BERKELEY – No. 4 California women’s crew received its 16th-straight selection to the NCAA Rowing Championships as the 22-school field was announced on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears, ranked No. 4 nationally in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, will compete in the national championship event, May 30 - June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis with the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation serving as co-hosts.
Cal is one of six Pac-12 crews to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships, along with Stanford, USC, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. The 22-team field also includes Boston U., Jacksonville, Louisville, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Oklahoma, Princeton, San Diego, Virginia, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and defending champion Ohio State.
The three-day event includes the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four boats racing in heats on Friday and Saturday and culminating with the grand final on Sunday.
Cal will race in the third heat of the varsity eight, facing off against Northeastern, UCLA, Princeton, Washington State and Jacksonville.
The Bears' second varsity eight will race in the third heat against Northeastern, Indiana, Ohio State, Harvard and Jacksonville.
The varsity four will race in the second heat against Northeastern, Harvard, Virginia and UCLA.
Last year, Cal claimed the varsity eight title for the first time since 2005, as the Bears were just two points shy of NCAA-title-winning Ohio State in the overall team standings. Cal’s second varsity eight finished second to the Buckeyes and the varsity four won the “B” final.
The Bears have placed in the top-three as a team each of the past six years, finishing third in 2008, 2011 and 2012, and second in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Cal won the NCAA team title in 2005 and 2006.
This past Sunday, Cal placed third at Pac-12 Championship in Gold River at Lake Natoma. The Bears earned bronze medal finishes in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four races, with a fourth place finish in the novice eight race.
You can follow the Bears as they prepare for the NCAA Championships and for live race updates on their official Twitter handle @CalWCrew.