Field Set For The 2017 NCAA Rowing Championships
May 18, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee has selected the teams that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships.
The championships will be held May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, with The Ivy League and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference serving as hosts.
The Zags are one of 22 teams, including 11 automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large bids. GU qualified automatically for the fourth time in the last five seasons after winning the West Coast Conference title in dominating fashion over the weekend.
The automatic qualifiers include Gonzaga, Central Florida, Washington, Jacksonville, Princeton, Massachusetts, Navy, Northeastern, Ohio State, Texas, and Virginia. The at-large teams are Brown California, Michigan, Stanford, Wisconsin, Yale, Syracuse, Washington State, Indiana, Iowa, and Notre Dame.
GU’s varsity eight boat is seeded number 18, their second varsity eight is seeded number 17, and their varsity four crew is seeded number 13.
The Zags recorded their best finish in program history last year at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma, finishing 16th overall with 45 points. The varsity eight had their best finish at the event, taking second in the C Final to finish 14th overall. The second varsity eight also had their best finish in NCAA Championships history, taking 16th after finishing fourth in the C Final. The varsity four took 19th after taking first in the D Final.
The Bulldogs won their third-straight West Coast Conference Championship with their second three-race sweep in program history on Saturday on Lake Natoma just outside of Sacramento. The Bulldogs claimed their 16th WCC Championship in program history and the performance tied the best in school history, as they swept the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four races for the first time since 2008.
Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third-straight time and eighth time overall. Freshman Alexa Jadallah was named the WCC Coxswain of the Year after leading GU to victory in the varsity eight race. Freshman Caroline Maguire was tabbed the newcomer of the year, rowing with GU’s top crew this season. Micailah Donner, Olivia Marsh, Meghan McCallum, and Isabelle Belzil were all named All-WCC, as all four were named Preseason All-WCC. All four rowed with GU’s top crew this season and are all first time All-WCC selections.
The NCAA team championship is composed of 22 teams. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field. Teams qualifying for the championship as an automatic qualifier or as an at-large are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. For the I Eights, II Eights and Fours, all 22 boats will be seeded into four heats.
05/11/2017 - Zags Lead The WCC With Four First Team All-Academic Selections
05/10/2017 - Zags' Varsity Eight Takes WCC Crew Of The Month
04/23/2017 - V8 Takes C Final Title At Clemson Invite
04/22/2017 - Zags Put In Full Day At The Clemson Invitational
04/19/2017 - (RV) Zags Join Crowded Field At Clemson Invitational
04/13/2017 - GU Varsity 4 Named WCC Crew Of The Month
04/09/2017 - (RV) Zags Beat Notre Dame Twice On Final Day
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