INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Backed by a strong performance at the ACC Championship, the Duke rowing team received the program’s first NCAA Championship bid Tuesday, according to a release by the NCAA. Duke was an at-large selection to the field of 22 schools and will compete in the national regatta at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., May 27-29.
Racing at the NCAA event will include the V8, 2V8 and V4 boats. The three boats from each school will compete for individual national titles while earning points toward the overall team championship.
The Blue Devils will enter the championship as the 14th seed in the V8, the 11th seed in the 2V8 and the 12th seed in the V4. Duke is joined in the field by 10 other at-large selections in Brown, Indiana, Michigan, Southern California, Stanford, Syracuse, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale.
The 11 programs that earned automatic bids to the premier event by winning their conference championships were California (Pac-12), Central Florida (American), Gonzaga (West Coast), Jacksonville (MAAC), Navy (Patriot), Northeastern (Colonial), Ohio State (Big Ten), Princeton (Ivy), Rhode Island (A-10), Texas (Big 12) and Virginia (ACC).
Last Saturday at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C., the Blue Devils claimed second place at the ACC Championship, backed by second-place showings from the V8, 2V8 and V4. In addition to the team overall success, Megan Cooke Carcagno was named ACC Coach of the Year while seniors Katie Dukovich and Alex Stonehill were placed on the All-ACC First Team with senior coxswain Simone Pitre on the second squad.
Tickets for the 2016 NCAA Divisions I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships are on sale to the general public. All-session tickets are $40, while all-session student/senior tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased through www.NCAA.com/tickets. All races will be streamed live free of charge on NCAA.com.