Women's Rowing Ready for the NCAA Championships
May 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's rowing team is ready to take part in NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. The 2013 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships will begin this Friday and run through Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Navy was one of 11 teams that earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships by virtue of winning its conference title. In total, there will be 22 schools competing at the championships, all of which will have a crew competing in each of the three boating classes - varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
"It's a great honor be competing as one of the top 22 teams in the nation," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "There's no question that it will be a real challenge and it will start with our heat races on Friday. The idea of going out and racing against the best teams country is very exciting. You want to compete against the best and we hope to represent the Patriot League well."
Competition will begin on Friday morning with four heat races in each boat class. Navy's varsity eight will compete in heat three at 9:30 a.m., the second varsity eight will row in heat four at 10:20 a.m. and the varsity four will hit the water at 11 a.m. for its heat race
The top two boats from each heat will advance to Saturday's A-B semifinals, while the remainder of the crews will head to the repechages. Two seven-boat repechages will take place Friday afternoon, with the top two crews heading to the A-B semifinals and the remainder competing in the C-D semifinals.
Saturday will consist of semifinal races, setting the schedule for Sunday's finals. The top three crews from the A-B semifinals will advance to the Grand Final and the remainder head to the Petite Final. The top three crews from the C-D semifinals will compete in the C final and the remainder will race in the D final.
In winning their first Patriot League title since 2005, the Mids have posted one of their most successful seasons in program history.
"We set the goal of going to the NCAAs when Nicky Stimpson and I first started coaching together," said Hughes. "Our goal is to always win the Patriot League and now winning that gets you an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Seeing it come to fruition is really exciting - especially for the seniors."
The varsity eight crew posted a 5-0 record this year and, along with the second varsity eight, picked up titles at the Murphy Cup and Occoquan Sprints. Navy won eight of nine races at the George Washington Invitational to win the overall points trophy.