May 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Washington State University women's rowing has been selected by the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.
WSU will make its seventh overall appearance and its third in four years, as it heads to Indianapolis for the championships which will be held Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 at Eagle Creek Park. Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation will serve as co-hosts of the event. As a team Washington State has competed at the NCAA Championships at Eagle Creek Park one other time, as then first-year head coach Jane LaRiviere led the Cougars to a 12th-place team finish in 2003. WSU's varsity eight competed at Eagle Creek Park in 2002, back when individual varsity eight boats could qualify separate from teams for the NCAA Championships.
"We were anxiously awaiting today's NCAA announcement and were very excited to hear our name called," WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere said. "We are very grateful to the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Committee for selecting us. But, as happy as we are to head to Indianapolis, we have high expectations of ourselves in the national competition. I expect a great effort from all three of our boats next week."
This season the team championships are composed of 22 teams. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championships field. USC represents the Pac-12 as the league's automatic qualifier, while five other teams, California, UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Washington State were chosen from the conference as at-large selections. Just three conferences had multiple teams receive bids, as the Pac-12 led the way with six, the Ivy League had five selections (Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale), and the Big Ten had three (Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin).
Washington State is seeded ninth in the varsity four event, 16th in the varsity eight event and 17th in the second varsity eight event.
The Cougars have reached the NCAA Championships as a team six prior times and once as a varsity eight boat. Its best finish came in 2006 as WSU placed fourth, led by a fourth-place finish from the varsity eight. WSU placed 12th in its last NCAA Championships in 2011, 13th in 2010, eighth in 2008, ninth in 2004 and 12th in 2003. The varsity eight placed 13th in 2002. The Cougars' best individual boat finish came in 2004 when the second varsity eight took third.
Teams qualifying for the championships as an automatic qualifier or as an at-large are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. For the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four teams, all 22 boats will be seeded into four heats.
All-session and single-session tickets for the Championships can be purchased at www.NCAA.com/tickets through May 29. Beginning May 30, tickets are available on-site (cash only). All-session tickets are $40, while student and senior citizen tickets are $25. The tickets include all three days of competition. Single-session tickets are $15, while student and senior citizen are $10. Parking information is available at www.IndianaSportsCorp.org. For championship information and results, go to the NCAA Web site at www.ncaa.com.
2013 NCAA Rowing Championship Automatic Qualifying Teams
Boston University, Colonial Athletic Association
Gonzaga, West Coast Conference
Marist, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Navy, Patriot League
Notre Dame, Big East Conference
Ohio State, Big Ten Conference
Oklahoma, Conference USA
Princeton, The Ivy League
Rhode Island, Atlantic 10
2013 NCAA Rowing Championship At-Large Selections