If you’re a fan of college rowing, the Evergreen state is the place to be.
The state of Washington is home to three division 1 teams in the sport - including Gonzaga, Washington and Washington State - and all three of those teams are among the 22 team field heading to Sarasota, Florida this weekend for the NCAA women’s rowing championships.
For the Cougs, the national stage isn’t anything new. This weekends trip marks the 13th overall appearance at the Championships for the Cougs. In fact, they’ve been on a roll recently, heading to the event six-straight years and eight of the past nine.
In those appearances, however, the Cougs have yet to break through. As a team, their best finish came back in 2006 when they placed 4th in the nation. Last season, Washington State placed 14th overall. But this experienced squad is hoping to take another step. Eight of the nine members of the varsity eight have participated in past NCAA Championships. They’re also led by a 16th year coach who has taken the Cougs to the big stage in 12 of her 16 years at the helm.
In the end, the defending champion Huskies are likely the team to beat. Along with WSU, they lead a strong Pac-12 contingent to the Sunshine State. Five of the conference’s seven teams will be making the trip, including USC, Stanford and California.
The races start Friday at 9 AM. You can watch live on the NCAA website here.
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