NCAA Championships On Tap For Women's Crew

May 27, 2009

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Setting the Scene: NCAA Championships
Washington invades the east coast, heading to its 13th consecutive NCAA championship. The Huskies are one of only three teams to be invited to every NCAA rowing championship in history. Brown and Princeton are the other two. The 2009 edition of the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships will be held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., hosted by Villanova University.

Live Results On The Web
Husky crew fans can get live results in two places. The NCAA will post live results on the official 2009 Division I Rowing Championships web page. In addition, live results will be available on the Husky crew Twitter page.

Last Time Out
Washington competed in the Pac-10 Championships on May 17 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The crews faced temperatures in the low-100s and blazing sun at race time. All four women's crews raced well in the morning heats, with each boat qualifying for the afternoon's grand finals.

Washington's novices smoked the competition, taking an open water victory over the field of six boats. The Husky novice eight was the only gold medal-winning performance of the day on the women's side. Washington's newly-minted varsity four and second varsity eight each took home bronze, rounding out the podium appearances for the Dawgs. The varsity eight turned in a solid race, but was edged out of medal position by Oregon State.

As a team, the Huskies placed third in the conference, improving on last year's fourth-place finish.

Huskies in the NCAA Championships
The Huskies are one of just three teams nationwide to be invited to all 13 NCAA Championship regattas ever held, and the only west coast crew to achieve that feat. (Princeton and Brown are the other two.) Washington has won three NCAA team championships, including back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. The Huskies' last team championship came in 2001, with a varsity eight lineup that included three eventual Olympians (Rika Geyser and 2008 gold medalists Anna (Mickelson) Cummins and Mary Whipple) and current novice coach Nicole (Borges) Minett. Washington has won the varsity eight championship four times (1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002), the second varsity eight once (2002) and the varsity four four times (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2008).

Last year, the Huskies nearly didn't make the cut for the NCAA Championships after finishing a disappointing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships. Washington overcame low expectations and shocked the field by winning the national title in the varsity four and earning bronze in the second varsity eight. The Huskies came home to Seattle toting the second-place team trophy, a significant feat for a crew ranked 14th entering the championship regatta.

The Women's Field
Sixteen teams were invited to the 2009 edition of the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. This is a format change from prior years in which 12 teams and four at-large varsity eights were invited. The 2009 field consists of No. 10 Brown, No. 2 California, No. 12 Clemson, No. 15 Dartmouth, No. 6 Harvard, No. 5 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 8 Princeton, No. 16 USC, No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Virginia, No. 13 Washington, No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 3 Yale.

Brown, Princeton and Washington are the only three teams in NCAA history to be invited to all 13 NCAA championship regattas. Brown is the two-time defending national champion and has won seven total NCAA championships. In fact, Brown, Washington and California have dominated the NCAA regatta, with one of the three winning all but one team championship in history. Washington has claimed three team titles, Brown seven and California two. Harvard played the spoiler in 2003, winning the team trophy by a margin of just two points over Brown.

Yale enters the championship as the 2009 Eastern Sprints varsity eight champion. Radcliffe and Princeton finished second and third, respectively, with Brown coming in fourth. Less than two seconds separated first through third places. Virginia comes to the Cooper River as the Aramark South/Central Sprints champion in the varsity eight. The Cavaliers finished the race in 6:03.20, almost three seconds faster than second-place Michigan and over four seconds faster than third-place Michigan State.

About the Course
Cooper River Park is a 346-acre public park that runs through Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township. The Cooper River is a tributary of the Delaware River and is 16 miles long. Historically, the Cooper River was a tidal river, but there are now seven impoundments along the river and tidal influence now ends in Camden, at the Kaighn Ave. Bridge. The race course itself is a six lane, 2,000-meter straightaway that begins just east of Route 130 and ends west of Cuthbert Boulevard, passing the Camden County Boathouse on the north shore and the Cooper River Yacht Club on the south shore.

Getting There
From Center City Philadelphia:Take 676 east to Ben Franklin Bridge. Follow Route 30 East to Route 70 East.Follow signs for Cherry Hill.

From New York/North Jersey:Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 4, then take route 73 north pass two traffic lights and take 295 South. Take 34B (Cherry Hill/Route 70 West). Proceed approximately 5 miles west on Route 70. Y

From Baltimore & Washington:Take Interstate 95 North to Delaware Memorial Bridge to Interstate 295North to Exit 34B. (Cherry Hill/Route 70 West). Proceed approximately 5 miles west on Route 70.

Admission/Ticket Information
Tickets are available by calling the Villanova ticket office at 610-519-4100 or by emailing Fans can also purchase tickets in person at the Villanova ticket office in the Jake Nevin Field House in Villanova, Pa. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm eastern.

Ticket prices are as follows:$25 for a three-day adult all-session package$10 for a three-day student/seniors/child all-session package$10 adult individual day ticket$5 student/senior/child individual day ticketStudent = Any high school or college student (must present student ID)Child = Ages 3 - High School (under 3=free)Senior = Age 65+

Division I Race Schedules (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Friday, May 29
8:45 am Varsity Eight Heat 1
9:00 am Varsity Eight Heat 2
9:15 am Varsity Eight Heat 3
9:30 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 1
9:45 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 2
10:00 am Second Varsity Eight Heat 3
10:15 am Varsity Four Heat 1
10:30 am Varsity Four Heat 2
10:45 am Varsity Four Heat 3

3:30 pm Varsity Eight Repechage
3:45 pm Second Varsity Eight Repechage
4:00 pm Varsity Four Repechage

Saturday, May 30
9:00 am Varsity Eight Semifinals
9:15 am Varsity Eight Semifinals
9:30 am Second Varsity Eight Semifinals
9:45 am Second Varsity Eight Semifinals
10:00 am Varsity Four Semifinals
10:15 am Varsity Four Semifinals

Sunday, May 31
9:45 am Varsity Four Third Finall (places 13-16)
10:00 am Varsity Four Petite Final (places 7-12)
10:15 am Varsity Four Grand Final (places 1-6)
10:30 am Second Varsity Eight Third Final (places 13-16)
10:45 am Second Varsity Eight Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:00 am Second Varsity Eight Grand Final (places 1-6)
11:15 am Varsity Eight Third Final (places 13-16)
11:30 am Varsity Eight Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:45 am Varsity Eight Grand Final (places 1-6)
12:30 pm Awards Ceremony

They're Honored
Adrienne Martelli and Kayleigh Mack were both named to the CRCA All-West Region team. Nominated student-athletes were evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. Martelli and Mack will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships.

Let's Go Camping!
Three Husky men and four Husky women have been invited to participate in the USRowing U23 team selection camp this summer. Juniors Alison Browning, Adrienne Martelli and Jennifer Park, as well as freshman coxswain Ariana Tanimoto will each vie for a spot on the U23 women's eight or quad. Only 29 women nationwide were invited to the selection camp.

In addition, Jessiah Johnson, Blaise Didier and Hans Struzyna were invited to selection camp on the men's side. Only 24 men were invited to selection camp, which takes place in Oklahoma City, Okla. beginning on June 12.

The seven Huskies invited to selection camp will vie for the right to compete at the 2009 FISA Under 23 World Championship in Racice, Czech Republic July 23-26.

On The Horizon
The men will compete at the IRA Championship, which moves west for the first time in regatta history. The 2009 IRA Championship will be held June 4-6 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., site of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships.

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