May 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's rowing team will compete in the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year, as announced today (Tuesday, May 21) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Wolverines will be competing in the national tournament for the 14th time in their 17 years as a varsity program.
"We are elated to be competing for a national championship against the best field in our sport," said head coach Mark Rothstein. "This competition has always brought the best out of our team and I know that we will be ready for the challenge."
Twenty-two (22) teams earn the right to battle for the national title at the NCAA Championships, which include 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 towards the overall team championship.
The Wolverines will enter the championship as the 12th seed in the first varsity eight, 15th seed in the second varsity eight and the 13th 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 Championship last weekend, U-M will return to Eagle Creek Park and Indianapolis for the 2013 NCAA Championships. The competition will begin Friday, May 31, and run through Sunday, June 2.
Michigan was the national runner-up in 2012, matching its highest finish ever at the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines' 2V8 boat rowed to the national title last season, helping propel the team to a second-place showing.
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 12 times.
All-session and single-session tickets for the championships can be purchased at www.NCAA.com/tickets through May 29. Beginning May 30, tickets are available on-site (cash only). All-session tickets are $40, while student and senior citizen tickets are $25. The tickets include all three days of competition. Single-session tickets are $15, while student and senior citizen are $10. Parking information is available at www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.
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