For the first time in the five-year history of the program, the University of Oklahoma rowing team was selected to the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championship, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
OU, one of 11 teams that earned an automatic bid, will join a 22-team field at Indianapolis’ Eagle Creek Park May 31-June 2 to race for a national title. The Sooners will be the first Big 12 school to compete at the national championship, first held in 1997.
The Big 12 Champion Sooners earned the 17th seed in the varsity eight event and will race in the first of four heats against No. 1 USC, No. 8 Yale, No. 9 Harvard and No. 16 Washington State.
In the second varsity eight, OU is ranked 14th. Oklahoma will compete against No. 3 USC, No. 6 Princeton, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 19 Gonzaga and No. 22 Marist in its heat.
The varsity four finds the Sooners with a 17 seed and will race against No. 1 California, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 9 Washington State and No. 16 Cornell
Heats will be held May 31, while with semifinals on June 1 and finals on June 2. Points will be awarded on a team’s final placing in each event.