A Look at the Regatta
* The CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif., is the site of the ninth NCAA Women's Rowing National Championships this Friday-Sunday, May 27-29. Since the advent of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in 1997, this year will mark the fourth time the CSUS Aquatic Center and Sacramento State have served as hosts (1997, 1999, 2004, 2005). Each of the Div. I, Div. II and Div. III championships will be held during the three-day regatta with the Div. III champion crowned on Saturday, and the Div. I and Div. II champions crowned on Sunday. The participating schools (16 Div. I schools, six Div. II schools, and eight Div. III schools) received notice of their selections from the NCAA selections committee on May 10 (Div. III) and May 17 (Div. I and Div. II). More than 600 student-athletes encompassing the 30 teams will take part in the championships.
* The three-day regatta is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday with preliminary heats. Repechage heats (second-chance heats) will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday morning, Repechage heats run from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. The Div. III petite final (11:15 a.m.) and grand final (11:30 a.m.) conclude Saturday's racing with the Div. III national champion crowned at an awards ceremony scheduled for 12:15 p.m. A total of nine races are featured on Sunday, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and running until noon. The Div. I varsity four championship will be decided at 10:45 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight grand final (11:15 a.m.) and varsity eight grand final (noon). The Div. II national champion will be announced at an awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m., and the Div. I national champion will be honored at an awards ceremony at 12:45 p.m.
* The Div. I category features a team championship comprised of 12 teams, with each required to field a varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boat. In addition, four at-large varsity eight boats from institutions not represented in the team competition are selected. However, the four at-large selections will not score points toward the team championship. The 12 Div. I teams are comprised of Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, USC, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale. The field of 12 teams is virtually the same as last year, except USC replaced Washington State this season. The four at-large varsity eight boats will come from the following institutions: Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCLA.
* Brown, who is the defending Div. I national champion, has won four national championships (1999-00, 2002, 2004) while Washington (1997-98, 2001) and Harvard (2003) have combined for the other four national championships. Brown, Princeton, Virginia and Washington are the only teams to reach the NCAA Championships all nine years. Finishing behind Brown at last year's NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma were Yale, Michigan, Cal and Washington, respectively, to round out the top five. Cal, which is currently ranked first in the nation, won the Pac-10 Championships on May 15 at Lake Natoma. The 2002 season marked the first time there were separate national championships for Div. I, Div. II and Div. III. From 1997-01, all three divisions competed against each other with one national champion being crowned.
* The Div. II category features a team championship comprised of four teams, with each required to field a varsity eight and a varsity four. In addition, two at-large varsity eights from institutions not represented in the team competition were selected. The four institutions in the team competition are Western Washington (West Region), Nova Southeastern (South Region), Mercyhurst College (East Region) and Florida Tech (At-Large Team). The two at-large eights are Barry and UC San Diego. Mercyhurst won last year's Div. II championship with 18 points, narrowly edging second-place Humboldt State (17 points). UC Davis, which moved to Div. I status last year, won the Div. II national championship in 2002 and 2003 with Western Washington finishing as the runner-ups during each of those seasons.
* The Div. III national championships is now comprised of six teams each required to field a varsity eight and a second varsity eight. For the first time, the Div. III championships will also consist of two at-large varsity eights from institutions not represented in the team competition. The institutions represented in the team competition are comprised of Trinity (Connecticut), Colby, Ithaca, Puget Sound, Smith, and Williams, with the two at-large boats coming from Coast Guard and Tufts. Ithaca beat out second-place Smith to win last year's national championship while Colby was victorious in 2003 and Williams in 2002.
Tickets for the 2005 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships can be obtained through the Sacramento State Ticket Office (916-278-2222) and at the CSUS Aquatic Center throughout the competition.
Three-Day Package General Admission: $20 Sacramento State students with One Card/Seniors (60 and older)/Youth 2-13: $10
Friday, May 27 General Admission: $5 Sacramento State students with One Card/Seniors (60 and older)/Youth 2-13: $3
Saturday, May 28 General Admission: $10 Sacramento State students with One Card/Seniors (60 and older)/Youth 2-13: $5
Sunday, May 29 General Admission: $10 Sacramento State students with One Card/Seniors (60 and older)/Youth 2-13: $5
Directions to the Aquatic Center The CSUS Aquatic Center is located off Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova, Calif., approximately 13 miles east of the Sacramento State campus.
From Sacramento State Take Highway 50 East to Hazel Ave. exit. Make a left on Hazel. You can the take your first right (into the Lake Natoma park side).
From the Bay Area Take Interstate 80 East. Merge onto Highway 50 East (just before reaching Sacramento). Take the Hazel Ave. exit. (about 21 miles after merging onto Hwy 50). Make a left on Hazel. You can the take your first right (into the Lake Natoma park side).
From the Sacramento Airport Take Interstate 5 South. Go about 10 miles before merging onto Highway 50 East. Go about 17 miles until taking the Hazel Ave. exit. Make a left on Hazel. You can the take your first right (into the Lake Natoma park side).
* Practice times for participating teams at the CSUS Aquatic Center are as follows: Wednesday, May 25 from 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, May 26 from 7 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 27 from 6-7 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 28 from 6-8 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.; Sunday, May 29 from 6:45-8:45 a.m. (Divisions I and II only).
Results * Real-time results of the NCAA Rowing Championships can be accessed at: http://www.jamcotimes.com/2005/ncaaw/index.htm
* At the conclusion of each day of racing, stories and complete results can be found at: http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/wcrew/championship/results.asp
* Results will also be posted on the NCAA web page at www.ncaasports.com