Big Ten Rowing Set For NCAA Championships
May 26, 2011
The NCAA Division I Rowing Committee awarded four Big Ten schools with bids into the 2011 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. The championships will be held May 27-29 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. For the second consecutive year, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned spots among the 16-team field. Each Big Ten school is in search of its first NCAA Championship.
The regatta is comprised of 16 teams, and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers.
All four Big Ten participants are currently ranked among the top 20 in the country according to the latest US Rowing/CRCA Coaches Poll. No. 8 Ohio State leads all conference schools, followed by No. 10 Michigan State, No. 14 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin.
Following a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, Michigan is making its 12th overall and third-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines have earned seven top-five finishes at the national regatta, the last coming in 2008.
After earning its fourth-straight varsity eight title at the Big Ten Championships, Michigan State was selected to its 13th championships in the last 14 seasons. The Spartans finished ninth at last season's national regatta and have picked up top-10 finishes in each of their last five NCAA Championships appearances.
Big Ten Champion Ohio State appears in the regatta for the 13th time and has been selected to the last 12 championships. The Buckeyes have earned five top-five finishes at the championships, including a program-best third-place effort in 2007.
Wisconsin is making its seventh NCAA Championships berth in the last eight years. The Badgers' bid to the national event is their fourth consecutive, marking the first time in school history the program will compete in four straight championships.
The four conference schools will be joined by 12 other teams from across the nation -- Brown, California, Clemson, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, USC, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, defending champion Virginia and Yale.