Virginia, Syracuse, Duke Earn Bids to NCAA Rowing Championship


ACC Has Three Teams Invited for the First Time; Blue Devils Earn First-Ever NCAA team Invitation, Syracuse Garners Second

GREENSBORO, NC — The Atlantic Coast Conference Tuesday placed three teams in the NCAA Division 1 Rowing Championship field for the first time, as Virginia, Duke and Syracuse all received bids to the NCAA Rowing Championship, which will be held May 27-29 at the Sacramento Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

2016 ACC Champion Virginia earned the ACC’s automatic bid by winning the ACC Championship last week for the 16th time. The NCAA invitation for the Cavaliers, coached by Kevin Sauer, was their 19th bid in the 20 years of the NCAA Championship and 10th consecutive bid. UVA won the NCAA Championship in 2010 at Gold River and also won in 2012 at West Windsor, New Jersey, and finished fifth last year.

Duke earned its first-ever NCAA team invitation under new head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno. The Blue Devils finished tied for second at this ACC Championships, placing second to Virginia in the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four at the ACC Championship.

Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, earned only its second team invitation to the NCAA Championship. The Orange tied Duke for second place in the team standings at the ACC Championship. Their lone previous team invitation came in 2002.

Virginia, ranked fifth nationally in the CRCA weekly poll last week, earned three top seeds for its crews. The Cavaliers were seeded fifth in the First Varsity Eight, fifth in the Second Varsity Eight and third in the First Varsity Four. The Cavaliers captured the national title in the First Varsity Four last year.

Duke, ranked 19th nationally last week before its ACC Championship performance, was seeded 14th in the First Varsity Eight, 11th in the Second Varsity Eight and 12th in the First Varsity Four.

Syracuse, ranked 16th nationally last week, was seeded 16th in the First Varsity Eight, 16th in the Second Varsity Eight and 14th in the First Varsity Four.