May 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's rowing team will compete at the NCAA Championships for the seventh straight year, the NCAA announced today (Tuesday, May 20) in a selection show. The Wolverines will be competing for a national championship for the 15th time in their 18 years as a varsity program.
"It's an honor to compete at the NCAA Championships," head coach Mark Rothstein said. "It's something that we don't take for granted, and we want to maximize this opportunity."
Michigan is one of 22 teams competing at the NCAA Championships, set to be held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Racing will include the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four races. The three boats from each school will compete for individual national titles while earning points toward the overall team championship.
The Wolverines will enter the championship as the eighth seed in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight and the ninth seed in the varsity four. Michigan earned one of the 11 at-large selections to the tournament field.
After a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships last weekend, Michigan will return to the same venue for the NCAA Championships. The national competition will begin Friday, May 30, and run through Sunday, June 1. Michigan will leave for Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday (May 23) to begin training for the NCAA Championships.
"It's good to get down there for some good, focused training," Rothstein said. "With Indiana qualifying for the first time, we're really excited for them. It's really generous of them to allow us to train at their facility."
U-M has placed in the top five in eight of its 14 NCAA appearances and has placed in the top 10 a total of 11 times. The Wolverines were the national runner-up in 2012, their highest finish ever at the NCAA Rowing Championships. The Michigan 2V8 boat won a national championship, helping the Wolverines to second place behind Virginia.
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Divisions I, II, and III Women's Rowing Championships are on sale to the general public. All-session and single-session adult and student/senior tickets can be purchased through www.NCAA.com/tickets.
All-session tickets are $40 and all-session student/senior tickets are available for $25. Single-session tickets are available for $15 and single-session student/senior tickets are $10. [ Parking Information ]
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