On Saturday, Seattle Pacific’s women’s varsity eight brought home a silver medal at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Penn.
The Falcons were confident this would propel them to NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, set for May 27 through 29.
But on Monday afternoon, the bombshell landed.
Head coach Keith Jefferson received an abrupt phone call from the NCAA Advisory Committee, informing him that the women would not be receiving the at-large team bid for the rowing championships.
Jefferson said he was speechless.
Instead of SPU, the honor of the at-large team bid went to Humboldt State — even though the Falcons eight never lost to Humboldt in any of their four races this season.
Jefferson was informed that Humboldt State remained “competitive” with the SPU varsity eight all season.
On Monday, Jefferson said he had no idea what the cryptic message meant. The women’s eight had beat up on Humboldt all season long, he said.
The NCAA allows the top team from each of three regions, as well as one at-large team and two at-large eight boats, to compete at the rowing championships.
To receive the at-large team bid, the NCAA looks more favorably on the performance of the varsity eight.
The Falcon varsity eight will still go to the rowing championships. However, only the eight boat will compete, and they cannot compete for the team title.
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Title: NCAA says no for team at-large bid | Author: David Tristano | Section: News | Published Date: 2011-05-18 | Internal ID: 7723