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Syracuse men’s, women’s crews each advance to National Championships

The Orange men and women will both take to the water, looking to bring back titles

The Orange women hope to build off their strong ACC performance.
Sara D. Davis-TheACC.com

The Syracuse Orange rowing and crew teams have each enjoyed successful seasons in 2017. Both teams learned this week that they will get the opportunity to compete for a National Championship. The Orange women’s team was selected as an at-large team for the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, which will be held May 26-28 in West Windsor, N.J.

This is the second year in a row that Syracuse has been selected for the National Championships, and the third time in program history. The Orange will send three boats to the NCAA meet. The 2V8, which won the ACC title last week, is the 10th seed. The 1V8 will be the 14th seed, and the 1V4 is seeded 15th in the event.

The Syracuse men’s crew team qualified for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta with an eighth place finish in last weekend’s Eastern Sprints. The Orange will compete in the 1V8, 2V8, and 3V8 at the IRA Regatta, which will be held June 2-4 in Gold River, Calif.

Since men’s rowing is not a NCAA sport, this is considered the National Championships. Syracuse will enter the regatta ranked in the top 10. The last time the Orange won the 1V8 title was in 1978 when the competition was held on Onondaga Lake.

Good luck to both squads!