May 28, 2004
Sacramento, CA - The Brown women's crew team started off the NCAA Championships with strong performances by all three of its boats in the first day of competition on Friday. In its first race of the day, the varsity eight placed first in its highly competitive heat, recording the fastest time of all three morning heats, featuring a total of 16 teams. The win advances the crew to the semifinals tomorrow. The second varsity eight advanced to the finals with a first place finish in its heat and the varsity four will compete in tomorrow's repechage race with a third place finish in its heat today.
The Bears time of 6:44.1 was over two seconds faster then second place finisher Yale in the varsity eight race. Princeton placed third while Harvard was fourth and Washington State was fifth. After the Tigers took an early lead Brown, stroked by sophomore Deborah Dryer (Cinncinati, OH), charged ahead by the third 500 meters and never relinquished its lead.
In the second varsity eight race, the Bears dominated, maintaining an open water lead for virtually the entire race. At the finish line, Brown, stroked by senior Diane Schneider (Saratoga, CA), was half a length of open water in front of second place finisher Virginia, with a time of 6:47.3. In third was Michigan, while Wisconsin was fourth, Ohio State was fifth and Michigan State was sixth. The Bears remain undefeated with the win as they will look to capture the gold medal on Sunday.
The varsity four timed in at 7:41.6, placing third in its six-team heat. Brown was nearly neck-in-neck with Ohio State and Washington through the first half of the race but Ohio State and Washington broke out towards the end, finishing first and second respectively. Wisconsin placed fourth behind Brown with Michigan and Harvard finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
"It was a good strong start for us," said Head Coach John Murphy. "It's a great way to start things off."
Up next for Brown will be the varsity four repechage race at 9:30 a.m. pacific time tomorrow. The Bears will face Michigan State, Washington State, Yale and Wisconsin in the race. The top two finishers of the race will advance to the finals on Sunday.
The varsity eight semifinals will also be held tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Varsity Eight Heat Three Results
Second Varsity Eight Heat 1 Results
5-Ohio State 6:59.0
6-Michigan State 7:01.7
Varsity Four Heat 2 Results
1-Ohio State 7:35.4