CBS to air spring championships show
Total of 29 championships from spring will be highlighted
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the 10th consecutive year, all 89 NCAA championships will receive television exposure, including 29 spring championships featured in two one-hour specials.
CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA: The Buick Highlight Show Presented by LG Part I will air on June 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern, with Part II airing on June 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern, both on CBS. Highlights and stories from rowing, lacrosse, water polo, tennis, outdoor track and field, softball and baseball will be featured in the program.
The first spring championships show installment contains 15 championship events and the second episode contains 14 events. Featuring individuals and teams pursuing their ultimate goal to become a national champion, some of the stories include:
• Part I: Kelsey Bortnem of Augustana (S.D.) received a life-altering diagnosis that required a bone marrow transplant in spring 2011. Less than a year after that transplant, Bortnem is back on the golf course helping her Vikings team in its pursuit of the Division II women’s golf title.
• Part I: Sidney Thorsten aims to close out her historical career by leading the Virginia rowing team to its first national championship in the Varsity 8 boat. Thorsten is the first coxswain in the history of the Virginia rowing program to be at the helm of the Varsity 8 boat for all four years.
• Part II: Stanford attempts to defend its women’s water polo championship while missing three of its strongest athletes, who are competing on the U.S. Olympic Team. The three women share their thoughts on what it means to be an Olympian and how their bond with the Stanford team remains strong despite their absence.
• Part II: Limestone draws inspiration from sophomore Mike Ponzio in its run during the Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Ponzio’s younger brother, Tyler, was stricken with Hodgkins Lymphoma and the Saints have rallied around the family through the season. The team continues to draw from Tyler’s strength and perseverance as it pursues championship goals.
• Part II: Alabama attempts to become only the third school in NCAA history to capture both the Division I men’s and women’s golf championships in the same season.
CBS Sports has aired 29 seasonal shows from the three NCAA sports seasons (fall, winter, spring) during the last 10 years. The June 17 and 23 shows are the 30th edition of CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA. Each seasonal show features highlights and unique student-athlete stories from a variety of NCAA Division I, II and III championships.