PRINCETON, NJ - The Brown women's rowing team concluded the fall portion of their 2012-2013 season at the Princeton Chase on Sunday, October 28th. The three mile race was hosted by Princeton University and held on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ. This year's event, open only to collegiate crews, was the largest ever with 431 boats entered. Seven of the eight Ivy League programs took to the water this morning, with only Harvard University missing the chance to brave the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy.
The Bears entered four boats in the women's varsity eight, their only event of the morning's competition. Their top crew clocked a time of 14:20.84, a little more than a second behind Columbia's best boat and good for seventh place in a highly elite field. Virginia ran away with the morning's race, blazing to a winning time of 13:41.43, with Princeton in distant second. A tight battle ensued amongst the next five boats, with Yale the victor, as third through seventh place were separated by less than seven seconds.
Brown's second boat rowed to a 13th place finish, registering a time of 14:32.14, and outpacing the top crews from eleven other schools. The Bears' "C" crew completed the race in 14:51.20, good for 20th in a field of 55 boats. Notably, Brown was one of only two schools to place three boats in the top 20, as Princeton's top crews took advantage of home waters to record second, 11th and 18th place finishes for the Tigers.
The Bears "D" crew also had a strong performance on Sunday morning, finishing in 41st place with a time of 15:29.56, and leaving no doubt about the depth of Brown's rowing program.
The team concluded a strong fall season with today's performance, and will focus on training over the winter months in the hopes of a 17th appearance at the NCAA Championship in the spring of 2013.