April 17, 2011

Sixth-Ranked Bears Take Third at Lake Natoma Invite

Sacramento, Calif. – Brown women's crew finished up the second day of competition on Sunday at the Lake Natoma Invitational and finished third overall with three third-place finishes in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races against perennial powerhouse programs, Stanford and host California.

Reaching the A Group final of each of the three major races, Brown assured itself of at least a third-place finish entering the day. In the first race of the day, the Bears' varsity four finished in 7:28.31. 

In the second varsity eight, Brown battled back-and-forth with Cal throughout the race and nearly pushed ahead near then, but the Golden Bears were able to finish just under three seconds ahead of the Brown boat which finished in 6:37.34.

The grand finale was the varsity eight race between the three juggernauts of women's collegiate rowing. All three boats seemed to bring out the best in one another as all finished with sub-6:30 times. Brown crossed 6:29.14, four second behind second-place Cal.

"Taking three races against Brown is huge," said Cal head coach Dave O'Neill. "Brown is always one best programs in the country, so we're proud of any win over them. We appreciate them for coming out."

The Bear return home on April 22 and the 23 as they host BU and URI on Friday before taking on Ivy League rivals Cornell and Columbia on Saturday.