NCAA Division I Rowing Championship

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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. [1]


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:


NCAA Champions

NCAA Division I Rowing Championships
YearSiteTeam ChampionsIndividual Events
TeamScoreRunner-UpScoreFours ChampionII Eights ChampionI Eights Champion
Rancho Cordova, CA Washington 201 Princeton 184 Brown Princeton Washington
Gainesville, GA Washington 91 Princeton 85 USC Virginia Washington
Rancho Cordova, CA Brown 56 Virginia 56 Washington Virginia Brown
Camden, NJ Brown 59 Washington 55Washington Brown Brown
Gainesville, GA Washington 58 Michigan 53Washington Michigan Washington
Indianapolis, IN Brown 67 Washington 63Brown Washington Washington
Indianapolis, IN Harvard 59 Brown 57BrownBrown Harvard
Gold River, CA Brown 70 Yale 58 Virginia BrownBrown
Gold River, CA California 67 Virginia 63VirginiaVirginia California
West Windsor, NJ California 66 Brown 66BrownBrown Princeton
Oak Ridge, TN Brown 58 Virginia 54Virginia Minnesota Yale
Gold River, CA Brown 67 Washington 59WashingtonBrownYale
Cherry Hill, NJ Stanford 88 California 85 Clemson Yale Stanford
Gold River, CA Virginia 87 California 82VirginiaBrownYale
Gold River, CA Brown 85 Stanford 85 California Stanford Princeton
West Windsor, NJ Virginia 87 Michigan 82 Ohio State Michigan Virginia
Indianapolis, IN Ohio State 126California124Ohio State Ohio State California
Indianapolis, IN Ohio State 126California118CaliforniaOhio StateOhio State
Gold River, CA Ohio State 126California114VirginiaBrownOhio State
Gold River, CA California129 Ohio State 126 Ohio State CaliforniaCalifornia
West Windsor, NJ Washington 132California123WashingtonWashingtonWashington
Sarasota, FL California130 Washington 128CaliforniaWashingtonCalifornia
2019Indianapolis, INWashington132Texas125WashingtonWashingtonWashington
2020Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Team titles

TeamNumberYears Won
Brown 7 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011
Washington 51997, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2019
California 4 2005, 2006, 2016, 2018
Ohio State 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Virginia 2 2010, 2012
Harvard 1 2003
Stanford 1 2009

Prior Championships

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:

Winning crews

I Eight

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