May 17, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team received a bid to the 2005 NCAA Championships May 27-29 at CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif., the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee announced Tuesday.
The selection comes following OSU’s performance over the weekend at the 2005 South/Central Regional Championships where the team won its third-consecutive central region title.
The Buckeyes will be making their sixth-consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships. Ohio State finished eighth in 2004 and 2003, fifth in 2002, fourth in 2001 and ninth in 2000.
Last season, OSU finished eighth overall at the NCAA championships and set two firsts in program history. The first varsity four won their preliminary heat on day one to automatically qualify for the Grand Finals, marking the first time for a varsity four or a second eight. The first varsity eight also advanced to the Grand Finals, marking the first time the top boat and another boat qualified for the Grand Finals. Overall, the first varsity eight finished fifth, the second eight ended its season 12th and the varsity four placed sixth.
The NCAA team championship is comprised of 12 teams, with each team consisting of two eight-member boats and one four-member boat.
The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes, regional championship results, regional rankings, late-season performance, head-to-head results, results against teams/boats already selected, results against common opponents, and results against regionally ranked teams/boats. One team from each region was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.