Gold River, California – The Brown Women's Crew advanced all three boats into Saturday's semifinals with an impressive showing on the first day of the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma.
The Bears, who own six NCAA Rowing titles, returned to Lake Natoma, where they captured the NCAA title three times before, in 1999, 2004 and 2008. Coach John Murphy's women's crew is the dominant rowing team in the history of women's racing, finishing in the top five at every NCAA Championship, and in the top three in 12 of the 13 championship.
Murphy's re-worked varsity eight had a dogfight in an extremely fast heat, gaining a semifinal berth in 6:26.61. Defending national champion Stanford rowed in 6:16.81 to place first in the heat, with Yale rowing in 6:17.22, the two fastest times of the day.
Brown's second varsity had an easy time in its heat, earning a six second open water victory over Michigan to capture its heat. The Bears were never challenged, rowing in 6:32.80, followed by Michigan (6:38.84) and Washington (6:40.53). Brown's time was the second fastest of the day, with Stanford rowing in 6:30.44 to win its heat.
In the fours heat, Brown's powerful boat advanced to the semifinals after battling wire-to-wire with Wisconsin and Princeton. The Bears placed second in 7:18.29 behind Wisconsin, who rowed in 7:15.69, and ahead of Princeton, who came in at 7:18.31.
The NCAA Women's Rowing Championship continues with semifinals on Saturday, May 29, with the Bears looking to advance its three boats to Sunday's grand finals, where the NCAA Champion will be crowned.
Varsity Heat #2
Second Varsity Heat #3
Ohio State 6:44.82
Southern Cal 6:53.10
Varsity Fours Heat #3
Ohio State 7:27.39