Rowing Headed to NCAA Championships

May 15, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s rowing program will race for its eighth national championship, as the Vikings were announced as one of the four programs that will compete in the NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing Championships.

The championships will be held May 26-28 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey, with the Ivy League and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference serving as hosts. The championship will also feature the Division I and Division III programs competing for national championships at their respective divisions.

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. During the 2017 season, WWU won 21 of 28 races, including dominating performances at the San Diego Crew Classic and the WIRA Championships.

The team championship is composed of four teams, with each team required to field 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) will race for the 2017 Division II National Championship, while Florida Tech and Barry will compete in just the Eight competition.

"Our goal is to have our best performance, execute the race plan to the letter, and stay in the moment,” said 19th-year head coach John Fuchs. “It is always a thrill to compete at this regatta and I am sure the team is excited to go.”

Western 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.

WWU is scheduled to race in the first heat out of lane three in both the Varsity 8 (11:24 am ET/8:24 am PT) and Varsity 4 (11:48 am ET/8:48 am PT) on the first day of completion (Friday, May 26). The winners of each heat advance directly to the Grand Finals held Sunday morning, while the repechage will be held Saturday morning.

More information on the complete race schedule, live streaming information and live results will be sent out closer to the regatta.

EIGHTS: HEAT A

SCHOOL

LANE

Western Washington

3

Mercyhurst

4

Barry

2

 

EIGHTS: HEAT B

SCHOOL

LANE

Central Oklahoma

3

Florida Tech

4

UC San Diego

2

 

FOURS: HEAT A

SCHOOL

LANE

Western Washington

3

Central Oklahoma

4

 

FOURS: HEAT B

SCHOOL

LANE

Mercyhurst

3

UC San Diego

4