May 27, 2007

Women's Crew Brings Home NCAA Title

May 27, 2007

Oak Ridge, TN - The Brown women's crew has claimed its fifth NCAA Championship at the 2007 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. It was a perfect way for Brown to send off its seniors, who missed their graduation ceremony today.

"It's great. What can I say? It's just so special," said Brown head coach John Murphy. "The whole setting here is just outstanding. Tennessee is very fortunate to get to row out here. It's a great pleasure to win."

"We have been very fortunate to have good depth," said Murphy. "As you can see, on a team like this it takes every single person and we are very proud of them."

Bruno's varsity fours placed second to Virginia with a time of 7:45.54, while California took third with a 7:47.87 and Princeton in fourth with a 7:50.90. Washington's 7:53.75 was good for fifth and Yale came in last with a 7:54.41.

In the varsity fours was freshman Aubrey Fitzpatrick (Pennington, NJ), freshman Nicole McDonald (San Francisco, CA) in the third seat, freshman Molly Junck (Ann Arbor, MI) in the second seat, freshman Hannah Malvin (Pittsburg, PA) and coxswain Rebecca Fein (Princeton, NJ).

Brown's second eights came in third with a time of 6:59.71. Minnesota claimed first with a 6:56.39, while California took second with a 6:59.15. Virginia came in fourth, Ohio State in fifth and Washington in sixth.

Rowing for Brown's second eights was senior stroke Jeanette Saraidaridis (Reading, MA), sophomore Anabel Agloro (South San Franciso, CA) in seat seven, freshman Corlis Gross (Rumford, RI) in the sixth seat, sophomore Kelly O'Brien (Avon, CT) in the fifth seat, senior Elizabeth Fison (Anchorage, AK) in the fourth seat, and senior Sarah Brooks (Weston, MA) in seat three. Junior Christine Flynn (Darien, CT) was in the two seat, sophomore Carly Traub (North Eastham, MA) at bow and sophomore coxswain Cristina Caligiuri (Columbus, OH)

In a very exciting and close varsity eight race, Yale took the immediate lead and never let it go with Virginia, Southern Cal and Ohio State battling back and forth for second and third place. But the Bears fought until the end, especially in the last 500-meters when Brown was able to push ahead of the others and hold onto second. But Ohio State and Southern California got ahead in the final seconds, securing second and third place finishes.

Yale crossed the line at 6:37.08, while Ohio State came in second with a 6:38.77. Southern California placed third with a 6:39.45, while Brown finished in fourth with a 6:39.55. Virginia placed fifth and Princeton came in sixth.

"We had our eye on them the whole time," said Brown Co-captain Rachel Dearborn about racing Virginia for the national championship in the varsity eight grand final. "We knew they were the other team competing (for the championship). But Ohio State, Yale, and USC raced really hard and deserve congratulations."

Brown's varsity eight comprised of sophomore stroke Jessica Stage (Alexandria, VA), junior Vanessa Rathbone (New Canaan, CT) in seven, sophomore Joanna Jacob (Berkeley, CA) in six, senior Devorah West (Santa Fe, NM) in the fifth seat, sophomore Corey Finnerty-Ludwig (Seattle, WA) in the fourth seat and junior Emma Olson (New Haven, CT) in the third. Senior Alexandra Hammer (Chestnut Hill, MA) was in seat two, senior Rachel Dearborn at bow, and junior Sarah Wu (North Andover, MA) was the coxswain.

"We work extremely hard all year," said Co-captain Elizabeth Fison. "It's always our main goal to win the team title and we work toward that from day one."

"The competition gets tougher and tougher every year, and that is evident in all of the close finishes that we had this weekend," said Murphy. "We hope to be back here again in the future."

Final Standings
1. Brown - 58
2. Virgina - 54
3. Ohio State - 52
4. Yale - 51
5. Southern California - 48
6. Minnesota - 47
7. California - 38
8. Princeton - 34
9. Tennessee - 29
10. Washington - 25
11. Harvard - 10
12. Notre Dame - 13