Women’s rowing receives third straight NCAA Championships bid
The Bates women’s first varsity eight at the New England Championships (from left to right): Danica Doroski, Caitlin Murphy, Laura Hubbell, Emma White, Rebecca Waldo, Haley Sive, Nicole Ritchie, Emily Chandler and Nora Collins.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Bates College women’s rowing team received its third straight bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championships, the NCAA announced on Tuesday, as the Division III Women’s Rowing Committee selected the eight-team field.
The championships will be held May 29-30 at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. Villanova University will serve as host.
Bates received its first bid to the NCAA Championships in 2007, finishing third overall. Last year the Bobcats returned and placed fifth.
Bates is headed by captains Caitlin Murphy (Duxbury, Mass.) and Nicole Ritchie (East Dummerston, Vt.), who will seeking her third straight Pocock First Team All-America honor. Those two rowed on Bates’ first varsity eight boat as they finished second at the New England Rowing Championships two weekends ago, along with senior stroke Emily Chandler (North Yarmouth, Maine), first-year Haley Sive (Glenville, N.Y.), sophomore Rebecca Waldo (Dracut, Mass.), sophmore Emma White (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), senior Laura Hubbell (Yarmouth, Maine), junior Danica Doroski (Wayne, Pa.) in the bow and sophomore Nora Collins (Kensington, Md.) at coxswain.
The Bates second varsity eight at New Englands consisted of sophomore stroke Kirsten Laaspere (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomore Ellen Patterson (St. Louis Park, Minn.), junior Josie Cutts (Kittery Point, Maine), first-year Elizabeth Sonshine (Short Hills, N.J.), first-year Allison Di Salvo (Lowell, Mass.), sophomore Phoebe Reed (Brooklyn, N.Y.), junior Alison Frye (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Davina Dukuly (Lowell, Mass.) in the box and sophomore Tracy Glazier (Weston, Mass.) at coxswain.
The championships are comprised of seven teams and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and a coxswain. Two at-large Eights also are selected. The following are the berths that are allocated: Pool A – one (Pool A consists of the conference that have been awarded automatic qualification); Pool B/C – six (Pools B and C include independents, institutions from conferences that do not meet automatic-qualification standards and Pool A institutions that did not receive their conference’s automatic qualification. Due to the fact that Pool A only has one automatic-qualifying conference, Pools B and C have been collapsed).
At-Large I Eights
In 2008, Williams captured its fourth Division III Women’s Rowing Championships team title at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, California.
For championship information and results, go to the NCAA Web site at www.ncaa.com.
The 2009 CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA (spring seasonal show) will air at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, July 4, on CBS.