Brown Second Varsity Advances to NCAA Women’s Division I Semifinals

West Windsor, N.J. – The Brown University Women's Crew faced a tough field in its 16th-straight NCAA Championship on Lake Mercer, but the Bears second varsity boat finished third overall in its heat to advance to tomorrow's semifinals. Bruno's varsity eight and varsity four boats were in action twice, racing in both their heat and the repechage.

Competing in the first heat of the second varsity eight, Brown was matched up against California, USC, Wisconsin and USC. The Bears showed good speed throughout, finishing just a few seats behind first-place Cal. Bruno was able to hold off Wisconsin, topping the Badgers by just over a second to take third and advance to the semis with a time of 6:56.49.

The 2V8 boat will take part in the semifinals tomorrow, Saturday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m., in a heat versus Wisconsin, Virginia, California, Princeton and USC.

In the first Division I race of the day, the varsity eight posted the eighth fastest time of any V8 boat, but finished fourth in a stacked heat including Ivy Champ Radcliffe, ACC Champ Virginia, Ivy rival Yale and West Coast power Washington, with a time of 6:50.78, just missing a direct trip to the semifinals.

The Bears were able to improve their time by three-tenths of a second in the repechage, but in an extremely close race in which places two-through-five were decided by just two seconds, Brown finished fifth overall.

The varsity four also faced a tough field with Ohio State, Yale, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and USC, posting a time of 7:42.9. In the repechage, the Bears once again found themselves in a close battle for the final semifinal spot, but could not catch Cornell, placing fourth with a time of 7:58.00.

Both the V8 and V4 boats will compete in the third-level final on Sunday.

 

RACE RESULTS

Varsity Eight – Heat One

1. Virginia – 6:37.03

2. Washington – 6:43.51

3. Harvard – 6:44.18

4. Brown – 6:50.78

5. Yale – 6:52. 60

 

Varsity Eight – Repechage

1. Stanford – 6:47.31

2. Cornell – 6:50.28

3. Yale – 6:51.20

4. Michigan State – 6:51.55

5. Brown – 6:52.46

6. Wisconsin – 6:54.30

7. Notre Dame – 7:07.98

 

Second Varsity – Heat One

1. California – 6:52.49

2. UCA – 6:54.50

3. Brown – 6:55.22

4. Wisconsin – 6:56.49

5. USC – 7:01.65

 

Varsity Four – Heat Three 

1. Ohio State – 7:19.94

2. Yale – 7:25.73

3. Wisconsin – 7:28.88

4. Notre Dame – 7:32. 14

5. USC – 7:40.16

6. Brown – 7:42.79

 

Varsity Four – Repechage

1. Michigan – 7:50.90

2. Notre Dame – 7:51.50

3. Cornell – 7:52.24

4. Brown – 7:58.00

5. Stanford – 8:02.48

6. USC – 8:06.66

7. Michigan State – 8:07.05