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Five Ivies Earn Selection to the 2012 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

Five Ivies Earn Selection to the 2012 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

2012 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships: Release | Selection Show | Schedule of Events

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships are going to have a strong Ivy League feel once again as Brown, Cornell, Harvard (Radcliffe), Princeton and Yale were announced among the 16-team field for the 2012 regatta.

The 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships are slated for May 25-27 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., with Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference serving as the hosts.

The five selections ties an Ivy League record as the conference boasted five entries in the 2009 and 2011 championships. Defending NCAA champion Brown and Princeton have made the championship field as a team every year since the championship began in 1997.

Cornell, which finished second to Radcliffe for the Ivy title in the varsity eight grand final at the League's inaugural women's rowing championship is making its first-ever team appearance. The Big Red's varsity eight received an at-large bid in 2002.

Radcliffe is appearing in its 13th as a team and 14th overall NCAA championship as its varsity eight competed as an at-large in the 1997 championship. Yale is making its 12th team appearance.

Each team in the national championship regatta is required to field three boats -- varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.

The following teams were selected to the 2012 championships:

Michigan State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Southern California

Ivy League schools own eight of the 15 NCAA team titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011). Brown holds seven of those titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011) with Harvard winning it all in 2003.

Highlights of the Divisions I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships will appear on the 2012 CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA (spring seasonal show), set to air at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 17 on CBS.