Brown won its record fifth NCAA team title in 2007 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Huskies placed 10th in last year's team standings.

Washington is a three-time national champion, winning in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Two-time champion California won the 2005 title, the last time the NCAA regatta was contested on Lake Natoma.

The Husky men's team will also row for national titles. They compete June 5-7 at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.

2008 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships Field
May 30-June 1 in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Team Qualifiers
Michigan State
Ohio State
Washington State

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