Women’s Crew Earns 21st Consecutive Bid to NCAA Championships

Women’s Crew Earns 21st Consecutive Bid to NCAA Championships

Heat and Lane Assignments | NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS – Brown University women's crew has earned an at-large bid into the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships set for Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., from May 26-28, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

Brown will compete in the NCAA Championships for the 21st consecutive year and stands as one of three programs, along with Princeton and Washington, to take part in all 21 championships since the event's inception in 1997. Under head coach John Murphy the Bears have won seven NCAA titles, with the most recent occurring in 2011.

The Bears earned the No. 8 seed in the first varsity eight and will compete in heat one on Friday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. against top-seeded Washington, ninth-seeded Yale, 16th-seeded Wisconsin, and 17th-seeded UCF.

Brown's second varsity eight claimed the No. 3 seed and will race in heat three at 10:12 a.m. on Friday, squaring off with sixth-seeded Princeton, 11th-seeded Virginia, 14th-seeded Notre Dame, 19th-seeded Navy, and 22nd-seeded Jacksonville.

The Bears' varsity four gained the No. 7 seed and will take part in heat two at 10:48 a.m. on Friday, competing against second-seeded California, 10th-seeded Princeton, 15th-seeded Syracuse, and 18th-seeded UCF.

The championship, this year co-hosted by the Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is composed of 22 teams. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field. Teams qualifying for the championship as an automatic qualifier or as an at-large are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. For the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four, all 22 boats are seeded into four heats.

Brown will enter the championship coming off its fourth straight team points trophy at the Ivy League Championship. At the Ivy Championship on Sunday, Brown took victories in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and C varsity four while finishing in second in the first varsity eight and A varsity four, and fourth in the B varsity four. 

Automatic Qualifiers (11):
UCF (American Athletic Conference)
Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)
Jacksonville (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
Massachusetts (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Navy (Patriot League)
Northeastern (Colonial Athletic Association)
Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)
Princeton (Ivy League)
Texas (Big 12 Conference)
Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Washington (Pac-12 Conference) 

At-Large Selections (11):
Notre Dame
Washington State

2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Seeding
Seed I Eights II Eights Fours
1 Washington Washington Washington
2 California California California
3 Texas Brown Michigan
4 Princeton Michigan Ohio State
5 Ohio State Texas Yale
6 Stanford Princeton Wisconsin
7 Michigan Ohio State Brown
8 Brown Yale Virginia
9 Yale Wisconsin Texas
10 Washington State Syracuse Princeton
11 Indiana Virginia Stanford
12 Virginia Stanford Washington State
13 Notre Dame Iowa Gonzaga
14 Syracuse Notre Dame Indiana
15 Iowa Indiana Syracuse
16 Wisconsin Washington State Iowa
17 UCF Gonzaga Notre Dame
18 Gonzaga Northeastern UCF
19 Northeastern Navy Navy
20 Navy Massachusetts Northeastern
21 Massachusetts UCF Massachusetts
22 Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville