Rowing Wins Both Heats at NCAA Championships

May 26, 2017

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Western Washington University women’s rowing team got off to a dominating start at the 2017 NCAA Rowing Championships Friday morning on Lake Mercer, winning both of its preliminary heats in the Eights and Fours to advance directly to Sunday’s Grand Final.

The Vikings will have an off day tomorrow and return to action in Sunday’s Grand Finals to race for the program’s eighth NCAA Division II national championship. WWU is competing in its 16th NCAA Rowing Championships in the 17 years of the event, and will be looking to be back on top of the podium for the first time since 2011 when they clinched a record seventh consecutive Division II title.

“I am pleased we advanced directly to the final on Sunday. I know the team is happy with those results as well,” said 19th-year head coach John Fuchs. “The eight stayed focused in the tough conditions and the fours gritted it out too. I think all the crews were just trying to survive with the tough conditions.”

WWU’s eight-oared crew set the tone for the morning, winning the first of two heats on the 2,000-meter course in 6:42.984 to advance directly to Sunday’s Grand Final at 9:48 am ET/6:48 am PT. Mercyhurst finished 2nd five seats back of Western in 6:45.184, and defending national champion Barry was 3rd in 6:50.194. Central Oklahoma won the second heat in 6:40.984 to also advance to the Grand Final. Mercyhurst, Barry, Florida Tech and UC San Diego will race in Saturday’s repechage, with the top two finishers advancing to the Grand Final, and places 3-4 racing in Sunday’s Petite Final.

Division II – Eights

Heat 1 (WWU advances to Grand Final)
1. Western Washington – 6:42.984
2. Mercyhurst – 6:45.184
3. Barry – 6:50.194

Heat 2 (Central Oklahoma advances to Grand Final)
1. Central Oklahoma – 6:40.750
2. Florida Tech – 6:42.257
3. UC San Diego – 7:00.203

In the Fours, WWU raced to an open-water victory in a head-to-head matchup with Central Oklahoma. The Vikings finished in an impressive time of 7:39.344, well ahead of the Bronchos final time of 7:53.064. Like the eights, the WWU Fours have tomorrow off and then return to racing for Sunday’s Grand Final at 9:24 am ET/6:24 am PT. Mercyhurst won the second heat in 7:39.335 to advance to the Grand Final, while Central Oklahoma and UC San Diego will race in tomorrow’s repechage.

Division II – Fours

Heat 1 (WWU advances to Grand Final)
1. Western Washington – 7:39.344
2. Central Oklahoma – 7:53.064 

Heat 2 (Mercyhurst advances to Grand Final)
1. Mercyhurst – 7:39.335
2. UC San Diego – 7:46.928

The Vikings are one of four Division II teams that are competing in the NCAA Rowing Championships over the Memorial Day weekend, with the Division I, II and III champions all being crowned on Sunday. The DII championships features four teams, with each fielding one boat of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. In addition to WWU, Mercyhurst (East), Central Oklahoma (South) and UC San Diego (At-Large) are competing in the 2017 Division II National Championship, while Florida Tech and Barry are entered in just the Eight competition.

The Vikings were No. 1 in six of the eight CRCA/USRowing Coaches Polls released during the season and held the top spot in the NCAA regional rankings out of the West. Including today, WWU has won 23 of 30 races this season.

This is the third time WWU has traveled to the NCAA Championships that have been hosted on Lake Mercer, winning the national title in 2006 and placing 2nd in 2012.

The following is a detailed layout of how the Division II National Championship regatta runs to determine the national champion:

EIGHTS HEATS:

Winners of heats A and B advance directly to the four-boat Grand Final; Non-winners proceed to the four-boat repechage.

EIGHTS REPECHAGE:
Top two finishers of the repechage advances to the four-boat Grand Final.

EIGHTS GRAND FINAL:
The Grand Final shall be a four-boat final to determine the event champion, 2nd, 3rd and 4th-place finishers.

EIGHTS PETITE FINAL:
The Petite Final shall be a two-boat race consisting of the 3rd and 4th-place finishers from the Repechage.

FOURS HEATS:
Winners of heats A and B advance directly to the three-boat Grand Final; Non-winners proceed to the two-boat repechage.

FOURS REPECHAGE:
Winner of the repechage advances to the three-boat Grand Final

FOURS GRAND FINAL:
The Grand Final shall be a three-boat final to determine the event champion, 2nd, and 3rd-place finishers.

The team national champion will be decided on by a point system under the following structure:

2017 NCAA II WOMEN’S ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
POINTS SYSTEM

Place

Eights

Fours

1

12

8

2

9

6

3

6

4

4

3

2

Notes: (1) Only boats from institutions competing as a team will be awarded points. Points earned by a “non-team” boat will be awarded to the next “team” boat.

(2) Ties for team awards will be broken by the place finish in the Eights.

Boat Lineups:
The boat lineups for the Vikings for the Eights and Fours in today’s prelim races were as follows:

Western Washington University Rowing – Boat Lineups
NCAA Championships  •  West Windsor, NJ  •  Lake Mercer  •  May 26-28, 2017

Varsity 8+

Varsity 4+

Coxswain

Giselle Kiraly (So., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS)

Coxswain

Madison Moelhman (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River/Mills College)

Stroke

Chloe Burns (Jr., Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington HS)

Stroke

Nicole Vanderzanden (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Union)

7

Karisa Stapp (Jr., Bellingham, WA/Mount Baker HS)

3

Mary Harper (Jr., Seattle, WA/Ingraham)

6

Kia Parrish-Haim (Sr., Ashland, OR/Ashland HS)

2

Kelly Oberbillig (So., Milton, WA/Fife/)

5

Molly Ware (Sr., Olympia, WA/Olympia HS)

Bow

Madison Kerr (So., Spokane, WA/Lewis & Clark)

4

Claire Whiting (Jr., Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma HS)

 

 

3

Izzy Barnwell (So., Seward, AK/Seward HS)

 

 

2

Megan Reid (Jr., Sitka, AK/Sitka HS)

 

 

Bow

Kasey Mallon-Andrews (Jr., Issaquah, WA/Issaquah HS)

 

 

How to Follow:
All races during the NCAA Rowing Championships will be streamed live via NCAA.com/Live. Live results will also be posted to the official website of the NCAA Rowing Championships, and full recaps for WWU’s crews will be provided after each day on WWUVikings.com.

WWU Rowing History:
Western Washington is one of the premier rowing programs across all levels in collegiate competition, competing in the NCAA Championships in 16 of 17 seasons. The Vikings won seven consecutive national championships from 2005-11 and are coming off a third-place finish last season. The Vikings have placed first or second in 10 of the 15 Division II Championships. Here is the Division II Championship history dating back to 2002 (event was combined in 2001 with all division). There will be a new champion crowned this year as two-time defending champion Barry is not part of the team competition this year.

NCAA DIVISION II ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

YEAR

CHAMPION

POINTS

RUNNER-UP

POINTS

SITE

2017

???

???

????

???

West Windsor, N.J.

2016

Barry

20

Central Oklahoma

15

Gold River, Calif.

2015

Barry

20

Mercyhurst

15

Gold River, Calif.

2014

Humboldt State

16

Nova Southeastern

15

Indianapolis

2013

Nova Southeastern

20

Barry

15

Indianapolis

2012

Humboldt State

20

Western Washington

13

West Windsor, N.J.

2011

Western Washington

20

Mercyhurst

13

Gold River, Calif.

2010

Western Washington

20

Seattle Pacific

11

Lake Natoma, Calif.

2009

Western Washington

18

Mercyhurst

13

Cherry Hill, N.J.

2008

Western Washington

20

UC San Diego

15

Lake Natoma, Calif.

2007

Western Washington

20

UC San Diego

11

Knoxville, Tenn.

2006

Western Washington

20

Barry

15

West Windsor, N.J.

2005

Western Washington

20

Mercyhurst

12

Sacramento

2004

Mercyhurst

18

Humboldt State

17

Sacramento

2003

UC Davis

20

Western Washington

15

Indianapolis

2002

UC Davis

50

Western Washington

45

Indianapolis

 

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