May 13, 2013

Loggers Receive 11th Straight Bid To NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – Make it 11 in a row! The Puget Sound women's varsity eight was selected as an at-large boat in the NCAA Championships at the end of the month. The selection is the 11th consecutive bid for the Loggers.

"We're excited to head to head to Indianapolis for the NCAA Championships," commented head coach Aaron Benson. "We'll race some very fast crews there, and we hope to be a worthy representative of the West Coast."

As the top team and the top boat in the Pacific region, the Loggers expected to hear their name called during Monday's selection show and their expectations were fulfilled. The Loggers top boat was selected as one of two at-large boats in the field. Ithaca's varsity eight was the other at-large boat selected.

Seven-time defending national champions Williams earned an automatic bid as a conference champion, as did Washington (Md.). Wellesley, William Smith, Bates and Trinity (Conn.) earned at-large team selections. The six team-selections will have both their varsity eight and second varsity eight in the field. 

The national regatta will take place on May 31-June 1 for Division III at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. in conjunction with the Division I and Division II national championships.

Click here for the release from the NCAA. And check out the Loggers reaction to the bid below.

Leah Shamlian, Oaktown, Va.

Leah Shamlian came to Puget Sound from Virginia because she wanted a college that let her balance coursework and crew while still being competitive. “At Puget Sound, I have found a combination of academics and athletics that lets me challenge myself in both areas without curtailing my involvement in either. Faculty support has helped me to already exceed my collegiate rowing career expectations, and I look forward to working toward the continued success of Logger Crew.”