Bears Set the Pace on Day One of NCAA Rowing Championships

Bears Set the Pace on Day One of NCAA Rowing Championships

Sacramento, Calif. – The sixth-ranked Brown women's crew came out strong on the first day of the 2011 NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma, posting the fastest time of any boat, while its varsity eight and second varsity boats each won their heats to advance to tomorrow morning's semifinals. Bruno's varsity four rowed a strong race and took fourth in its heat and in the afternoon repechage, advanced to the semifinals with a first-place finish.

In Brown's first race of the day, the second heat of the varsity eights, Bruno posted the fastest time of the day finishing in 6:22.48, over four seconds ahead of second-place California. Heat three winner Stanford posted the second-fastest time of the V8's at 6:23.67, while Ivy League-rival Princeton took the first heat and was third overall with a time of 6:23.84.

The Bears second varsity boat kept the winning standard going with a six-seat win over Ohio State in the first heat. Brown was neck-and-neck with Princeton to start off the race, but pulled ahead by the midway-mark and held off the Buckeyes to pick up the win at 6:36.74. The time proved to be the second-fastest time of any 2V8 boat, with Stanford claiming the top spot at 6:32.09.

In the varsity four, Virginia, USC and Stanford all jumped out to an early lead. The Bears found themselves in fifth-place at about the 750-meter mark, but used a strong push to advance past Michigan and held off the Wolverines for a fourth-place finish at 7:35.72.

In the afternoon repechage, the Bears battled slow conditions and were able to hold off Michigan yet again with a four second victory over the Wolverines, finishing in 7:54.95 to advance to the semifinals tomorrow morning. 

The second day of competition will begin tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m., PT, with the Division I varsity eight semifinals.

Brown's first semifinal race will take place at 9:15 a.m., PT, with the varsity eight boat in lane one of the second heat against Stanford, Michigan State, Yale, Washington State and Michigan.

The second varsity will go off immediately after at 9:30 in lane one of the first heat against Virginia, USC, Princeton, Michigan and Michigan State.

In the second heat of the varsity fours, the Bears will race in lane five at 10 a.m., against California, USC, Washington, Princeton and Michigan.

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Varsity Eight Heat II

1. Brown               6:22.48

2. California           6:26.87

3. Yale                   6:30.92

4. Dartmouth        6:34.99

5. Clemson            6:39.00


Second Varsity Eight Heat I

1. Brown               6:36.74

2. Ohio State         6:39.27

3. Princeton           6:41.20

4. Michigan            6:49.75

5. Clemson            7:00.05


Varsity Four Heat III

1. Virginia               7:23.68

2. USC                    7:26.68

3. Stanford             7:27.12

4. Brown                7:35.72

5. Michigan             7:38.79

6. Dartmouth         7:58.49 


Varsity Four Repechage

1. Brown                7:54.95

2. Michigan             7:58.11

3. Yale                    8:00.64

4. Harvard              8:01.35

5. Michigan State    8:08.74

6. Clemson             8:11.36

7. Dartmouth         8:16.31