NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma rowing team learned its heat assignments when the Sooners begin competition at the NCAA Championship next weekend.
The Sooners are set to compete in their second straight NCAA Championship and second in program history starting Friday, May 30, through June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. OU qualified for the NCAA regatta after taking first place last Saturday at the Conference USA Championship, earning C-USA's automatic bid.
"We’re excited to be going back to Indianapolis," said OU head coach Leeanne Crain. "It’s a very competitive field, but that’s to be expected at the national championship. I’m proud of the way our team has stepped up in the final stretch of the season and am looking forward to seeing what we can do against the nation’s top teams."
Seeded No. 18, the Oklahoma first varsity eight will compete in heat two along with No. 10-seeded Notre Dame, No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Virginia and No. 15 Wisconsin. The Sooner second varsity eight, also seeded No. 18 and in the second heat, will face No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Princeton and No. 15 Louisville. Finally, in the third heat the first varsity four will compete as the No. 19 seed against No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 14 Louisville and No. 22 Jacksonville.
The team championship is composed of 22 teams. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field. Over the course of three days of competition, top finishers from each heat will advance to the championship heats while the remaining teams will compete in consolation heats.
In addition to the C-USA Championship, OU also won its second straight Big 12 Championship earlier this year on May 3. Crain was named Coach of the Year in both conferences, repeating the feat after doing so in 2013 as well. Senior Kristin Clift, a member of the OU 1V8, has been named Rower of the Year in both both conferences and holds two of the 12 All-Conference awards awarded to Sooners this year.
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