NCAA Division I Rowing Championship
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The NCAA Division I Rowing Championship is a rowing championship held by the NCAA for Division I women's heavyweight (or openweight) collegiate crews. It was first held in 1997. In 2002, the NCAA added championships for Division II and Division III. All races are 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) long. The NCAA does not sponsor men's rowing (both heavyweight and lightweight) and women's lightweight rowing championships.
Automatic qualifier spots
Eleven rowing conferences each get one Automatic Qualifier spot by winning their conference points championship, except for the Ivy League whose Automatic Qualifier goes to the Varsity Eight winner. There are other 11 At-Large spots.
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships have three events (I Eights, II Eights, Fours), and twenty-two teams compete. Eleven teams are selected through automatic qualification based on conference results. An additional eleven at-large teams are selected by the NCAA Rowing Committee. In previous years an additional, four at-large I Eights are selected. As of 2009 all bids must be full teams. Teams are awarded points by their final placing in each event. The NCAA Champion is determined by the team which accumulates the most points. When teams are tied for points after the three events, the NCAA champion is determined by the team with the higher placing in the I Eight event.
At-large participants in the championships are selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee. The following criteria are used in selecting teams and individual boats:
- Regional championship results.
- Regional ranking.
- Late season performance.
- Head-to-head results.
- Results versus team already selected.
- Results versus common opponents.
- Results versus regionally ranked team.
|Brown||7||1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011|
|Washington||4||1997, 1998, 2001, 2017|
|California||4||2005, 2006, 2016, 2018|
|Ohio State||3||2013, 2014, 2015|
The first women’s collegiate championship was held in 1980 at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. National champions were declared from the varsity eight race. California won the first collegiate championship. Below is a list of Women’s National Collegiate varsity eight champions:
- 1996 – Brown
- 1995 – Princeton
- 1994 – Princeton
- 1993 – Princeton
- 1992 – Boston University
- 1991 – Boston University
- 1990 – Princeton
- 1989 – Cornell
- 1988 – Washington
- 1987 – Washington
- 1986 – Wisconsin
- 1985 – Washington
- 1984 – Washington
- 1983 – Washington
- 1982 – Washington (AIAW champion)
- 1981 – Washington
- 1980 – California
(Source: Washington Crew Press Guide)
Prior to 1980, college boats entered the National Women’s Rowing Association National Championships (what is now the USRowing National Championships). Below is a list of NWRA open eights champions from 1971-1979 (no eights prior to 1971). The top college finisher is in parentheses:
- 1979 – Burnaby BC (top college Yale)
- 1978 – Burnaby BC (top college Wisconsin)
- 1977 – Vesper Boat Club (top college Wisconsin)
- 1976 – College Boat Club (top college Wisconsin)
- 1975 – University of Wisconsin
- 1974 – Vesper Boat Club (top college Radcliffe)
- 1973 – Radcliffe College
- 1972 – College Boat Club (top college Washington)
- 1971 – Vesper Boat Club (top college Washington)
- 1997 — Sabina Telenska, Denni Nessler, Kelly Horton, Katy Dunnet, Annie Christie, Jan Williamson, Tristine Glick, Kari Green, Alida Purves (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville
- 1998 — Sabina Telenska, Denni Nessler, Kelly Horton, Katy Dunnet, Annie Christie, Rachel Dunnet, Vanessa Tavalero, Kari Green, Missy Collins (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville
- 1999 — Caroline Grogan, Erin Kelley, Amy Meyers, Nina Carter, Kellie Walker, Anda Adams, Rachel Anderson, Portia Johnson, Kate Saul (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy
- 2000 — Portia Johnson, Rachel Anderson, Anda Adams, Kellie Walker, Jessica Lanning, Liane Malcos, Erin Kelley, Caroline Grogan, Kate Saul (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy
- 2001 — Annabel Ritchie, Nicole Rogers, Carrie Stasiak, Adrienne Hunter, Rika Geyser, Anna Mickelson, Nicole Borges, Lauren Estevenin, Mary Whipple (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville
- 2002 — Lauren Estevenin, Annabel Ritchie, Anna Mickelson, Heidi Hurn, Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak, Kara Nykreim, Yvonneke Stenken, Mary Whipple (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville
- 2003 — Sarah Marvel, Courtney Brown, Caryn Davies, Anna Brock, Lis Lambert, Heather Schofield, Caroline Fisher, Tasha Pasternack, Julie Gluck (cox), Head Coach: Liz O'Leary
- 2004 — Deborah Dryer, Meg Anderson, Catherine Starr, Karen Prazar, Rachel Dearborn, Natalia Obolensky, Marie Walcott, Gillian Almy, Mira Mehta (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy
- 2005 — Erin Cafaro, Mara Allen, Erin Reinhardt, Iva Obradović, Kim Atkinson, Laura Terheyden, Kaylan Vander Schilden, Jelena Djukic, Remy Hitomi (cox), Head Coach: Dave O'Neill
- 2006 — Caroline Lind, Kristin Haraldsdottir, Jackie Zider, Devan Darby, Andréanne Morin, Carrie Kruse, Genevra "Gevvie" Stone, Kate Bertko, Elizabeth Agnew (cox), Head Coach: Lori Dauphiny
- 2007 — Rachel Jeffers, Tess Gerrand, Christine Geiser, Jamie Redman, Taylor Ritzel, Amanda Rich, Alice Henly, Christine Glandorf, Emily Cleveland (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter
- 2008 — Taylor Ritzel, Christina Person, Tess Gerrand, Jamie Redman, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash, Christine Glandorf, Mia Kanak (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter
- 2009 — Erika Roddy, Di Eaton, Elle Logan, Grace Luczak, Julie Smith, Lindsay Meyer, Michelle Vezie, Adrienne Fritsch, Jenna Levy (cox), Head Coach: Yasmin Farooq
- 2010 — Taylor Ritzel, Tess Gerrand, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash, Catherine Hart, Stephanie Madner, Dara Dickson, Mia Kanak (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter
- 2011 — Lauren Wilkinson, Kelsey Reelick, Emily Reynolds, Michaela Strand, Heidi Robbins, Kelly Pierce, Molly Hamrick, Ashton Brown, Lila Flavin (cox), Head Coach: Lori Dauphiny
- 2012 — Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton, Carli Goldberg, Sidney Thorsten (cox), Head Coach: Kevin Sauer
- 2013 — Agatha Nowinski, Erica Rippe, Paparangi Hipango, Kara Kohler, Jenn Helssen, Kendall Chase, Maggie Simpson, Clair Premzic, Rachel Ersted (cox), Head Coach: Dave O'Neill
- 2014 — Claire-Louise Bode, Holly Norton, Catherine Shields, Stephanie Williams, Ashley Bauer, Eelkje Miedema, Elodie Ravera, Aina Cid Centelles, Victoria Lazur (cox), Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
- 2015 — Rachel Engel, Aina Cid Centelles, Anna Ralph, Stephanie Williams, Ashley Bauer, Sarah Davis, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Sami Jurofsky (cox), Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
- 2016 — Sarah Davis, Catherine Shields, Stephanie Williams, Anne Dietrich, Cassandra Johnson, Anna Ralph, Alice Riley, Rachel Engel, Sarah Asad (cox), Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
- 2017 — Chiara Ondoli, Elise Beuke, Brooke Pierson, Katy Gillingham, Brooke Mooney, Tabea Schendekehl, Jess Thoennes, Annemieke Schanze, Phoebe Marks-Nicholes (cox), Head Coach: Yasmin Farooq
- Intercollegiate Women's Varsity Eights
- Intercollegiate Rowing Association Women's Varsity Lightweight Eights Champions
- NCAA Division II Rowing Championship
- NCAA Division III Rowing Championship