Ivy Champion Radcliffe Named to NCAA Championships Field
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe
heavyweight crew, fresh off a league-title performance at the
inaugural Ivy League Championship, has been selected to compete in
the NCAA Rowing Championships for the 14th time in the 16-year
history of the event.
The Black and White will be one of 16 teams vying for a national championship May 25-27 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Radcliffe is ranked 13th nationally and is one of five Ivy League teams to earn an NCAA bid. An Ivy squad has won five of the last six NCAA varsity eight titles, with the Ancient Eight champion adding a national title on four of those occasions.
The Radcliffe varsity eight opens the competition May 25 in a heat against Virginia, Washington and Ivy League rivals Yale and Brown, seeking a top-three finish and semifinal berth. 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 of Saturday’s semifinal will move on to Sunday’s grand final.
The same format is used for the second varsity eight and varsity four events. Radcliffe will race Ohio State, Princeton, Cornell, Washington and Michigan State in its second varsity heat. The varsity four will take on California, Princeton, Michigan State and Cornell.
Radcliffe won Ivy gold in two of the three NCAA-level events, the varsity eight and varsity four. The Black and White second varsity eight placed fourth. The varsity eight, which owns a 9-6 dual record, faces two of its most familiar rivals. Radcliffe lost to both Brown and Yale in the dual season but defeated the Bears and Bulldogs in the Ivy grand final. The Black and White has not raced Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia or Pac-12 bronze medalist Washington this season.
The Black and White will race in the NCAA regatta for the second straight year. Radcliffe earned a varsity eight bid in 1997 and then team berths in eight straight seasons and again in 2007, ’08, ’09 and last season. Radcliffe won the NCAA team and varsity eight championships in 2003, the last year it won the Ivy League title.
2012 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Selections