NCAA Rowing Championships Open Friday

May 25, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s rowing program will take to the waters of Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey on Friday to begin its quest for an eighth NCAA Division II National Championship.

The Vikings are one of four Division II teams that will compete in the NCAA Rowing Championships over the Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, competing for the national championship at the Division I, II and III levels. This marks the 16th time in the 17 years of the event that WWU is part of the regatta.

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.

“The team had a fine spring for sure. We couldn't be happier with their progress after the tough winter,” said 19th-year head coach John Fuchs. “We like their focus and grit. We feel we have the right people in the right positions now. It will be up to them to execute their race plans.”

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 NCAA regatta obviously is the culmination of the year, but it is the eight months of work leading up to it, that we really focus on,” added Fuchs. “We are excited to see how it plays out. We are very respectful of the other teams that have qualified. They are historically solid programs with good coaches. It should be a great event.”

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.

“Rowing

The Vikings Varsity 8+ lineup will open the competition in the first of two heats of the eight-oared boats at 11:24 am ET/8:24 am PT, racing out of Lane 3 against Mercyhurst (Lane 4) and Barry (Lane 2).

The Varsity 4+ will follow in the first heat at 11:48 am ET/8:48 am ET in Lane 3, going head-to-head against Central Oklahoma.

The winners of each heat of the fours and eights will advance to Sunday’s Grand Final, while all other crews will race in Saturday’s repechage. The following is a detailed layout of how the 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 are scheduled to be the following for the Eights and Fours:

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.

YEAR

CHAMPION

POINTS

RUNNER-UP

POINTS

HOST OR SITE

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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