PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – The top-ranked Brown women's crew will send four boats to the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Grand Finals after earning first-place finishes in all four races during the morning heats at Cooper River Park on Sunday. The Bears will now battle for their first Ivy League championship since 2008 when they return to the water this afternoon at 2 p.m.
The second varsity four got things started and prevailed by nearly 10 seconds, led by senior co-captain Camilla Polakoff (Berkeley, Calif.) in the stroke seat. A time of 7:36.837 sent the Bears to the finals over Princeton and Cornell in the first of two varsity four heats.
The first varsity four battled early against Princeton, holding a lead of under two seconds through the first 500 meters but gradually pulled away for the win in 7:18.061.
A strong start propelled the second varsity eight to victory in a time of 6:48.580 as the Bears stretched an initial 2.94-second advantage into a 5.88-second margin across the finish line.
With senior co-captain Louise Breen (North Hampton, N.H.) in the stroke seat, the varsity eight made it four-for-four in first place finishes by edging second-place Cornell by 3.64 seconds. A 1:31.978 split in the first 500 meters gave way to a narrow but steady lead to send the Bears into the Grand Finals for contention for the Ivy League crown.
Grand Finals are set to begin at 2 p.m. Live video will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Second Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Four