PENNSAUKEN, N.J.—George Washington will make a serious push Saturday to become the first team to unseat the dynamic duo of Massachusetts and Rhode Island when the 2017 Atlantic 10 Rowing Championship beings on the Cooper River.
The Colonials have been seeded first in two events and seeded second in the other two events, the only team to be seeded first or second in all four events. GW is challenging defending champion Rhode Island, which was seeded first by the coaches in the Second Varsity 8 and the Varsity four.
Saint Joseph's is the only team outside of UMass and Rhode Island to win an A-10 rowing title. The Hawks pulled their upset in 2011, and George Washington is poised to do the same this year.
GW is seeded first in the Varsity 8 and Third Varsity 8. Although the latter is a non-scoring event, the Colonials are seeded second in the Second Varsity 8 and the Varsity 4 just behind Rhody.
UMass is seeded third in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 and fourth in the Second Varsity 8. Fordham is third in the Second Varsity 8 while Saint Joseph's is second in the Third Varsity 8, followed by URI.
The winner of the A-10 Rowing Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The preliminary races begin at 8:00 a.m. with two heats each of the three scoring events (Varsity 4, Second Varsity 8, Varsity 8). Following a 40-minute break, the finals begin at 10:30 a.m. with the exhibition Third Varsity 8. The grand and petite finals of each scoring race will be run, concluding with the grand final of the Varsity 8, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm.
The awards ceremony will follow the competition at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Admission to the championship is free. Live results are available here, or on the championship page.