Camden, N.J. – The Brown women's crew, which was ranked second in latest EAWRC coaches' poll behind only Ivy League-rival Princeton, traveled down to the Cooper River in preparation for Saturday's Sprints. The Bears will look to avenge and early season loss to the Tigers, in which Princeton won by just a length.
"I think that we have had a relatively good season so far this year and we are hoping for a strong showing in Camden," said head coach John Murphy. "I am sure that I join all the other coaches when I say that I think the Princeton Varsity Eight has earned the right to be considered a favorite for 2011."
Behind Princeton and Brown, Radcliffe, defending-champion Yale, Cornell and Columbia are all poised to make a run at the title.
The racing in the middle of the pack in the EAWRC has been one of the great stories of this regular season: Brown's only loss came at the hands of Princeton, Radcliffe won its first cup race against Yale since 2003, Cornell just edged Radcliffe at their tri-dual with Princeton a week earlier while Columbia in turn nipped Cornell a few weeks later, a true "round robin" in the middle of the field.
Also, the Dartmouth and Penn Varsity Eights, which both have raced the top crews closely this year, could possibly surprise this year's field.
Fans can access more information on this season's sprints at Row2k.