2013 C-USA ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
By ODU Athletics
May 16, 2013
SMU, UCF, West Virginia and Old Dominion.
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University rowing team will compete in the program’s first ever C-USA Championship on Saturday, May 18 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Action begins on Melton Hill Lake on Saturday morning with 11 programs fighting for the team title and guaranteed spot at the NCAA Championship. This is the first year that the C-USA has been awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, which is set for May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Joining Old Dominion, will be: Alabama, Central Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Southern Methodist, Tennessee, Texas, Tulsa and West Virginia.
HOW IT WORKS:
On Saturday morning, the 11 C-USA teams will be split into two heats with the top-three finishers of each heat advancing to the Grand Final. The remaining competitors from each heat will race in the Petite Final. The events that will be scored are the First and Second Varsity Eight and the Varsity Four. Teams will also compete in the Open Four and Novice Eight races, which will not be scored for the purposes of determining the team champion. The finals in each event will take place Saturday afternoon.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The NCAA awards 11 automatic bids and 11 at-large bids to the NCAA Rowing Championship. The at-large bids will be announced on Tuesday, May 21.
The Big 12 Conference has five schools (Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, West Virginia and Kansas State) sponsoring rowing, which will compete in the 2013 C-USA Championship. In order to be eligible to have an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championship, a conference must sponsor six rowing programs; therefore, the Big 12 is one team shy of that mark.
THE LADY MONARCHS:
Old Dominion started off their spring season with a win at home against UNC. The Lady Monarchs then had their Varsity Eight boat finish in second at the San Diego Crew Classic, while the Varsity Four boat placed sixth. At the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., ODU’s Frosh/Novice Four squad finished in fourth overall and their Varsity Four boat placed fifth. Old Dominion’s Varsity Eight won the Third Final at the Knecht Cup and the Second Varsity Eight boat captured a second place finish in the Petite Final. At the end of April, the Lady Monarchs went 2-1 in a regatta in Miami, Fla., as they swept SMU and also defeated UCF, but fell to Miami. ODU completed regular season action for the spring season at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta last weekend, where both their Varsity Four and Frosh/Novice Four boats advanced to the semifinal heats.
Last week, Oklahoma was nationally ranked No. 20; however, this week they fell just outside of the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Top 20 Poll (received 43 votes).
In regards to NCAA Regional Rankings, Oklahoma is currently ranked No. 5 overall in the South region. Oklahoma’s Varsity Eight boat is ranked No. 6 in the region, while their Second Varsity Eight is ranked No. 2 and their Varsity Four is regionally ranked No. 5.
Texas also finds a couple of their boats ranked regionally, as their Second Varsity Eight boat is ranked No. 5 in the South and their Varsity Four boat is currently ranked No. 6.
Old Dominion will compete in four different style races on Saturday, May 18, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Here is a look at the preliminary schedule for Saturday morning.
Grand and Petite Finals will begin at 2:20 p.m.
All times are EST and subject to change.
9:00 a.m. – Varsity Eight – Heat One
5. Old Dominion
9:30 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Heat Two
5. Old Dominion
9:50 a.m. – Varsity Four – Heat Two
4. Kansas State
5. Old Dominion
10:30 a.m. – Open Four – Heat Two
1. Kansas B
2. Old Dominion
3. Tennessee A
6. Kansas State B
2013 C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP FULL SCHEDULE/ORDER OF EVENTS – May 18, 2013
9:00 -10:30 a.m.
Varsity 8, Heat 1
Varsity 8, Heat 2
2nd Varsity 8, Heat 1
2nd Varsity 8, Heat 2
Varsity 4, Heat 1
Varsity 4, Heat 2
Freshman/Novice 8, Heat 1
Freshman/Novice 8, Heat 2
Open 4, Heat 1
Open 4, Heat 2
Open 4, Petite Final
Open 4, Grand Final
Freshman/Novice 8, Petite Final
Freshman/Novice 8, Grand Final
Varsity 4, Petite Final
Varsity 4, Grand Final
2nd Varsity 8, Petite Final
2nd Varsity 8, Grand Final
Varsity 8, Petite Final
Varsity 8, Grand Final