Brown Women’s Crew Advances to NCAA Championship for 15th-Consecutive Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – After placing second overall at the EAWRC Sprints in Camden, N.J., this past weekend, Brown women's crew advances as a full team to the 2011 NCAA Championship on Lake Natoma for the 15th-consecutive season. The Bears will now travel cross-country to Sacramento, Calif., with races taking place on May 27-29.

Brown's varsity eight boat will be featured in heat number two. The second varsity eight will be paired with Ivy League-rival Princeton in the heat one. The varsity four pairs Brown with another Ivy League-opponent, Dartmouth.

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The Bears were the top team in the New England Region ahead of conference rivals, Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth while also featuring the top boats in the V8, 2V8 and V4. Currently, Brown is ranked sixth in the country in the latest CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Pol.

Last year, Brown and head coach John Murphy placed fifth at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship, held at the same venue as 2011, on Lake Natoma, just outside of Sacramento, Calif.

With their fifth-place finish, the Bears have placed in the top-five at all 14 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, winning six NCAA titles and finishing second three more times.

Brown has won more national championships than any other collegiate program since the championship's inception in 1997. Washington is second with three titles, while California is third with two.