Camden, NJ - The women's crew took third place at the EAWRC Sprints on Sunday afternoon, in a day highlighted by four first place finishes for the Bears. Brown took victories in the first, second, and third varsity four and the third varsity eight, while the first and second eights took third and second respectively.
The Bears started the morning in the varsity eight with an impressive win in the heats, pulling a 6:36 to win by a four-second margin over Dartmouth and earn a top seed in the afternoon grand finals. In the finals, however, Yale and Princeton staged a spirited battle for first, with Yale taking a narrow victory in 6:20.2. The Tigers came in just a seat behind, at 6:20.9, while Brown took the bronze in 6:31.8, again edging Dartmouth by just over two seconds.
In the second varsity eight, Brown again started with a strong morning performance, rowing 6:48.3 to win its heat and advance to the grands. Once in the finals, the Tigers turned in another impressive row, pulling a 6:35 to win the event, with Brown just behind in 6:40, knocking off Yale to take second place overall.
The Bears earned an impressive win in the third NCAA event though, as the varsity four won by a decisive margin in the grand finals. After winning their heat to earn the top spot, Brown pulled a 7:10.8 to earn the overall win. Yale was second in 6:18, with Princeton rounding out the podium positions with a 7:20 for third.
Brown also took wins in the third varsity eight and second and third varsity fours, as each boat won by at least half a length. The third eight earned a spot in lane three, which the Bears used to row to a victory, crossing the line in 6:45.3. Yale and Cornell battled throughout for the second spot, with the Bulldogs emerging to win by just .4 seconds in 6:50.4.
Brown also took first in the second four, rowing a 7:30.5 to take the top spot. Yale and Cornell again fought hard for the silver, with the Bulldogs taking another second place position in 7:34.2. In the third varsity four, the Bears rowed away in the three-boat field, pulling a 7:31.6 to win the event by several boats of open water over Penn, which finished in 8:27.7. Despite having no other boats close enough to push them, Brown's time in the third four would still have been good enough to take the silver in the second four event, beating all non-Brown crews.
The Bears will be back in action on May 28, when they travel to Sacramento, California to compete at the NCAA Championships pending selection.