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Kirkland athletes help WWU earn at-large berth at NCAA II rowing championships

The Western Washington University women's rowing team received word this week that it has earned an at-large berth in the 13th annual NCAA Division II National Championships that will be held on May 30 to June 1 at the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Eagle Creek Park near Indianapolis, Ind. It will be co-hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation.

Among the competitors for the team are two Kirkland athletes: junior coxswain Maeghan Callegari and senior No.7 rower Regan Wessman.

The Vikings, who received official confirmation from the NCAA II Women's Rowing Selection Committee, will continue their string of competing at every DII national championship since the event began in 2002. It is the second time WWU has been an at-large entry, the other being in 2003, while representing the West Region every other year.

WWU has never placed lower than third at nationals. The Vikings won seven straight national titles from 2005 to 2011, a record for all NCAA rowing divisions. Last year, they finished third after being second in 2012.

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