May 17, 2009
The University of Michigan rowing team captured the Central Region title on Sunday at the Aramark South/Central Regional Sprints on Melton Hill Lake. The Wolverines accumulated 348 points to edge Ohio State (328) for the regional crown. Wisconsin (321), Michigan State (320) and Iowa (241) round out the top-five regional finishers, while Minnesota (231) and Indiana (121) checked in at sixth and eighth place, respectively.
Four Big Ten squads dominated the top-five spots in the overall team standings, with Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State claiming second, third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. Virginia clinched the overall and South Region titles with 387 team points.
The seven teams will await the announcement of NCAA National Regatta bids on Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m. (ET). Twelve teams from across the country will receive team bids for individual crews. Additionally, four schools will earn at-large bids for the first varsity eight only. The 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships will be conducted May 29-31 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Villanova University will serve as host.