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Courtesy: CAA

2013 Rowing Championship Preview

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/17/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (May 17, 2013) – Six teams are set to hit the waters of the Occoquan River to battle for the 2013 CAA Rowing Championship, which will take place Sunday, May 19th at the Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station, Va.

The championship begins with the Varsity 4 race at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Second Varsity 8 race at 9:45 a.m. The Varsity 8 competition follows at 10:05 a.m., with an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event. There is no admission charge to the championship, but all vehicles must pay a $10 parking fee upon entrance to the park.

Defending champion Northeastern, which is fifth in the latest New England rankings, is looking to capture its fourth CAA title in five years. The Huskies’ Varsity 8 squad picked up its first gold medal of the season at the Knect Cup while scoring a silver medal in the women’s Beanpot against other Boston area schools. NU concluded the regular season last weekend at the prestigious Eastern Sprints, sending all five crews to the Grand Finals and collecting a bronze medal by the Varsity 4 squad.

Boston University will be competing in its second CAA Championship and enters with the highest regional ranking of any of the competing teams at fourth in the New England rankings. The Terriers picked up early season victories over CAA foes Buffalo and Eastern Michigan while winning the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 races against both squads. BU finished second in the women’s Beanpot with the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 squads picking up silver medals. The Terriers posted a third-place finish in the prestigious Eastern Sprints with the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 taking bronze medals.

Buffalo, the 2010 CAA champion, is looking to win its second CAA title after finishing third last year and runner-up two seasons ago. The Bulls topped CAA foe Eastern Michigan on April 6th by capturing all three races to clinch their eighth straight Harvey Cup over the Eagles.

Other teams competing for the CAA title include Delaware, Drexel, and newcomer Eastern Michigan, who will be competing for its first CAA crown. The Blue Hens won the Bucknell quad meet on April 27th by defeating Connecticut, West Virginia and host Bucknell and picking up a victory in the Varsity 4 race. The Dragons enter the championship on a high note after concluding the regular season last weekend with a third-place finish in the competitive Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The Dragons’ Second Varsity 8 squad took home the gold medal in the event.

For full information on the 2013 CAA Rowing Championship including the event program, full recap and highlights from all three races, visit the Championship Central page.