No. 9 Women’s Crew Opens Season at No. 5 Princeton with Michigan State

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The campaign for an eighth national championship begins on Saturday when the ninth-ranked Brown women's crew team takes on fifth-ranked Princeton with Michigan State in the annual Class of 1987 Trophy regatta on Lake Carnegie. Brown seeks its 10th Class of 1987 Trophy since its inception and the team's first since 2007.

Three years removed from their seventh national title in a 15-year span, the Bears aim to make their 18th consecutive appearance to the NCAA Rowing Championships following a rigorous spring schedule. Brown returns 20 members of the 2013 squad that finished seventh in the country and second among Ivy League teams at the NCAA Rowing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

In his 30th season, Head Coach John Murphy, along with Associate Head Coach Phoebe Murphy, has established the Brown women's crew program as one of the most elite in the nation after winning an unprecedented seven NCAA Championships. John, a six-time Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Coach of the Year, and Phoebe, a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, make up one of the premiere college coaching staffs in the nation with significant contributions to the sport of women's rowing over the past three decades.  

Senior captains Louise Breen (North Hampton, N.H.) and Camilla Polakoff (Berkeley, Calif.) lead the veteran core and are joined by a talented and motivated freshman class. The pair will help the newcomers build on the success of last season that saw Brown win three of four events to capture the team title and Charles G. Willing Jr. Trophy at the 2013 Eastern Sprints Regatta. The Bears followed by winning four of five events at the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championships to place third as a team and qualified for their 17th consecutive NCAA Rowing Championships.

The schedule for Saturday's race is below:

Open Women vs. Princeton & Michigan State
9:00 AM Varsity B 4+
9:20 AM 3rd Varsity 8
9:40 AM Varsity A 4+
10:00 AM Second Varsity 8
10:20 AM Varsity 8, Class of 1987 Trophy

Brown hosts its first home race on April 5 against Radcliffe before heading to Sacramento, Calif., to take on some of the West Coast's top teams at the Lake Natoma Classic on April 12-13.

The Bears then welcome Boston University on April 19, followed by an Ivy League showdown at No. 17 Cornell with Columbia on April 26. Brown concludes its regular season by hosting No. 7 Yale on April 28, then heads to Camden, N.J., for the Ivy League Championship on May 18. The Bears will then await a bid to the NCAA Rowing Championships, which will be held on May 30-June 1 in Indianapolis.