GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The 13th-ranked Washington College women's rowing team, champion of the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference, is set to compete at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship Friday and Saturday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.
Six teams (the Shorewomen are joined by top-ranked Williams, second-ranked Bates, fifth-ranked Wellesley, seventh-ranked Pacific Lutheran, and 15th-ranked William Smith in the field) will vie for the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship by competing in both the I Eight and II Eight events. Two additional schools (third-ranked Wesleyan and fourth-ranked Ithaca) received at-large eight bids and will race in the I Eight only.
The I and II Eights will each conduct two heats (three boats in each heat in the II Eights, four in each heat in the I Eights) on Friday morning. The Shorewomen's first varsity eight will compete against Bates, Pacific Lutheran, and Wellesley in its heat at 11:48 a.m. Eastern (8:48 a.m. Pacific), while the second varsity eight will compete against Wellesley and Pacific Lutheran in its heat at 11:12 a.m. Eastern (8:12 a.m. Pacific).
The top two boats in each heat of the I Eight and first-place boat of each heat of the II Eight will advance directly to their respective grand finals. The remaining four boats in each event will compete in repechage races on Friday afternoon at 6:48 p.m. Eastern (3:48 p.m. Pacific) and 7:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Pacific) for the II and I Eights, respectively.
The top two boats from the repechage races will then advance to the grand finals. The remaining boats will race in the petite finals. All of the finals will be held on Saturday. The finals schedule is as follows:
2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific): II Eights Petite Final (places 5-6)
2:12 p.m. Eastern (11:12 a.m. Pacific): II Eights Grand Final (places 1-4)
2:24 p.m. Eastern (11:24 a.m. Pacific): I Eights Petite Final (places 7-8)
2:36 p.m. Eastern (11:36 a.m. Pacific): I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)
The NCAA Division III Champion will be determined by a points system accounting for both the I and II Eights. The two at-large boats in the I Eight (Wesleyan and Ithaca) are not eligible for points. The points system is as follows:
1st Place - 30 points
2nd Place - 27
3rd Place - 24
4th Place - 21
5th Place - 18
6th Place - 15
1st Place - 12 points
2nd Place - 10
3rd Place - 8
4th Place - 6
5th Place - 4
6th Place - 2
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