PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 3 Brown University women's crew won four of the day's five races and claimed the Class of 1987 Trophy for the second straight year at No. 8 Princeton University along with No. 6 University of Michigan on Lake Carnegie on Saturday morning.
In the Bears' spring season opener, the first varsity eight won its race with a time of 7:14.4, finishing eight seconds ahead of Princeton (7:22.3) and 14 seconds ahead of Michigan (7:28.9).
The A varsity four took first with a time of 8:26.0, beating Princeton (8:37.2) and Michigan (8:40.9) while the second varsity eight gained first behind a time of 7:10.4, outpacing the Tigers (7:18.2) and the Wolverines (7:29.6).
Brown's B varsity four also won its race, clocking in at 8:02.0 to beat Princeton's B entry (8:09.5), Michigan (8:14.3), and Princeton's C boat (8:54.9). The third varsity eight placed second, behind Princeton (7:29.2) and ahead of Princeton's 4V entry (8:15.1).
The Bears have now won the Class of 1987 Trophy two years in a row after not capturing the trophy since 2007. Brown improves to 11-17 in the trophy's 28 years of existence.
Conditions included a strong and gusty headwind at 12-17 miles per hour, affecting the early races – the A varsity four, first varsity eight, and second varsity eight – most significantly.
Next, Brown will compete at Radcliffe on the Charles River on April 4.
9:00 a.m. – A Varsity Four – First Place (2-0) – 8:26.0
9:20 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – First Place (2-0) – 7:14.4
9:40 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – First Place (2-0) – 7:10.4
10:00 a.m. – B Varsity Four – First Place (3-0) – 8:02.0
10:20 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight – Second Place (1-1) – 7:32.4