May 28, 2011

Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Advance to Grand Finals at NCAA Championship

Sacramento, Calif.  – Brown continued its quest for a seventh NCAA National Championship on Saturday as both its varsity eight and second varsity boats advanced to the grand finals tomorrow morning on Lake Natoma. The 2V8 boat won its heat, topping 2010 champ Virginia, while the V8 took second on a very fast course. 

The day started off for Bruno with the second heat of the varsity eight, with the Bears taking on Stanford, Michigan State, Yale, Washington State and Michigan.

Brown jumped out to and early half-length lead and held it to the mid-way point, but the Cardinal of Stanford cut the lead down to a few seats by the 1,500-meter mark and used a strong finish to just edge out the Bears by just under a second.

Brown's second-place finish at 6:22.68, the second-fastest time of the day, secured a spot in the grand final of the V8 for the Bears.

In the first heat of the 2V8's, Brown and defending-champion Virginia were neck-and-neck through the first 500 meters. Bruno used a strong surge in the next 500 to take control of the race and did not look back. The Bears held a two-second lead over the Cavaliers through the next 1,000 meters and closed out the victory by over a length at 6:36.90.

The four-second win secured one of the top spots in the grand finals of the second varsity race for Brown.

The Bears' varsity four also competed on Saturday morning and used a late push in the final 500-meters to overcome Michigan to finish fifth with a time of 7:34.87. The Brown V4 boat will compete in the petite final tomorrow morning as Bruno remains in contention for its seventh national championship.

The final day of Division I racing commences tomorrow, Sunday, May 29, at 9:50 a.m., PT, with the third final of the varsity fours. Finals will continue in 15-minute intervals with the third, petite and grand finals of the fours, followed by the second eights and varsity eights.

 

Varsity Eight Semifinal Heat II

1. Stanford                6:21.68

2. Brown                   6:22.66

3. Michigan State       6:27.71

4. Yale                       6:32.26

5. Washington State  6:37.21

6. Michigan                6:57.63

 

Second Varsity Eight Semifinal Heat I

1. Brown                   6:36.90

2. Virginia                  6:40.34

3. USC                       6:42.04

4. Princeton               6:42.08

5. Michigan State       6:47.59

6. Michigan                6:55.46

 

Varsity Four Semifinal Heat I

1. California                7:21.5

2. USC                        7:23.0

3. Washington            7:28.14

4. Princeton               7:29.16

5. Brown                    7:34.87

6. Michigan                 7:36.92