Pennsauken, N.J. – The Brown women's crew team racked up two silver medals at the inaugural Ivy League Championship on the Cooper River, earning second overall in both the third varsity eight and the second varsity eight races. The Bears boasted the top time of any varsity eight in the prelims, but finished fifth overall in the grand finale. Radcliffe took the Ivy title, winning V8 race, while Princeton earned the point trophy.
All Brown boats advanced to the grand finals with the V8, 2V8 and V4 crews showing good speed in the preliminary races to set the Bears up in the finals.
Brown's 3V8 boat could not catch a speedy Princeton squad that pulled away from the field early, but was able to hold off Cornell, Radcliffe and Yale, finishing second overall with a time of 6:48.81.
The Bears second silver medal came in the 2V8 race. Bruno sped out to an early lead, but Princeton was able to pull almost even with 500 meters to go. Princeton got to the finish line first, but Brown held off Yale and Radcliffe, finishing in 6:31.21.
Bruno registered the fastest time of any varsity eight boat after the preliminaries to take the center lane in the grand finals, but its Ivy rivals showed good speed as Brown crossed in fifth place with a time of 6:23.87.
Brown's varsity four also finished in fifth place, hitting the finish line in 7:18.09.