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NCAA Women's Rowing Championship: Cal races for program's 3rd NCAA title

After finishing as the runner-up for 3 straight year behind Ohio State, is this the year for the Golden Bears to win their 3rd NCAA title?

Golden Bears are the favorite for this year's NCAA title.
Golden Bears are the favorite for this year's NCAA title.
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After a fine starts on Friday and Saturday to the 2016 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships from Gold River near Sacramento, the top ranked California Golden Bears are the favorite to win the program's 3rd NCAA team championship (Bears have only won in 2005 and 2006) and dethrone three-time defending champs in Ohio State Buckeyes (Bears have finished as the runner-ups to The Ohio State for the past three years).

Bears have been ranked either 1st or 2nd in the country for the entire year, winning plenty of races, including the Pac-12 title along the way.

The Cal boat rosters are the following:

V8:

Hannah Christopher(Cox)
Kendall Chase(8)
Rowan McKellar(7)
Inger Kavlie(6)
Dorothee Beckendorff(5)
Charlotte Siering(4)
Mia Croonquist(3)
Jacinta Edmunds(2)
Julia Vander Hoeven(1)

2V8:

Rachel Lether(Cox)
Charlotte Wesselmann(8)
Roisin Duffy(7)
Sydney Payne(6)
Dana Moffat(5)
Ellen Heile(4)
Charlotte Passot(3)
Katherine Kelly(2)
Sarah Schwartz(1)

V4:
Riley Brown(Cox)
Eleanor Howe(4)
Hunter Deuel(3)
Kendall Ritter(2)
Francis Wood(1)

On Friday, all three boats won their respective heats to advance directly to Saturday's semifinal (non-top two finisher of the heat had to win repechage races in the afternoon to get the final spots in the semis.

In the semifinals, top 3 boats from each race advance to the Grand Final on Sunday. On Saturday, both the Varsity 8 and the 2nd Varsity 8 won their races. Varsity 4 finished in 2nd place. This means that Cal is one of three schools, along with Virginia and Ohio State, to send all three boats to grand finals.

The NCAA championship will be determined by the combination of points scored from the three races, with the main race of the Varsity 8 weighed the most. V8 is worth triple that of V4. 2V8 is double that of V4.

Here is the detail break down of the points:

I would not be shocked if the Bears are able to sweep all three races en route to the NCAA team championship. It should be a fun morning today. Gold Rive is a Bear Territory after all!

Here is the Sunday Schedule:

Sunday, May 29 (Division I Races Only)

8:12 a.m. – Fours D Final (places 19-22)

8:24 a.m. – Fours C Final (places 13-18)

8:36 a.m. – II Eights D Final (places 19-22)

8:48 a.m. – II Eights C Final (places 13-18)

9:00 a.m. – I Eights D Final (places 19-22)

9:12 a.m. – I Eights C Final (places 13-18)

10:00 a.m. – Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)

10:12 a.m. – Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)

10:24 a.m. – II Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)

10:36 a.m. – II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

10:48 a.m. – I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)

11:00 a.m. – I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

Noon – Division I Awards Ceremony

LIVE STREAM: NCAA.com

KEY TIMES FROM ABOVE:

10:12 a.m. – Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)

10:36 a.m. – II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

11:00 a.m. – I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)

Noon – Division I Awards Ceremony

UPDATE: Here is the new relevant schedule for Cal races

ROW ON YOU BEARS!