November 10, 2008

Brown's 2008 National Championship Women's Crew Makes Return Trip To White House

Nov. 10, 2008

Washington, DC - The 2008 Brown women's crew will be honored at the White House for the second straight year, after winning the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship. Coach John Murphy's crew will be honored by United States President George W. Bush at the White House at a ceremony for National Champions on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.

Each year the White House honors National Champions from a myriad of collegiate and professional sports inside the historic. The women's crew will take part in Champions Day at the White House, along with eight other NCAA Division I Championship teams.

The day will begin with a tour of the White House, followed by a private meeting with President Bush at one of the historic rooms inside the White House. The crew will then head to the South Lawn of the White House for a public ceremony with President Bush.

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

The Brown women's crew, the most successful crew in NCAA Division I Women's Rowing history, defended its NCAA Championship title last spring by rowing to a emotional victory at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, California, earning its sixth NCAA team title.

Coach Murphy's women's crew has now won six national championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and has placed in the top three in every NCAA Championship, a claim that no other team can make.

After leading the Brown women's crew to its sixth Division I NCAA Rowing Championship, coach John Murphy was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Coach of the Year. Also receiving recognition were four varsity crew members, earning CRCA Division I Pocock All-American honors: Emma Olson `08 (New Haven, CT) and Sarah Wu `08 (North Andover, MA), Jessica Stage `09 (Alexandria, VA) and Corey Finnerty-Ludwig '09 (Seattle, WA).

Members of the Brown crew excel in the classroom as well as on the water, being recognized as Academic all-Americans and Academic All-Ivy selections, including Sarah Wu '08, who was a 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-American.