WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Kate Maloney's Williams College women's crew team is one of eight teams invited to the 2018 NCAA Rowing Championships for Women.
This marks the 25th time the Ephs have been selected to compete in the NCAA Rowing Championships for Women and the Ephs own the most DIII titles with nine and Williams also owns the record for most consecutive titles with eight 2006-13.
The Ephs' last NCAA title came in 2013.
The University of Central Florida and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., on May 25 and 26 will host the 2018 NCAA DIII Rowing Championships for Women.
Four of the eight teams invited are from New England and three are from NESCAC: Bates, Wesleyan and Williams. Wellesley is the fourth New England team in the championship.
"We are excited to be included in this fast field," said Maloney. "The team will be training hard to perform at their peak in the finals at NCAAs. In the meantime, they will be working hard to maintain balance as they finish final exams. The heats look fast and I know the athletes are looking forward to testing their speed against great competition."
Bates is the defending champion having edged out Williams last spring.
Each of the eight teams enters a boat in the Varsity I race and one in the Varsity II race. Both events will begin with two four-boat heats on May 25th. The II Eights heats will be held at 8:12 a.m. and 8:24 a.m., followed by the I Eights heats at 8:36 a.m. and 8:48 a.m. The top two finishing crews in each heat will advance directly to the grand final.
The remaining crews will race again on May 25th in their respective repechages with the II Eights repechage to take place at 3:48 p.m. and the I Eights repechage to take place at 4 p.m. The top two finishing crews in the repechages will earn spots in their respective grand finals for places first through sixth, while the other two crews in each repechage will advance to their respective petite finals for places seventh and eight.
The II Eights petite final will be held May 26th at 11 a.m. with the grand final to follow at 11:12 a.m. The I Eights petite final will be held at 11:24 a.m. with the grand final to follow at 11:26 a.m.
Points are awarded as follows for places first through eighth: 40-37-34-31-28-25-22-19 for the I Eights and 16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 for the II Eights. The team with the highest combined score across the two events will be the 2018 NCAA Division III Champion.
I Eights Heat A
I Eights Heat B
II Eights Heat A
II Eights Heat B