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05-16-2018, 10:12 AM
Zags Learn Boat Rankings For NCAA Championships

Begins May 25 in Sarasota

May 15, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee has selected the teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships.

The championships will be held May 25-27 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida with the University of Central Florida serving as host.

The Zags are one of 22 teams in the field. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field. Gonzaga qualified for the fourth-straight season and fifth time in six years after winning the West Coast Conference title in dominating fashion over the weekend.

GU’s varsity eight boat is seeded number 17, their second varsity eight is seeded number 18, and their varsity four crew is seeded number 16.

Gonzaga finished 19th at the NCAA Championships last season, and the varsity eight and second varsity eight each took 19th, while the varsity four finished 18th.

The Bulldogs won their fourth-straight West Coast Conference Championship with their second-straight three-race sweep on Saturday on Lake Natoma just outside of Sacramento. The Bulldogs claimed their 17th WCC Championship in program history and the performance tied the best in school history, as they swept the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four races.

Teams qualifying for the championship are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. For the I Eights, II Eights and Fours, all 22 boats will be seeded into four heats.

The following teams were selected:

Automatic Qualifiers:

UCF (American Athletic Conference)
Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Texas (Big 12 Conference)
Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)
Northeastern (Colonial Athletic Conference)
Jacksonville (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
Navy (Patriot League)
Washington (Pac-12 Conference)
Princeton (The Ivy League)
Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)

At-Large Selections:

Southern California
Washington State

Gonzaga Article Link including a listing of all race seeds (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/051518aab.html)

05-26-2018, 07:00 PM
Zags Take 18th At NCAA Championships

Varsity 8 makes C Final and finishes 17th

May 26, 2018

Final Results (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/w-rowing/auto_pdf/2017-18/box_score/stats_20180526aaa.pdf)

SARASOTA, Fla. – The last two days were compressed into a single day at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park, as looming thunderstorms sat on the horizon for Sunday.

The (RV) Zags finished 18th overall, their third-best finish at the event and one spot better than 2017. The varsity eight took 17th, holding their seed given prior to the championships, while the second varsity eight and varsity four each took 19th.

The finals were moved to the afternoon, with the rain slowing down, and the varsity eight qualifying in the morning for the C Final, and the second varsity eight and varsity four going to the D Final. The varsity eight was right in the middle pack with No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 15 Syracuse, and No. 17 Washington State for the majority of the C Final race, but faded a bit at the end still beating Central Florida by four seconds at 6:42.241.

The varsity four and second varsity eight both won their D Finals. The second varsity eight executed a patient game plan letting Rhode Island jump out early but eventually taking back the lead and winning by five seconds at 6:51.845. The varsity four took the lead early and led throughout over Central Florida, eventually edging the Knights by five seconds at 7:36.536.

The rain cleared just in time for the Zags to race in the C/D Semifinals in all three boats in the morning, and the varsity eight took advantage, and after letting Northeastern grab an early lead for that coveted third-place spot and trip to the C Final, GU took that back by the 1000 meter mark and then began to push No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 15 Syracuse. GU finished at 6:48.615, a comfortable six seconds ahead of Northeastern and just three seconds back of the Badgers and one second behind the Orange.

In the morning, the second varsity eight chased Navy all the way down the course but came up just one second behind for fourth place at 6:59.448.

In the C/D Fours Semifinal, it was a copy of the second varsity eight race, as GU chased Northeastern the full length and they were less than a second behind in fourth place at 7:44.843.

“It was a fitting end to the season,” Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae said. “We are pleased to make some progress in the standings, but also disappointed to be so close to 17th. We are still learning that often how you do during the championship segment of the season is determined by what you do to get stronger during the summer, fall, and winter.”

The Zags were young this season and will remain strong next year, returning eight members of their top boat and 21 of the 25 athletes who traveled to the NCAA Championships this season.


Varsity 8
Alexa Jadallah
Lindey English
Caroline Maguire
Lauren English
Isabelle Belzil
Lauren McCallum
Zoe Calambokidis
Olivia Lada
Alexandra Pinkley

2nd Varsity 8
Marie Hayman
Ana Delucchi
Casey Harder
Charlotte Lepp
Anise Potjes
Natalie O'Hare
Megan Seifert
Isabella Spies
Georgia Davey

Varsity 4
Samone Sims
Gianna D'Aloia
Miranda Blake
Megan Larson
Emma Delucchi

Meghan Casey
Genevieve Klein

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-rowing/recaps/052618aab.html)