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]

College rowing (United States) team sport version of rowing practiced by universities in the United States

Rowing is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States. In the 2002–03 school year there were 1,712 male and 6,690 female collegiate rowers, representing just over 2% of total college athletes. Some growth in the sport is evidenced by the fact that in the 2017–18 school year there were 2,244 male and 7,277 female collegiate rowers; noting also that while women's rowing has been classified as a Championship sport since the 1996-97 season, the men's rowing is not.

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NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

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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.

Ivy League Athletic conference of 8 American universities

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Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

American Athletic Conference US college sports conference

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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

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:

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Boston University Terriers

The Boston University Terriers are the ten men's and fourteen women's varsity athletic teams representing Boston University in NCAA Division I competition. Boston University's team nickname is the Terriers, and the official mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. The school colors are Scarlet and White. The mascot is named Rhett after Rhett Butler from "Gone With the Wind", because "no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett."

Washington Huskies sports club

The Washington Huskies are the athletic teams that represent the University of Washington. The school is a member of the Pac-12 Conference.

Wisconsin Badgers Crew rowing team of the University of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Badgers Crew is the rowing team that represents the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Rowing at the University dates back to 1874. The women's openweight team is a NCAA Division I team. The men's and lightweight women's programs compete at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship Regatta because the NCAA does not sanction a men's or lightweight women's national championship. Chris Clark has been the men's head coach since 1996 and Bebe Bryans has been the women's head coach since 2004.

(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:

Vesper Boat Club American rowing club

The Vesper Boat Club is an amateur rowing club located at #10 Boathouse Row in the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1865 as the Washington Barge Club, the Club changed its name to Vesper Boat Club in 1870. Vesper's stated goal is "to produce Olympic champions." Most recently, that goal was achieved by Devery Karz and Kathleen Bertko in the 2016 Summer Olympics

College Boat Club American rowing club

College Boat Club of the University of Pennsylvania is the rowing program for University of Pennsylvania Rowing, located at #11 Boathouse Row in the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its membership consists entirely of past and present rowers of the University of Pennsylvania. It hosts both heavyweight and lightweight varsity men's teams and an openweight varsity women's team. The Wharton Crew Team, however, rows out of Bachelors Barge Club at #6 Boathouse Row. College Boat Club was founded in 1872 by the school's students, shortly after the school's campus was relocated from Center City to West Philadelphia. College Boat Club was admitted to the Schuylkill Navy in 1875.

Winning crews

I Eight

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The NCAA Division II Rowing Championship is a rowing championship held by the NCAA for Division II women's heavyweight collegiate crews.

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The NCAA Division III Rowing Championship is a rowing championship held by the NCAA for Division III women's heavyweight collegiate crews.