Rhode Island Gets Highest Seeding Ever in NCAA Championship Field

Photo Credit: Michael Scott
Photo Credit: Michael Scott

WAKEFIELD, R.I. - It did not take long for Rhode Island to get its official invite to the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championship. The Rams were the second team named as the 22-team field was revealed Tuesday evening on NCAA.com's Selection Show.

Rhode Island received its highest seeding ever at the NCAA Championship. The Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boats were both seeded No. 19 in their respective flights. The Second Varsity 8+ boat was seeded No. 20 in its flight.

Team members, coaches, fans and administrators gathered at the Mews Tavern to watch the unveiling. The group exploded in cheers when Rhode Island was named as one of the 11 automatic qualifiers just minutes into the show.

The Rams now will head to Indianapolis for three days of racing at Eagle Creek Park. The 22 teams will race from May 31 through June 2.

It will be Rhode Island's second straight NCAA Championship appearance, and the fourth overall in program history.

2019 NCAA Championship Field
Automatic Qualifiers
UCF
Rhode Island
Virginia
Texas
Michigan
Northeastern
Princeton
Marist
Washington
Washington
Navy
Gonzaga

At-Large Bids
Brown
California
Duke
Harvard
Indiana
Iowa
Ohio State
Rutgers
Stanford
Wisconsin
Yale