NCAA Division I Rowing Championship
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SportCollege rowing
Founded1997
No. of teams22
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Texas
Most titlesBrown (7)
Official websiteNCAA.com

The NCAA Division I Rowing Championship is a rowing championship held by the NCAA for Division I women's heavyweight (or openweight) collegiate crews. The inaugural National Championship was held in 1997 for the top 16 crews in the country, located at Lake Natoma, Sacramento, California. In 2002, the NCAA added championships for Division II and Division III. All races are 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) long. The NCAA does not sponsor men's rowing (both heavyweight and lightweight) and women's lightweight rowing championships.[1]

Automatic qualifier spots

Eleven rowing conferences each get one Automatic Qualifier spot by winning their conference points championship, except for the Ivy League whose Automatic Qualifier goes to the Varsity Eight winner. There are another 11 At-Large spots.

Format

The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships have three events (I Eights, II Eights, Fours), and twenty-two teams compete. Eleven teams are selected through automatic qualification based on conference results. An additional eleven at-large teams are selected by the NCAA Rowing Committee. In previous years an additional, four at-large I Eights are selected. As of 2009 all bids must be full teams. Teams are awarded points by their final placing in each event. The NCAA Champion is determined by the team which accumulates the most points. When teams are tied for points after the three events, the NCAA champion is determined by the team with the higher placing in the I Eight event.

At-large participants in the championships are selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee. The following criteria are used in selecting teams and individual boats:

Champions

Results

NCAA Division I Rowing Championships
Year Site
(Host Team)
Team Results Individual Results
Champion Score Runner-Up Score Fours II Eights I Eights
1997
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Rancho Cordova, CA Washington 201 Princeton 184 Brown Princeton Washington
1998
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Gainesville, GA Washington (2) 91 Princeton 85 USC Virginia Washington
1999
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Rancho Cordova, CA Brown 56 Virginia 56 Washington Virginia Brown
2000
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Camden, NJ Brown (2) 59 Washington 55 Washington Brown Brown
2001
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Gainesville, GA Washington (3) 58 Michigan 53 Washington Michigan Washington
2002
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Indianapolis, IN Brown (3) 67 Washington 63 Brown Washington Washington
2003
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Harvard 59 Brown 57 Brown Brown Harvard
2004
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Gold River, CA Brown (4) 70 Yale 58 Virginia Brown Brown
2005
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California 67 Virginia 63 Virginia Virginia California
2006
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West Windsor, NJ California (2) 66 Brown 66 Brown Brown Princeton
2007
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Oak Ridge, TN Brown (5) 58 Virginia 54 Virginia Minnesota Yale
2008
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Gold River, CA Brown (6) 67 Washington 59 Washington Brown Yale
2009
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Cherry Hill, NJ Stanford 88 California 85 Clemson Yale Stanford
2010
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Gold River, CA Virginia 87 California 82 Virginia Brown Yale
2011
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Brown (7) 85 Stanford 85 California Stanford Princeton
2012
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West Windsor, NJ Virginia (2) 87 Michigan 82 Ohio State Michigan Virginia
2013
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Indianapolis, IN Ohio State 126 California 124 Ohio State Ohio State California
2014
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Ohio State (2) 126 California 118 California Ohio State Ohio State
2015
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Gold River, CA Ohio State (3) 126 California 114 Virginia Brown Ohio State
2016
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California (3) 129 Ohio State 126 Ohio State California Ohio State
2017
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West Windsor, NJ Washington (4) 132 California 123 Washington Washington Washington
2018
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Sarasota, FL California (4) 130 Washington 128 California Washington California
2019
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Indianapolis, IN Washington (5) 132 Texas 125 Washington Washington Washington
2020 Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
2021
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Sarasota, FL Texas 126 Stanford 126 Washington Washington Texas
2022
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Texas (2) 124 Stanford 124 Princeton Yale Texas
2023
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Pennsauken, NJ
(Temple)
2024
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Bethel, OH
(Marietta)
2025
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West Windsor, NJ
(Ivy & MAAC)
2026
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Gainesville, GA
(North Georgia)

Team titles

NCAA Division I Rowing Championship is located in the United States
Harvard
Harvard
Stanford
Stanford
Texas
Texas
Virginia
Virginia
Ohio State
Ohio State
California
California
Washington
Washington
Brown
Brown
Schools that have won the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship
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Team # Years
Brown 7 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011
Washington 5 1997, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2019
California 4 2005, 2006, 2016, 2018
Ohio State 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Virginia 2 2010, 2012
Texas 2021, 2022
Harvard 1 2003
Stanford 2009

Prior Championships

The first women’s collegiate championship was held in 1980 at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. National champions were declared from the varsity eight race. California won the first collegiate championship. Below is a list of Women’s National Collegiate varsity eight champions:

(Source: Washington Crew Press Guide)

Prior to 1980, college boats entered the National Women’s Rowing Association National Championships (what is now the USRowing National Championships). Below is a list of NWRA open eights champions from 1971–79 (no eights prior to 1971). The top college finisher is in parentheses:

Winning crews

I Eight

See also

References