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Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Selected for NCAA Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Radcliffe is heading back to the NCAA Rowing Championships. The Black and White heavyweight crew was selected to the Division I championship field, which was announced Tuesday evening on NCAA.com.

The Black and White will be one of 16 teams vying for a national championship May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Radcliffe is ranked 12th nationally and is one of five Ivy League teams to earn an NCAA bid.

The varsity eight will race in Heat 3 Friday, May 27, facing Stanford, Southern California, Washington State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, looking to advance to the semifinals the following afternoon. Those crews not advancing directly to the semifinals will race in repechages Friday afternoon for the remaining semifinal berths. The top three teams from each semifinal will move on to Sunday’s grand final.

The Radcliffe varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four all reached their respective grand finals at Sunday’s EAWRC Sprints. The varsity went 11-4 during the dual season, defeating its final eight head-to-head opponents, including Big Ten-runner-up Ohio State and EAWRC medalist Dartmouth.

It is Radcliffe’s 13th selection in the 15-year history of the NCAA regatta. The Black and White earned a varsity eight bid in 1997 and then team berths in eight straight seasons and again in 2007, ’08 and ’09. Radcliffe won the NCAA team and varsity eight championships in 2003.

Participating Teams, 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships
Michigan State
Ohio State
Southern California
Washington State