PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The top-ranked Brown women's crew aims to capture its first Ancient Eight title since 2008 when the Bears head to Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., for the 2014 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sunday, May 18
Heats begin at 8:30 a.m.
Finals begin at 2 p.m.
LIVE AUDIO/VIDEO ON IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Live audio of the morning heats and live video (with audio) of the afternoon finals will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans can subscribe and view races by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
RESULTS AND LIVE SPLIT TIMES
Live results and split times will be available via Regatta Timing.
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BROWN RANKED NO. 1 IN CRCA/USROWING COACHES POLL
For the fifth week in a row, the Bears sit atop the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Collegiate Rowing Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells. Brown assumed the top spot on April 16 after a standout performance at the Lake Natoma Invitational, claiming the country's highest ranking for the first time since 2007.
Brown received 13 of a possible 25 first-place votes, while Ohio State earned eight votes and Stanford garnered four.
Three other Ivy League crews rank in the latest top-20 poll: No. 6 Princeton, No. 11 Yale and No. 14 Radcliffe. Dartmouth and Cornell each appear in the receiving votes category.
BROWN AT THE IVY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Bears have won eight Ivy League rowing championships under the guidance of Head Coach John Murphy and Associate Head Coach Phoebe Murphy, tied with Radcliffe and Yale for the second-most all time in the Ancient Eight. Princeton has won a league-best 13 titles, including two of the last three (2011 and 2013).
Brown last won the Ivy League crown in 2008, leading up to the Bears' second-straight National Championship and their sixth title in 10 years. Five consecutive Ivy League trophies came back to College Hill from 1998-2002, a span during which Brown won three National Championships.
Last season, the Bears finished third in the team standings at the Ivy League Championship, powered by four victories on the Cooper River. Brown's second varsity eight, which established a tradition of Ivy League excellence with nine first-place finishes over a 10-year span (2001-09), provided the highlight of the day, finishing first with a time of 6:47.01. Despite falling short in the Grand Final of the varsity eight, the Bears secured a spot at the NCAA Championships for the 17th consecutive season.
LAST TIME OUT
On the strength of the Bears' best time since 2006, the varsity eight won a tightly-contested race to help the No. 1 Brown women's crew prevail in all five races against No. 11 Yale on the Seekonk River on April 28. Following a quick turnaround against Cornell on Saturday, the Bears complete regular season competition by placing first against all four Ivy League opponents.
The varsity eight crossed the finish in 5:54.50, a mere 1.8 seconds ahead of the Bulldogs for Brown's best time since the varsity eight posted a 5:53.31 mark against Yale and Northeastern on April 30, 2006.
The varsity four 'B' triumphed in another tight finish, winning by an even two seconds at 6:43.50, followed by the second varsity eight which turned in Brown's second sub-six minute time of the day at 5:56.90.
The varsity four 'A' crew posted a 6:41.90 time to top Yale by 6.9 seconds and the third varsity eight capped the day with a 6:11.10 performance.