By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — By winning the Big 12 championship over the weekend, the University of Texas earned one of 11 automatic bids to the NCAA rowing championship when the seedings were announced Tuesday.
The invitation is the second in as many years for the No. 8 Longhorns, who earned the top spot in the event’s automatic-qualifier standings.
The event will be held May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
Each of the 22 teams invited will field three boats in the event: I Eights (first eights), II Eights (second eights) and Fours. Each division will be seeded from one to 22 and divided into four heats. UT received the No. 8 seed in the I Eights, the No. 7 seed in the II Eights and the No. 10 seed in the Fours.
The other teams to earn automatic bids to the NCAA championship were California, UCF, Gonzaga, Jacksonville, Northeastern, Ohio State, Princeton, Rhode Island, Navy and Virginia. Schools receiving at-large invitations were Brown, Duke, Indiana, Michigan, Stanford, Syracuse, USC, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Yale.