PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – No. 9 Brown University women's crew won its fourth straight team points trophy and claimed first-place finishes in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and C varsity four at the 2017 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday at Cooper River Park.
"We've definitely gotten a lot faster over the course of the spring," Brown head coach John Murphy said. "Hopefully we will be selected on Tuesday for the NCAAs, and we can take it up a notch."
The Bears claimed their fourth straight team title with 81 points, topping No. 7 Princeton (76), No. 6 Yale (71), Penn (50), No. 18 Radcliffe (46), Columbia (29), Cornell (23), and Dartmouth (15). As a team, Brown totaled a 34-7 record over the day's 10 races.
"That was our goal from day one – to win the team points trophy," senior Alia Shafi said. "We are really happy we did that, and it shows our potential and depth moving forward if we get a bid to NCAAs. It was a great step in the right direction."
Princeton won the first varsity eight race, which decides the conference title and league's automatic berth in the NCAA Championships, as well as the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy for its victory in the 1V8.
Brown came in second in the first varsity eight race, and the members of the first varsity eight will earn Second Team All-Ivy honors based on the results. The crew has come in first or second in the 1V8 in each of the last four years.
Brown will now look for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which will take place at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., from May 26-28 with the Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference acting as co-hosts. The NCAA will air the selection show for the event on Tuesday, May 16 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com. The Bears stand as one of three schools, with Princeton and Washington, to appear in all previous 20 NCAA Championships.
The Bears' second varsity eight won its fifth straight Ivy League title while the C varsity four claimed gold in back-to-back seasons. The third varsity eight placed first after finishing in second in each of the last three years. The Bears' A varsity four won silver, and the B varsity four came in fourth.
In the final race of the day, Brown's first varsity eight gained a silver medal with a time of 6:11.388. Princeton took the race and the Ivy League championship in 6:07.383, defeating the Bears by 4.005 seconds. Brown beat third-place Yale (6:14.531) by 3.143 seconds as well as Penn (6:22.784), Radcliffe (6:23.588), and Columbia (6:28.868).
Brown's second varsity eight won an Ivy title for the fifth straight year behind a time of 6:17.692, defeating Princeton (6:20.575) by 2.833 seconds and Yale (6:24.260) by 6.568 seconds. The Bears also topped Penn (6:28.515), Radcliffe (6:33.704), and Cornell (6:45.854) while dealing Yale its first loss of the season in the event.
"I think it was a really big accomplishment to win in the 2V. We definitely picked up speed throughout the season," Shafi said. "I think moving forward it shows how much potential we have for NCAAs if we are selected."
The Bears' A varsity four earned silver medals with a time of 7:06.640, trailing first-place Yale (7:05.270) by 1.370 seconds and topping third-place Princeton (7:08.497) by 1.857 seconds. Brown also bested Penn (7:18.348), Radcliffe (7:23.888), and Columbia (7:28.240).
In the B varsity four, Brown placed fourth behind a time of 7:31.591. Yale took the race in 7:14.752, Princeton came in second in 7:17.152, and Radcliffe finished third in 7:27.956 – 3.635 seconds ahead of Brown. The Bears topped Columbia (7:33.892) by 2.301 seconds and Cornell (7:40.409).
Brown won the third varsity eight behind a time of 6:34.273, beating Yale (6:38.438) by 4.165 seconds and Radcliffe (6:39.168) by 4.895 seconds while also defeating Cornell (6:48.818), Princeton (7:07.598), Dartmouth (7:18.143), and Radcliffe's 4V8 (7:21.395).
The Bears' C varsity four won its race in a time of 7:32.190, edging Penn (7:35.805) by 3.615 seconds, Princeton (7:42.859) by 10.669 seconds, and Columbia (8:01.259).
Brown's first varsity eight improved its record to 16-4 on the year, the second varsity eight moved to 17-3 on the season, and the A varsity four went to 13-7 on the year. The Bears' third varsity eight bettered its season mark to 9-1, and the BV4 sent its campaign mark to 8-4.
Morning Heats Recap
Brown advanced all four of its boats to the grand finals and won three of its heats to open the 2017 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday morning at Cooper River Park.
The Bears took first place in their heats for the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and B varsity four while the A varsity four came in third place, placing just 0.011 seconds out of second. Brown compiled a 10-2 record as a team over its four morning races.
In the Bears' first heat of the day, Brown's first varsity eight won its heat with a time of 6:21.374, topping Yale (6:24.824) by 3.450 seconds, Penn (6:33.597) by 8.773 seconds, and Dartmouth (6:37.102) by 15.728 seconds.
Brown's second varsity eight captured its heat behind a time of 6:30.868, outdistancing Princeton (6:39.643) by 8.775 seconds, Cornell (6:47.790) by 16.922 seconds, and Columbia (6:56.590) by 25.722 seconds.
In a photo finish with 1.901 seconds separating first and third and 0.011 seconds splitting second from third, Brown's AV4 came in third in its heat with a time of 7:20.714. Princeton won the heat in 7:18.813 while Penn took second in 7:20.703. Brown topped fourth-place Cornell (7:49.892) by over 29 seconds.
The Bears' B varsity four claimed its heat with a time of 7:35.232, crossing the finish 2.123 seconds ahead of Cornell (7:37.355), 4.318 seconds ahead of Radcliffe (7:39.550), and 11.863 seconds ahead of Penn (7:47.095).
The third varsity eight and C varsity four compete in finals only.
Brown Schedule/Results (34-7)
8:15 a.m. – First Varsity Eight -- Heat 2, Lane 3 – First (3-0) – 6:21.374
8:45 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Heat 2, Lane 4 – First (3-0) – 6:30.868
9:15 a.m. – A Varsity Four – Heat 2, Lane 4 – Third (1-2) – 7:20.714
9:45 a.m. – B Varsity Four – Heat 2, Lane 3 – First (3-0) – 7:47.095
Grand Finals (24-5)
12:00 p.m. – Third Varsity Eight – Lane 2 – First (6-0) – 6:34.273 – 6 Points
12:15 p.m. – C Varsity Four – Lane 3 – First (3-0) – 7:32.190 – 4 Points
12:45 p.m. – B Varsity Four – Lane 3 – Fourth (2-3) – 7:31.591 – 5 Points
1:30 p.m. – A Varsity Four – Lane 1 – Second (4-1) – 7:06.640 – 14 Points
2:00 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Lane 3 – First (5-0) – 6:17.692 – 24 Points
2:30 p.m. – First Varsity Eight – Lane 4 – Second (4-1) – 6:11.388 – 28 Points
Team Point Standings
1. Brown: 81
2. Princeton: 76
3. Yale: 71
4. Penn: 50
5. Radcliffe: 46
6. Columbia: 29
7. Cornell: 23
8. Dartmouth: 15