March 24, 2006

Bears' Oarswomen Take To The Water This Weekend In Spring Opener

March 24, 2006

Providence, RI - The winningest team in NCAA Championship history, the Brown women's crew will be in good position to solidify that standing in 2006 as Head Coach John Murphy has put together one of the strongest all-around teams in the nation. The crew opens up its spring season this Saturday at Princeton, taking on the Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines on the Carnagie River. While Brown was picked sixth in the CRCA/USRowing Collegiate Poll, Princeton earned the top spot. Michigan was picked seventh behind the Bears.

Brown returns seven from their varsity eight, six from their second varsity eight and all five from their varsity four, which placed second at the NCAA Championship last year. Novice coach Phoebe Murphy will direct a large, talented group of freshmen, which will look to continue Brown's dominance in the novice races at the EAWRC Sprint Championships as well.

Seniors Caitlin Flynn (Buffalo, NY), Gillian Almy (West Simsbury), Meg Anderson (Concord, MA), Deborah Dryer (Cincinnati, OH) and coxswain Mira Mehta (Cambridge, MA) all return to headline the varsity eight, which won the petite final in convincing fashion at last year's NCAA Championship. Also returning will be junior Rachel Dearborn (Santa Monica, CA) and sophomore Hannah Garrett (Lake Forest, IL).

Dryer has ample experience as the varsity eight stroke, anchoring that spot for the last two seasons, including the 2004 National Championship boat. Anderson, Almy and Dearborn were also apart of the championship boat in 2004, giving them two years of experience as well. The Bears will welcome back senior Maggie Cheney (Lincoln, MA), juniors Elizabeth Fison (Anchorage, AK), Devorah West (Sante Fe, NM), Jeanette Saraidaridis (Reading, MA) and sophomores Vanessa Rathbone (New Canaan, CT) and Christine Flynn (Darien, CT) from the second varsity eight boat.

Murphy went with a very young group for the varsity four boat at the 2005 NCAA Championship. Despite their youth, now sophomores Sarah Wu (North Andover, MA), Molly Getz (Grosse Pointe, MI) and Emma Olson (New Haven, CT) along with juniors Sarah Brooks (Weston, MA) and Alexandra Hammer (Chestnut Hill, MA) took second place.

Brown will race five of its boats on Saturday at Princeton with the novice four taking off at 9 a.m. The varsity four race will begin at 9:20 a.m., followed by the novice eight at 9:40 a.m. The junior varsity and varsity eight races will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 10:20 a.m., respectively.