No. 3 Women’s Crew Sweeps Morning Heats to Open NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships

No. 3 Women’s Crew Sweeps Morning Heats to Open NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 3 Brown women's crew moved one step closer to an eighth national championship as the Bears took first place in all three heats to open the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship at Eagle Creek Park on Friday. The varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boats advance to tomorrow's semifinals with the Bears' varsity eight launching at 9 a.m.

After one full day of racing, Saturday's heats have been determined and can be viewed by clicking the link above. Brown's varsity eight will take on Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford, Michigan and Radcliffe in the A/B Semifinals at 9 a.m. The second varsity eight will see Washington, Princeton, Ohio State, UCLA, Radcliffe and Washington State in the A/B Semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Finally, Brown's varsity four will battle with Princeton, Notre Dame, Stanford, Virginia and Ohio State in the A/B Semifinals at 10:10 a.m.

Brown's fourth-seeded varsity eight kicked off the competition in the fourth heat and outpaced the competition with a time of 6:20.134. Washington was close behind at 6:22.434 and Indiana took third in 6:31.460. Radcliffe, UMass and Boston University rounded out the standings. Brown started with a slim advantage, leading Washington by just under two-thirds of a second through the first 500 meters. The Bears surged past the 1,000-meter mark and gained nearly two seconds on the Huskies, allowing Brown to maintain the lead and cross the finish in first place.

Brown prevailed as the top seed in the second varsity eight, defeating Michigan, San Diego, Washington and Wisconsin with a time of 6:30.932. Michigan was just behind at 6:31.226, but the Bears held on thanks to a 0.94-second improvement from the 1,000-meter mark to the final 500 meters.

The top-seed varsity four battled neck-and-neck with Southern California to a thrilling victory by a mere one-third of a second at 7:14.103. Despite never stretching their advantage to a full second, the Bears held off the No. 11 Trojans, who crossed in 7:14.436. It would be nearly nine seconds before another crew crossed the finish, as Michigan took third, Princeton placed fourth and San Diego finished fifth.

Brown's three boats return to action in tomorrow morning's semifinals. Varsity eight semifinals begin at 8:30 a.m., second varsity eight boats hit the launch at 9:10 a.m. and varsity fours open semifinal competition at 9:50 a.m.



Molly Sandza (Cox)
Louise Breen (8)
Alia Shafi (7)
Muriel Solberg (6)
Coco Schoeller (5)
Ellie Place( 4)
Rachel Gottlieb (3)
Sasha Tilles (2)
Whitney Naylor (1)


Isabel Runge (Cox)
Emma Betuel (8)
Anna Johnson (7)
Marlena Morshead (6)
Signe Henderson (5)
Monika Sobieszek (4)
Ellen Taylor (3)
Ruby Moore-Bloom (2)
Lucia Petty (1)


Lucie Hajian (Cox)
Katherine McKeen (4)
Lia Keyser (3)
Catherine Closmore (2)
Logan Harris (1)