May 10, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's rowing team will attempt to capture the ultimate goal of a conference title at the ninth annual BIG EAST Championship this Sunday morning on Mercer Lake in New Jersey, although this won't be a simple task to achieve as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have taken home every BIG EAST women's rowing title since 2004.
The Irish have the longest current active streak of BIG EAST Championship titles in any sport with eight-straight.
Second-place Louisville (109) almost claimed title honors in 2011, but fell short by five points to the 114 that Notre Dame tallied. The defending champions secured first-place in three of five scoring events including the Varsity Four, Third Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight. Georgetown notched third in the team standings with 95 points and was followed by Syracuse (73), Connecticut (65), Rutgers (59), West Virginia (54) and Villanova (35).
In the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, the Wildcats had a successful showing, despite only receiving 35 points on the day, and would advance to the petite finals in each of the three events that the team competed in. First-place finishes in both the Varsity Four and the Second Varsity Eight highlighted the overall performance from Villanova on Mercer Lake.
Senior Kellie Kruppenbacher was awarded with ALL-BIG EAST First Team accolades for her outstanding effort in last year's conference championship.
Time trials will begin in the morning with a predetermined order of events. The Varsity Eight precedes the five other categories and kicks off the start of the BIG EAST Championship. Next up in the lineup is the Second Varsity Eight followed by the Varsity Four race. The fourth slot will be the Third Varsity Eight while the fifth is slated to be the Second Varsity Four. The Third Varsity Four event will round out the time trials.
There will be at least a two-hour break period between the trials and finals.
In the afternoon, the Petite and Grand Finals will ensue for those teams that advanced from the time trials. The finals are set to occur in the same order format as the trials with a potential exception. If there were no trials in any particular event, the final in that event will race first.
Specific start times for time trials and finals are yet to be determined and will be posted on the Championship Central tab when released. This site can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of the page.
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, also takes place this weekend on dates of Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th. With over 100 colleges and universities, thousands of student athletes will come together to compete on this national stage. The Wildcats have placed entries in the Varsity Four, Varsity Pair, Varsity Eight and Frosh/Novice Eight.