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No. 19 Gonzaga Set to Compete in the 2015 NCAA Rowing Championships

May 26, 2015

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The 22-team field is set for the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, which will take place on May 29-31 in Gold River, Calif., at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center.

Gonzaga, which earned automatic qualifying status after winning the West Coast Conference title, is one of 11 schools to earn automatic bids. Eleven more at-large bids were announced to round out the field. Gonzaga is joined by Brown, Cal, Central Florida, Jacksonville, UMass, Navy, Northeastern, Ohio State, Texas and Virginia as automatic qualifiers. The 11 at-large teams are Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Princeton, USC, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale.

"We're humbled to be a part of it, but we're excited to go out there and race as hard as we can and see how we compare to these teams," head coach Glenn Putyrae said. "The heats are going to be really intense, and Friday is going to be a really heavy day of racing. The important thing for us, and the thing that is unique is we are looking at the field and seeing a lot of names we've seen before. We've lined up against a lot of the teams in the championship field [this year]."

The heat and lane assignments were also announced during the selection show with the Zags being placed in the Lane 5 of the first heat in all three boat classes: I Eights, II Eights and Fours. The NCAA Championships begin on Friday, May 29 at 9:10 a.m. with the first heat of the I Eights. The GU II Eights will compete at 9:50 a.m. followed by the Fours at 10:30 a.m.

The Zags are coming off their second WCC title in the last three years, and will be making their second appearance at the NCAA Championships. The WCC title also came on the same water that the NCAA Championships will take place on: Lake Natoma at the Sac State Aquatics Center.

At the WCCs, Gonzaga tied with San Diego, but earned the auto bid by virtue of its victory in the Varsity 8+ boat in the final race of the day. The Toreros edged GU in the Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity Four, but the V8+ boat for the Zags turned in a championship-level performance in putting open water between them and USD to propel the team to the title.

9:10 a.m.
I Eights Heat 1, Lane
Cal, 1
Yale, 2
Princeton, 3
USC, 4
Gonzaga, 5

9:50 a.m.
II Eights Heat 1, Lane
Washington, 1
Harvard, 2
Stanford, 3
Indiana, 4
Gonzaga, 5

10:30 a.m.
Fours Heat 1, Lane
Washington, 1
Michigan, 2
Princeton, 3
Indiana, 4
Gonzaga, 5

From GoZags.com