March 26, 2011

Brown Opens Season with Ivy League Rival Princeton and Michigan Sate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's crew, which is ranked No. 5 in the CRCA/USRowing Preseason Coaches Poll, starts the spring season against some strong competition. On Saturday, March 26, the Bears will travel Princeton, N.J., to take on No. 2 Princeton and No. 8 Michigan State.

Head coach John Murphy and the women's varsity four are coming off a first-place finish at the Foot of the Charles back on November 13. Brown will look to ride the momentum, as well as the offseason training time, to make its way back to the top of the polls, and all of collegiate rowing. 

Assistant coach Phoebe Murphy was honored last month by the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Coaches (EAWRC), as the top assistant coach of the 2010 season.

Saturday's Race Schedule

9 a.m. • V4+B
9:20 a.m. • 3V
9:40 a.m. • V4+A
10 a.m. • 2V
10:20 a.m. • 1V

Princeton head coach Lori Dauphiny returns several familiar faces from her top boat. The varsity eight that medalled at both EAWRCs and NCAAs had only two seniors in it, and one was the coxswain. Of course, those two seniors were key components of a boat that rose to the top of the national rankings; Ari Frost was both a veteran in the varsity eight and ultimately led the U.S. 8+ to gold at the 2010 U-23 World Championships, while Sara Hendershot was both the stroke and ultimate leader of the boat. She went on win gold in the 4- at the U-23 Worlds last summer.

Michigan State head coach Matt Weise has been happy with his team's progress both throughout the fall and in early pre-season training. The Spartans spent spring break training in Florida, and wrapped up that trip with some scrimmages against defending National Champion Virginia two weeks ago to get some actual racing in.

The Bears will have another road test at Radcliffe on April 2, before heading out to Sacramento, Calif., on April 16-17 for the Lake Natoma Invitational. Brown hosts two home meets on April 22 and 23 when the Bears take on BU and URI, and Cornell and Columbia.