The NCAA Rowing Championship is a rowing championship held by the NCAA for Division I, II and III 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 meters long. Men's rowing (both heavyweight and lightweight) and women's lightweight rowing are not part of the NCAA and have separate championships.
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships have 312 competitors (344 including spares) and three events (I Eights, II Eights, Fours). Twelve teams are selected, each of which is required to field a team of two eights and one four. 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.
Participants in the championships are selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee. One team from each region is selected. The following criteria are used in selecting teams and individual boats:
|Year||School||Winner of I Eight event|
|2012||Virginia||Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton, Carli Goldberg, Sidney Thorsten (cox), Head Coach: Kevin Sauer|
|2011||Princeton||Lauren Wilkinson, Kelsey Reelick, Emily Reynolds, Michaela Strand, Heidi Robbins, Kelly Pierce, Molly Hamrick, Ashton Brown, Lila Flavin (cox), Head Coach: Lori Dauphiny|
|2010||Yale||Taylor Ritzel, Tess Gerrand, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash, Catherine Hart, Stephanie Madner, Dara Dickson, Mia Kanak (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter|
|2009||Stanford||Erika Roddy, Di Eaton, Elle Logan, Grace Luczak, Julie Smith, Lindsay Meyer, Michelle Vezie, Adrienne Fritsch, Jenna Levy (cox), Head Coach: Yasmin Farooq|
|2008||Yale||Taylor Ritzel, Christina Person, Tess Gerrand, Jamie Redman, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash, Christine Glandorf, Mia Kanak (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter|
|2007||Yale||Rachel Jeffers, Tess Gerrand, Christine Geiser, Jamie Redman, Taylor Ritzel, Amanda Rich, Alice Henly, Christine Glandorf, Emily Cleveland (cox), Head Coach: Will Porter|
|2006||Princeton||Caroline Lind, Kristin Haraldsdottir, Jackie Zider, Devan Darby, Andreanne Morin, Carrie Kruse, Genevra "Gevvie" Stone, Kate Bertko, Elizabeth Agnew (cox), Head Coach: Lori Dauphiny|
|2005||California||Erin Cafaro, Mara Allen, Erin Reinhardt, Iva Obradovic, Kim Atkinson, Laura Terheyden, Kaylan Vander Schilden, Jelena Djukic, Remy Hitomi (cox), Head Coach: Dave O'Neill|
|2004||Brown||Deborah Dryer, Meg Anderson, Catherine Starr, Karen Prazar, Rachel Dearborn, Natalia Obolensky, Marie Walcott, Gillian Almy, Mira Mehta (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy|
|2003||Radcliffe||Sarah Marvel, Courtney Brown, Caryn Davies, Anna Brock, Lis Lambert, Heather Schofield, Caroline Fisher, Tasha Pasternack, Julie Gluck (cox), Head Coach: Liz O'Leary|
|2002||Washington||Lauren Estevenin, Annabel Ritchie, Anna Mickelson, Heidi Hurn, Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak, Kara Nykreim, Yvonneke Stenken, Mary Whipple (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville|
|2001||Washington||Annabel Ritchie, Nicole Rogers, Carrie Stasiak, Adrienne Hunter, Rika Geyser, Anna Mickelson, Nicole Borges, Lauren Estevenin, Mary Whipple (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville|
|2000||Brown||Portia Johnson, Rachel Anderson, Anda Adams, Kellie Walker, Jessica Lanning, Liane Malcos, Erin Kelley, Caroline Grogan, Kate Saul (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy|
|1999||Brown||Caroline Grogan, Erin Kelley, Amy Meyers, Nina Carter, Kellie Walker, Anda Adams, Rachel Anderson, Portia Johnson, Kate Saul (cox), Head Coach: John Murphy|
|1998||Washington||Sabina Telenska, Denni Nessler, Kelly Horton, Katy Dunnet, Annie Christie, Rachel Dunnet, Vanessa Tavalero, Kari Green, Missy Collins (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville|
|1997||Washington||Sabina Telenska, Denni Nessler, Kelly Horton, Katy Dunnet, Annie Christie, Jan Williamson, Tristine Glick, Kari Green, Alida Purves (cox), Head Coach: Jan Harville|
The NCAA Division II Women's Rowing Championships comprise 68 total competitors (86 including spares) and two events, varsity eights and fours. Four teams are selected, each of which is required to field an eight and a four. Two additional at-large schools are selected to field only an eight. The following criteria are used in selecting teams and individual boats:
|2011||Western Washington University|
|2010||Western Washington University|
|2009||Western Washington University|
|2008||Western Washington University||8+ Head Coach: John Fuchs|
|2007||Western Washington University||8+ Head Coach: John Fuchs|
|2006||Western Washington University||8+ Staci Reynolds, Julia Gamache, Jordon Tobler, Lindsay Mann-King, Rebecca Willms, Metta Gilbert, Samantha Marikis, Amelia Whitcomb, Elisabeth Johnson (cox), Head Coach: John Fuchs|
|2006||Western Washington University||4+ Hilary Gastwirth, Katie Saelens, Katrina Anderson, Kirsten Mathers, Coree Naslund (cox) Head Coach: John Fuchs|
|2005||Western Washington University||8+ Julia Gamache, Staci Reynolds, Lindsay Mann-King, Kailyn McGrath, Metta Gilbert, Gail Lumsden, Amelia Whitcomb, Stephanie Parker, Krissy Whaley (cox)|
|2005||Western Washington University||4+ Courtney Moeller, Samantha Marikis, Tayna Kaufman, Jordan Tobler, Elisabeth Johnson (cox) Head Coach: John Fuchs|
|2004||Mercyhurst||Kerri Kanaley, Courtney Oke, Chelsea Boothe, Meg Bryant, Megan Holloway, Kristin Best, Kristen Ficorilli, Jill Natale, Naomi Petendra (Cox)|
|2003||UC Davis||Kari Harris, Ashley Montross, Becky Anderson, Kalie Benson, Brooke Forniciari, Shelley Best (Michelle Best-Rosinsky), Kerry Bryne, Cassie Drotman, Katie Borg (cox)|
|2002||UC Davis||Analise Zoller, Brooke Forniciari, Julie Madsen, Kerry Bryne, Brooke Roberts, Sara Deleon, Shelley Best (Michelle Best-Rosinsky), Sabrina Litton, Sarah Whipple (cox)|
The NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships comprise 126 total competitors (148 including spares) and one event, varsity and second varsity eights together. Each race is 2,000 meters long. Six teams are selected, each of which is required to field two eights. In addition, as of 2005 two "at-large" boats are selected to enable representation by teams that have a single fast crew but not the depth for two competitive boats. The following criteria are used in selecting teams and individual boats:
If an analysis of the primary criteria by the committee does not result in a decision, the remainder of the institutions schedule, including out-of-region play and competition against Division I and II institutions, and nonmember institutions, and late season results will also be considered.
There are three rounds of racing over two days. First, there are two heats of seven boats. The first- and second-seeded crews are assured of being in separate heats, but the other boats are assigned randomly. The winner of each heat advances automatically to the grand final the next day, places 2-4 advance to the grand final qualifier, and places 5-7 go to the petite final qualifier. Both qualifiers are run later that day. From the grand final qualifier, the top four boats advance to the grand final (joining the two winners of the heats), and places 5 and 6 advance to the petite final. From the petite final qualifier, the top four boats advance to the petite final, and the other two are excluded from further racing. The grand-final decides places 1-6 for the championship (including the gold, silver, and bronze crews), and the petite final decides places 7-12; places 13 and 14 are the sixth- and seventh-place boats respectively from the petite final qualifier.
The individual boat champion is the winner of the grand final. The team champion is the one that records the lowest combined score for both boats. Each boat earns 1-12 points, reflecting how it finished relative to the field (ignoring the at-large boats). Ties in total points are broken by consideration of which team had the faster first varsity eight.
|2012||Williams||Dana Golden, Annie Haley, Jane McClellan, Lindsay Olsen, Abbie Deal, Emma Pelegri-O'Day, Julia May, Dorothy MacAusland, Fiona Wilkes (cox), Head Coach: Kate Maloney|
|2011||Williams||Anna Soybel, Adrienne Darrow, Dana Golden, Annie Haley, Abbie Deal, Lindsay Olsen, Kate Shaper, Emma Pelegri-O'Day, Becca Licht (cox), (Interim) Head Coach: Brad Hemmerly|
|2010||Williams||Emma Pelegri-O'Day, Sarah Ginsberg, Madeline Berky, Dana Golden, Lindsay Olsen, Kate Shaper, Dorothy MacAusland, Julia Haltermann, Becca Licht (cox), Head Coach: Justin Moore|
|2009||Williams||Julia Haltermann, Emma Pelegri-O'Day, Kate Shaper, Dorothy MacAusland, Meg Conan, Samantha Smith, Sarah Ginsberg, Katherine Robinson, Allison Prevatt (cox), Head Coach: Justin Moore|
|2008||Trinity||Ellie Wierzbowski, Amory Minot, Ali Schmidt, Deede Dixon, Ashley Swiggett, Loren Massimino, Carmel Zahran, Natalie Jones, Stephanie Apstein (cox), Head Coach: Wesley Ng|
|2007||Williams||Katherine Robinson, Katie Quayle, Carolyn Skudder, Louisa Berky, Kate Sortun, Julia Haltermann, Abby Weir, Emily Cheston, Allison Prevatt (cox), Head Coach: Pat Tynan|
|2006||Ithaca||Sarah Kuebler, Emma Flemer, Kaitlin Veninsky, Stephanie Knabe, Kelsey Schaeffer, Stacey Bowen, Jane Semiz, Heather Luke, Melanie Pessin (cox), Head Coach: Becky Robinson|
|2005||Trinity||Tara Maciog, Hadley Wilmerding, Elizabeth Guernsey, Sarah Carter, Katie Gordon, Loren Massimino, Ali Schmidt, Carmel Zahran, Emily McLean (cox), Head Coach: Marina Traub|
|2004||Ithaca||Jill Moler, Nora Lahr, Jessie Selock, Megan Musnicki, Stephanie Knabe, Stacey Bowen, Heather Luke, Leslie Nichols, Catie Gloo (cox), Head Coach: Becky Robinson|
|2003||Colby||Leah Hagamen, Emily Allen, Laura Mistretta, Annie Szender, Leah Robertson, Andrea Piekarski, Megan Loosigian, Ellie Boyce, Vivienne Ho (cox), Head Coach: Stew Stokes|
|2002||Williams||Anne Rutherford, Anne Lewis, Liz Mygatt, Rachel DeSouza, Laura Spero, Shoshana Clark, Izzy Lowell, Emma Harries, Rachel Outman (cox), Head Coach: Justin Moore|
The team championship has been won by:
(Source: NCAA Championship History)
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:
(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:
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