MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's crew Varsity 8 boat earned an at-large berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships, which will take place May 26-27 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. The Ivy League and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will serve as hosts.
- The championships are comprised of six teams and each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and a coxswain. Two at-large Eight boats are also selected.
- Four teams were awarded automatic qualification by winning their respective conference title – RIT, Washington College, Wellesley and Bates. Ithaca and Williams were selected by the committee, and Pacific Lutheran and Wesleyan's Varsity 8 boats earned at-large berths.
- Ava Miller-Lewis '17 headlines the boat, as she was recently named to the 2017 National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) All-Stewards Team.
- Miller-Lewis was also named a First Team All-NESCAC selection, while Annalee Holmdahl '17 earned Second Team All-Conference.
- The Cardinals were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country for the majority of the year, and finished the season No. 6 in the final USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll.
- In the fall, Wesleyan won all three regattas it competed in, which included the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Fish.
- This spring, the Cardinals defeated Little Three rival Williams College in its head-to-head matchup for the first time since 1999, and later placed second overall at the New England Rowing Championships.
- Last year, Wesleyan's V8 took home bronze to become the first at-large to win a medal in NCAA Tournament history.
THE NAMING OF THE VARSITY 8 BOAT:
- The Cardinals named their V8 boat, "Fin and Nancy Meislahn" after Nancy Meislahn, the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and her husband, Findley. Findley, who was the long-time rowing head coach at Cornell, has been an informal advisor to the Cardinals' women's rowers since moving to Wesleyan.
- "We are thrilled, it's an unexpected honor," said Nancy. "We are so impressed with what the women have accomplished on and off the water.