Make It 10! Loggers Receive At-Large Bid To NCAA Championships
The Puget Sound women's crew team heard its name called for a 10th consecutive year during the selection show for the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships on Monday. The Loggers varsity 8 boat received an at-large bid into the regatta for the second straight year.
"The championship is a spectacular women's sporting event, attended by some of the best female endurance athletes in the country," commented head coach Marsa Daniel. "We will race a new group of DIII crews, none of whom we have seen this season. This will be a great opportunity for our young team to dive in and see what we can do against an impressive field of speed."
The NCAA Division III Rowing Championships consist of only varsity eight boats with six team bids and two at-large boats. Since the Logger received an at-large bid, they will only be sending one boat to the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, N.J.
Bates, Marietta, Trinity (Conn.), Wellesley, defending champion Williams and William Smith received the six team bids, meaning they will each send two boats to the regatta. Coast Guard joined the Loggers as the other at-large boat two earn a bid.
Over the last decade, the Loggers have been a part of every single NCAA Division III Rowing Championship with eight team bids and, now, two varsity eight at-large bids. As a team, the Loggers finished as high as second.
During their eight-year stretch of team bids into the national championship regatta, the Loggers best finish came when they were runners up in 2003. They have finished fourth three times (2004, 05, 07), fifth once (2009), sixth twice (2006, 10) and third once (2008). In 2011, the Loggers did not place as a team because only the varsity eight boat was invited to the regatta.
The third place finish in 2008 is the best finish under Daniel. Last year, the Loggers V8 boat finished third in the petite final.
The NCAA Division III Rowing Championships will take place May 25-26 on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. The Division I and Division II Championships will also be held on Lake Mercer May 25-27.