Cal Women's Crew: NCAA Championship Day One Open Thread

Online Stream: Via NCAA

The second Cal Women's sport to win a team National Championship, after those trailblazing softballers in 2002, were the Cal Women's Crew who went back to back in 2005 and 2006. The second of which was won at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, NJ, the site of this year's championship. The #1 Bears look to make 3 both the number of Women's Rowing Championships won but also the number team championships won this year (after the two swimming and diving wins this year). GO BEARS!

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According to the Women's Crew Bear Blog, the team has been on the East Coast for a few days now (and training in Philadelphia). In winning the Pac-12 conference championship, all three boats won their races. The Varsity Four has a perfect season thus far, so does the Freshmen Eight (not sure how they are a part of this weekend's competition). The Cal Varsity Eight has won 6 consecutive races.

How the National Championship is determined: Unlike Men's crew (not an official NCAA championship for supposedly their unwillingness to adopt this scoring system), where the winner of the Varsity 8 is the National Champ, Women's crew reward the National Championship based on the results of all 3 races (Varsity 4, Second Varsity 8, and the Varsity 8 (tiebreaker if teams finish with the same total team points)).

Cal result for Day 1: via Cal Women's Crew twitter

Good day first day at NCAA's. WV8 second to Ohio State. W2V8 and WV4 win heats. All boats straight to semi's. Big day tomorrow. Go Bears!

Schedule of events:

Friday:

9 a.m. I Eights Heat 1 Lake Mercer Division I
9:15 a.m. I Eights Heat 2 Lake Mercer Division I
9:30 a.m. I Eights Heat 3 Lake Mercer Division I
9:45 a.m. II Eights Heat 1 Lake Mercer Division I
10 a.m. II Eights Heat 2 Lake Mercer Division I
10:15 a.m. II Eights Heat 3 Lake Mercer Division I
10:30 a.m. Fours Heat 1 Lake Mercer Division I
10:45 a.m. Fours Heat 2 Lake Mercer Division I
11 a.m. Fours Heat 3 Lake Mercer Division I

Saturday:

9 a.m. I Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
9:15 a.m. I Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
9:30 a.m. II Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
9:45 a.m. II Eights Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
10 a.m. Fours Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I
10:15 a.m. Fours Semifinals Lake Mercer Division I

Sunday:

10:25 a.m. Fours Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I
11:15 a.m. II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I
12:05 a.m. I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6) Lake Mercer Division I

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