No. 6 Women’s Crew Set for 21st Straight Appearance at NCAA Championships

No. 6 Women’s Crew Set for 21st Straight Appearance at NCAA Championships

Postseason Guide

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 6 Brown University women's crew will make its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and will aim for its eighth national title when the Bears compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., from May 26-28.

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THE PATH TO A NATIONAL TITLE
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships feature 22 teams, which compete for a national title based on a points system that weighs the finish of each boat in its respective race.

The championship begins with four heats for each of the three boats – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four – on Friday. The top two boats from each heat advance to the A/B semifinals while the remaining crews proceed to the repechage races on Friday afternoon. The top two crews from the repechages also advance to the A/B semifinals while the remainders are placed in the C/D semifinals.

From there, the top three boats in each of the A/B semifinals move onto the grand final with the remainder proceeding to the petite final. The top three crews in the C/D semifinals advance to the C final while the rest compete in the D final.

In the finals, each boat earns points based off its finish in its race, and the program with the most points between its three crews at the conclusion of all the races earns the title of NCAA Champion. 

BROWN'S HEATS
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. 

BRUNO AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brown has won seven NCAA titles all-time and qualified for all 21 NCAA Championships since the event began in 1997. The Bears claimed national championships in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011.

Head coach John Murphy has directed the Bears to all of those titles, and under his watch, Brown has finished in the top five of the championship in 17 of its previous 20 appearances and in the top seven in 19 of those 20 appearances. 

RETURNING TO THE GARDEN STATE
The NCAA Championships return to the state of New Jersey for the fifth time and will take place on Mercer Lake for the third time. Mercer Lake previously hosted the event in 2006 – when the Bears finished second – and in 2012. NCAAs have taken place at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J., twice – in 2000 and 2009 – with Brown claiming its second NCAA title in 2000.

FOURTH STRAIGHT IVY TEAM POINTS TROPHY
Brown 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, May 14 at Cooper River Park. The Bears claimed the title with 81 points, topping Princeton (76), Yale (71), Penn (50), Radcliffe (46), Columbia (29), Cornell (23), and Dartmouth (15).

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' first varsity eight and A varsity four both won silver, and the B varsity four came in fourth. 

IN THE POLLS
Brown moved up to No. 6 in the latest USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll after its performance at the Ivy Championship. The two other Ivy schools to appear in the rankings include No. 7 Princeton and No. 9 Yale. Washington holds the poll's top spot with No. 2 California and No. 3 Michigan rounding out the top three. Texas and Ohio State stand in a tie for fourth ahead of Brown while No. 8 Stanford and No. 10 Virginia complete the top 10. The top 16 schools in the poll all earned berths in the NCAA Championships. 

ALL-IVY ACCOLADES
All nine members of Brown's first varsity eight earned Second Team All-Ivy honors for their performance at the Ivy League Championship. The members of Brown's first varsity eight included senior coxswain Lucie Hajian (Newton, Mass.), junior stroke Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.), sophomore 7-seat Katherine Squitieri (Wilton, Conn.), junior 6-seat Jennifer Mundelius (Danville, Calif.), senior 5-seat Monika Sobieszek (Stoneham, Mass.), freshman 4-seat Louise Sommer (Evanston, Ill.), junior 3-seat Tara Bozzini (Lafayette, Calif.), junior 2-seat Regina Brown (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and senior bow Lia Keyser (Cambridge, Mass.).

Sobieszek earned All-Ivy honors for the fourth time after collecting First Team accolades in 2015 and Second Team laurels in 2014 and 2016. Madden gained All-Ivy status for the third straight season, taking First Team in 2015 and Second Team in 2016, while Keyser collected Second Team All-Ivy honors in back-to-back years. The other six members of the crew garnered All-Ivy plaudits for the first time. 

JERSEY REPRESENTATION
Brown carries three student-athletes on its roster who hail from the state of New Jersey. The triumvirate includes freshman Caitlin Cleary (Princeton, N.J.), junior Geena Fram (Lawrenceville, N.J.), and freshman Catherine Porter (Hopewell, N.J.). Cleary and Fram both feature on the Bears' NCAA roster. 

ROAD TRIP DOWN I-95
The Bears will make their third trip to the state of New Jersey this spring and will make their first appearance on Mercer Lake this season. Brown competed at Princeton's Lake Carnegie on Mar. 25 and raced in the Ivy League Championship at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., on May 14.

Brown's first varsity eight has compiled an 8-2 record in the Garden State this season, including a 7-1 mark at the Ivy Championship. The Bears' second varsity eight went 9-1 in New Jersey with an 8-0 mark on May 14, and the A varsity four finished 6-4 in New Jersey with a 5-3 mark at Ivies. 

THE BEARS' RECORDS
Brown's first varsity eight enters the NCAA Championships with a 16-4 overall record, including a 9-3 mark in the regular season, a 7-1 record at the Ivy Championship, and a 7-4 record vs. ranked opponents. The Bears' second varsity eight carries a 17-3 record into NCAAs behind a 9-3 regular season record, an 8-0 mark at Ivies, and an 8-3 record vs. ranked foes. The A varsity four brings a 13-7 record into the weekend with an 8-4 regular season mark, 5-3 record at Ivies, and 5-6 mark against ranked opponents. 

FAMILIAR FOES
Brown has raced against six other crews in the NCAA Championships field including automatic qualifiers UCF, Gonzaga, and Princeton as well as at-large selections California, Stanford, and Yale. The Bears met each school once during the regular season prior to competing against Princeton and Yale again at the Ivy League Championship. Brown's first varsity eight holds a 5-4 record against the field, the second varsity eight carries a 6-3 mark against NCAA teams, and the varsity four brings a 4-5 record against the field. 

DIVISION I SCHEDULE

Friday, May 26 – Heats
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 1 (Brown)
9:12 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 2
9:24 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 3
9:36 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 4
9:48 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 1
10:00 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 2
10:12 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 3 (Brown)
10:24 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 4
10:36 a.m. – Fours – Heat 1
10:48 a.m. – Fours – Heat 2 (Brown)
11:00 a.m. – Fours – Heat 3
11:12 a.m. – Fours – Heat 4 

Friday, May 26 – Repechages
4:12 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 1
4:24 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 2
4:36 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 1
4:48 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 2
5:00 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 1
5:12 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 2 

Saturday, May 27
8:12 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals 1
8:24 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals 2
8:36 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals 1
8:48 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals 2
9:00 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semifinals 1
9:12 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semifinals 2
9:24 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals 1
9:36 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals 2
9:48 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals 1
10:00 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals 2
10:12 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals 1
10:24 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals 2 

Sunday, May 28 – C/D Finals
8:12 a.m. – Fours – D Final (Places 19-22)
8:24 a.m. – Fours – C Final (Places 13-18)
8:36 a.m. – II Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
8:48 a.m. – II Eights – C Final (Places 13-18)
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
9:12 a.m. – I Eights – C Final (Places 13-18)

Sunday, May 28 – Petite/Grand Finals
10:00 a.m. – Fours – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:12 a.m. – Fours – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:24 a.m. – II Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:36 a.m. – II Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:48 a.m. – I Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
11:00 a.m. – I Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
Noon – Awards Ceremony

POINT BREAKDOWN

2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Points System
Place 1V8 2V8 V4
1 66 44 22
2 63 42 21
3 60 40 20
4 57 38 19
5 54 36 18
6 51 34 17
7 48 32 16
8 45 30 15
9 42 28 14
10 39 26 13
11 36 24 12
12 33 22 11
13 30 20 10
14 27 18 9
15 24 16 8
16 21 14 7
17 18 12 6
18 15 10 5
19 12 8 4
20 9 6 3
21 6 4 2
22 3 2 1

SEEDING

2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Seedings
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 St. Syracuse Princeton
11 Indiana Virginia Stanford
12 Virginia Stanford Washington St.
13 Notre Dame Iowa Gonzaga
14 Syracuse Notre Dame Indiana
15 Iowa Indiana Syracuse
16 Wisconsin Washington St. 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