Stanford women rowers added to field for NCAA Championships


The rowing field was set for the 2015 NCAA Championships on Tuesday with No. 6 Stanford earning an at-large bid during the announcement on

"We're glad to be going back to Lake Natoma," said head coach Yasmin Farooq. "We've seen a lot of these teams throughout the season, but we all start with a clean slate next Friday. We're looking forward to showing what we can do over the three-day Championship weekend."

The Cardinal will be competing in the NCAA Championships May 29-31 in Gold River. This will be the seventh straight year Stanford has qualified for the championships and 10th time overall.

Stanford has faced off against seven of the 21 teams this year, including No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Cal, No. 5 Brown, No. 7 Washington State, No. 14 USC and No. 19 Notre Dame.

The varsity eight is coming off a silver medal performance at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday. The Cardinal's top boat earned the No. 3 seed overall and will be in heat 3 with No. 6 Virginia, No. 11 Washington State, No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 19 Northeastern and No. 22 Jacksonville. They will race on Friday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The 2V8 will be in the first heat along with No. 1 Washington, No. 8 Harvard, No. 16 Indiana and No. 17 Gonzaga. The race will be held at 9:50 a.m.

The varsity four is last to go at 11 a.m. They are in the final morning heat with No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Washington State, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 20 Northeastern and No. 21 Jacksonville.

Last year, Stanford reached the podium with a fourth-place finish in Indianapolis. All three boats advanced to the Grand Finals with the varsity four earning its top finish in school history with second place. The 2V8 came in fourth and varsity eight ended up sixth.

Stanford has one team national championship, coming in 2009. Two boats have won national titles with the varsity eight taking the crown in 2009 and the 2V8 in 2011.

The Cardinal will leave for training this weekend in preparation for the final regatta of the year.

— Stanford Athletics

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