INDIANAPOLIS – After securing its NCAA berth on Saturday, Gonzaga’ women’s rowing team was officially placed in the field set by the selection committee on Tuesday afternoon and announced on NCAA.com.
The Zags are one of 22 teams, including 11 automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large bids. GU qualified automatically for the third time in the last four seasons after winning the West Coast Conference title in dramatic fashion over the weekend.
Automatic qualifiers joining Gonzaga are California, UCF, Jacksonville, Princeton, Rhode Island, Navy, Northeastern, Ohio State, Texas and Virginia. At-large selections include Brown, Duke, Indiana, Michigan, USC, Stanford, Syracuse, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale.
The overall seeding for each of the three boats were also released by the NCAA during the selection show. Gonzaga’s I Eights and II Eights were seeded No. 15, while the Fours were seeded No. 17 in the field. The boats will be placed in four heats based on seeding.
GU will be looking to improve upon its program-best 17th-place finish at last season’s NCAA Championships.
Gonzaga’s Varsity 8 entered the final race of the WCC Championship with only a win able to secure the NCAA berth. That crew went on to grab a one-length victory over San Diego. The 2V8 and V4 each placed second in their respective races at the league regatta. The WCC title also came on the same water that the NCAA Championships will take place on: Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center in Gold River, Calif.