September 17, 2007

Brown Women's Crew To Be Honored At White House

Sept. 17, 2007

Washington, DC - The Brown women's crew, winners of the 2007 NCAA Division I Rowing Championship, will be going to the White House to be honored by United States President George W. Bush at a ceremony for National Champions on September 21, 2007.

In a long-standing tradition of honoring National Champions from a myriad of sports at the White House, the Brown women's crew will be greeted inside the White House by President Bush at a private meeting with several representatives of the crew, including co-captains Rachel Dearborn `07 and Elizabeth Fison '07, and later move out to the South Lawn for a public ceremony with several other NCAA National Championship teams.

The Brown women's crew will be the first collegiate team from Rhode Island honored by the President of the United States in a White House ceremony.

The Brown women's crew captured the NCAA Division I Rowing Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Sunday, May 27, 2007, after previously winning national titles in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004.

Brown's victory at the 2007 NCAA National Rowing Championship was especially gratifying for coaches John and Phoebe Murphy, rallying the crew that had tied for the NCAA title in 2006, but lost the national team championship on a tiebreaker.

Brown founded its women's rowing program in 1974, and quickly became the winningest crew program in NCAA history. Brown has placed in the top three at every NCAA Division I Rowing Championship since its inception in 1997. Members of the Brown crew excel in the classroom as well as on the water, being recognized as Academic all-Americans and National Scholar-Athletes.