ROSEMONT, Ill. – A conference record five Big Ten teams were selected for the 2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, the NCAA Rowing Committee announced on Tuesday. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the first time five conference teams earned championship berths and the eighth time in the last nine years at least four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships.
The Buckeyes earned the conference's automatic berth into the field after winning their fifth-consecutive Big Ten Championship last weekend. Ohio State aims for its fourth national title in five years after earning the conference's third NCAA Rowing Championship in 2015. The Buckeyes are making their 18th consecutive appearance in the event. Additionally, one Ohio State boat aims to repeat as national champion, as the Buckeye first varsity eight earned an individual title last year.
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin earned at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers are making their fourth appearance in the event, while the Hawkeyes secured their second appearance in program history and first since 2001. The Wolverines earned their bid in the regatta for the 10th consecutive season and 16th time overall. The Badgers earned their 10th straight berth in the national championships and 14th appearance overall.
The 2017 NCAA Championships will be held May 26-28 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. The regatta includes 22 teams and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers.