Virginia, Clemson Named to NCAA Rowing Championship Field

May 18, 2010

Third-ranked Virginia and 14th-ranked Clemson have been named to the 16-team field for the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships, which will be held May 28-30 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.

The selection for Virginia marks the 13th time in the 14-year history of the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships that Virginia has earned a berth to the competition and it marks Clemson’s third straight appearances in the NCAAs.

Virginia and Clemson will field a First Varsity Eight, a Second Varsity Eight, a First Varsity Four and Novice Eight boats in the competition.

Clemson is the defending National Champion in the First Varsity Four, but Virginia finished fourth nationally in last year’s Rowing team competition. Clemson finished 12th.

The Cavaliers were crowned overall team champion and won the South Region at South/Central Regional Championships last weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Virginia has competed in 12 NCAA Championships, finishing as a runner-up three times (most recently in 2007). Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight finished in first place at NCAAs in 1998, 1999 and 2005, while the Varsity Four was national champions in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

The ACC was one of four Conferences to have more than one team selected joining the Pac-10 Conference (5), the Ivy League (3) and Big Ten Conference (4) as leagues with two or more schools chosen for the Championship. Teams Receiving bids to the NCAA Rowing Championships besides Virginia and Clemson included Brown, top-ranked California, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Yale.