NCAA WOMEN'S ROWING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES HEAT ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The NCAA Women''s Rowing Committee formally announced the heat and lane assignments for the opening day of this weekend''s NCAA Women''s Rowing Championships. The ninth-annual regatta, set to take place at the CSUS Aquatic Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., begins Friday, May 27, and runs through Sunday, May 29.
The top three ranked Div. I varsity eights in the nation (Cal - No. 1; Yale - No. 2; Ohio State - No. 3) were placed in separate heats to begin Friday''s competition. Yale will assume lane one in the first varsity eight heat (8 a.m.), Ohio State will be in lane one in the next varsity eight heat (8:15 a.m.) and Cal will race in lane three in the third and final varsity eight heat (8:30 a.m.). Friday''s Div. I action includes the three varsity eight heats, two second varsity eight heats (10 a.m., 10:15 a.m.), two varsity four heats (11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.) and a varsity eight repechage (4 p.m.).
In the Div. II competition, Western Washington and Barry (the top two ranked varsity eights in the nation, respectively) will race in separate heats on Friday. Third-ranked Mercyhurst will face Florida Tech in the first varsity eight heat (9:15 a.m.), Nova Southeastern takes on Barry in the second heat (9:30 a.m.) and UC San Diego faces Western Washington in the third heat (9:45 a.m.). Friday''s Div. II action includes three first varsity eight heats and two varsity four heats (10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.).
Two heats will be featured in the Div. III varsity eight category, with three of the top five ranked boats in the nation squaring off in the first heat (8:45 a.m.). Trinity (ranked first), Smith (ranked third) and Williams (ranked fifth) will be among the seven-team first heat while second-ranked Ithaca and fourth-ranked Puget Sound will compete in the second heat (9 a.m.). Friday''s Div. III action includes the two varsity eight heats and two varsity eight repechages (4:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.).
The NCAA Women''s Rowing Championships will feature a total of 17 races taking place on Friday, 11 more on Saturday, and conclude with nine on Sunday. The Div. III champion will be crowned on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., while the Div. I (12:45 p.m.) and Div. II (11:30 a.m.) champions will be determined on Sunday.
Friday''s lane assignments with a complete three-day schedule of the regatta can be accessed by clicking on the links above the story.