NCAA Selection Show Release and Video
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – On Tuesday evening, the NCAA announced that the Brown women's crew team has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships for the 17th consecutive time in the program's history. Brown is one of three schools that have competed in every national championship held by the NCAA and is the most decorated team in the sport's history, winning seven titles over the course of the past 16 years.
The Bears will be one of 22 teams vying for a national championship from May 31 to June 2 on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, Indiana. The University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation will play host at this year's competition. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field.
Brown will race three boats at the NCAA Championship - the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four. Competition will begin on Friday, May 31st with four heats in each event, and the top two boats from each will advance to the A-B semifinals while the remainder of the crews will head to the repechages. Two seven-boat repechages will be contested on Friday afternoon, with the top two crews heading to the A-B semifinals and the remainder competing in the C-D semifinals. Saturday's semifinals will determine Sunday's finalists, with the top three crews from the A-B semifinals advancing to the Grand Final and the remainder heading to the Petite Final. The top three crews from the C-D semifinals will compete in the C final and the remainder will race in the D final.
The varsity eight will kick off the competition, and the Bears will compete in the second heat as the 15th overall seed, racing against Princeton, UCLA, Stanford and Boston University. Brown's second varsity eight earned the fourth seed in the competition, giving them a spot in the fourth heat with Washington State, Stanford, Cornell, Navy and the University of Rhode Island. Finally, the Bears' undefeated varsity four was awarded the third seed and will race Yale, Virginia, Harvard, Boston University and Marist in the third heat.
The Bears, coming off of Ivy League Championship victories in the second varsity eight and the varsity four, have a storied history of NCAA Championship performances, placing in the top five on 15 occasions and finishing in the top two 10 times. Brown is one of only two Ivy League schools to win a national championship and the only program to win more than one. Harvard was victorious in 2003, while Brown last earned the title in 2011.
For more information about the 2013 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, visit the NCAA Rowing website. To follow the Bears on their quest for an eighth national title, visit brownbears.com throughout the competition.