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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The defending National Champs begin postseason competition this weekend when the Brown Women's Crew competes in the inaugural Ivy League Championshipon the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. With all eight Ivy's competing, the Bears will be looking to solidify a return trip to the NCAA Division I Championship and its first Ivy League title since 2008. Bruno has won eight Ivy Championships, with their first coming in 1988.
Brown enters the regatta as the second-seeded crew, behind Princeton. The Bears varsity eight boat has been on a tear as of late, winning its past four races including a group title at the Lake Natoma Invitational which is the same course where the team won the 2011 national championship.
The Ivy League is conducting its first women's rowing championship event after a 37-year history of determining its champion at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Sprints.
Six Ivy institutions -- Columbia, Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Penn, Princeton and Yale -- joined 11 other schools to form the EAWRC in 1974 as women's rowing had been growing in the United States, especially on the collegiate level, in the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Held on Lake Besek in Middlefield, Conn., the 1974 EAWRC championship saw Radcliffe defeat 18 other boats to capture the first EAWRC title as well as the first Ivy League title in the sport of women's rowing.
Brown and Cornell, along with Northeastern and Wisconsin, joined the EAWRC prior to the 1979 championship, which took place on Lake Waramaug in New Preston, Conn.
As it has been in the past, the Ivy champion is determined by the fastest boat in the varsity eight grand final.
2012 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Seedings
As of May 9
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Varsity Four A
Varsity Four B
Varsity Four C
1. Radcliffe C
4. Radcliffe D
The Ivy League is making a landmark greening commitment as the first collegiate athletics conference to team up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the principal environmental advisor to all U.S. professional sports leagues, in the name of environmental protection.
To kick off this partnership and the greening of all its championships, the Ivy League integrated ecologically intelligent practices into the planning and production of the inaugural Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship.