PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 1 Brown University women's crew will make its 19th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships and will aim for its eighth national title when the Bears compete in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., from May 29-31.
THE PATH TO A NATIONAL TITLE
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship features 22 teams, which compete for a national title based on a points system, which weighs the finish of each boat in its respective race.
The championship begins with four heats for each of the three boats – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four – on Friday. The top two boats from each heat advance to the A/B semifinals while the remaining crews proceed to the repechage races on Friday afternoon. The top two crews from the repechages also advance to the A/B semifinals while the remainders are placed in the C/D semifinals.
From there, the top three boats in each of the A/B semifinals move onto the grand final with the remainder proceeding to the petite final. The top three crews in the C/D semifinals advance to the C final while the rest compete in the D final.
In the finals, each boat earns points based off its finish in its race, and the program with the most points between its three crews at the conclusion of all the races earns the title of NCAA Champion.
Brown opens competition at the NCAA Championships on Friday at 9:40 a.m. PT with the first varsity eight as the fourth-seeded crew competes in heat four in lane one. The Bears will also race against fifth-seeded Washington, 12th-seeded Texas, 13th-seeded Harvard-Radcliffe, 20th-seeded Massachusetts, and 21st-seeded Navy.
Next, the Bears third-seeded second varsity eight will compete on Friday at 10:10 a.m. PT in heat three in lane one. The heat also includes sixth-seeded Ohio State, 11th-seeded Wisconsin, 14th-seeded Princeton, 19th-seeded Northeastern, and 22nd-seeded Jacksonville.
The crew will conclude competition in the heats on Friday at 10:40 a.m. PT when the Bears' second-seeded varsity four races in heat two in lane one. Brown will face off in the heat with seventh-seeded California, 10th-seeded Texas, 15th-seeded Harvard-Radcliffe, and 18th-seeded Massachusetts.
BRUNO AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brown has won seven NCAA titles all-time and qualified for all 19 NCAA Championships since the event began in 1997. The Bears claimed national championships in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011.
Head coach John Murphy has directed the Bears to all of those titles, and under his watch, Brown has finished in the top five of the championship in 16 of its previous 18 appearances.
SACRAMENTO QUEEN BEES
The Sacramento State Aquatic Center has served as the host site for the NCAA Championship on seven previous occasions, and Brown emerged as the national champion in four of those years. The greater Sacramento, Calif., area hosted the championship in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2011 while Brown took the crown in 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2011.
WINNING THE IVY CROWN
Brown University crew swept the NCAA events, claimed the team trophy, and captured an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship as part of its title-winning effort at the 2015 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., on May 17.
The Bears earned their ninth Ivy League championship all-time and their first since 2008 while winning gold medals in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, A varsity four, and B varsity four. Brown garnered the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy for winning the first varsity eight race – which decides the league title. All of the members of the Bears' first varsity eight gained First Team All-Ivy for the victory.
IN THE POLLS
Brown claimed the top spot in the CRCA Coaches Poll on May 19 for the first time this season, totaling nine first-place votes and 443 total points. California checks in at No. 2 behind five first-place votes and 436 points. Ohio State ranks third (six first-place vote, 435 points) while No. 4 Virginia (two, 428), and No. 5 Washington (one, 426) round out the top five. The top 16 crews in the poll all qualified for the NCAA Championships.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The Bears carry 13 competitors on their roster who hail from the state of California while six of those performers will make a homecoming to the Golden State as part of the crew's 25-member NCAA roster.
Brown's California contingent includes – freshman Tara Bozzini (Lafayette), freshman Camille Kisseberth (Tiburon), senior Katherine McKeen (Piedmont), sophomore Ruby Moore-Bloom (Berkeley), freshman Jennifer Mundelius (Danville), and sophomore Alia Shafi (Lafayette).
GOING BACK TO CALI
Brown will make its second trip of the season to California after the Bears came in a tie for second place at the Lake Natoma Invitational from April 11-12 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center – the same course used for the NCAA Championships.
At the two-day event which included top-10 ranked crews from California and Stanford, the Bears compiled a 21-3 overall record, which included a 4-2 mark for the first varsity eight, a 5-1 mark for the second varsity eight, and a 6-0 mark for the A varsity four.
THE BEARS' RECORDS
Entering the NCAA Championships, Brown's first varsity eight holds a record of 20-2, the second varsity eight carries a mark of 21-1, and the varsity four brings an undefeated 22-0 record. During the regular season, the 1V8 went 12-2, the 2V8 went 13-1, and the varsity four went 14-0. All three crews charted 8-0 records at the Ivy Championship.
Brown's first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and first varsity four have competed against nine of the 22 programs involved in this year's NCAA Championships. The Bears have squared off in two events with their three Ivy counterparts – Harvard-Radcliffe, Princeton, and Yale – while the crew also raced with California, Gonzaga, and Stanford at the Lake Natoma Invitational. In other regular season action, Bruno competed with Massachusetts, Michigan, and Northeastern.
Brown University Athletics will send one of its 38 programs to the state of California for an NCAA Championship for the second time this season. The school's men's water polo team competed in an NCAA play-in game at UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., on Nov. 29, 2014.
DIVISION I SCHEDULE
Friday, May 29 – Heats
9:10 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 1
9:20 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 2
9:30 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 3
9:40 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 4 (Brown)
9:50 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 1
10:00 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 2
10:10 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 3 (Brown)
10:20 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 4
10:30 a.m. – Fours – Heat 1
10:40 a.m. – Fours – Heat 2 (Brown)
10:50 a.m. – Fours – Heat 3
11:00 a.m. – Fours – Heat 4
Friday, May 29 – Repechages
3:50 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 1
4:00 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 2
4:10 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 1
4:20 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 2
4:30 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 1
4:40 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 2
Saturday, May 30
8:30 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals
8:40 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals
8:50 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals
9:10 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semfinals
9:20 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semifinals
9:30 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals
9:40 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals
9:50 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals
10:00 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals
10:10 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals
10:20 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals
Sunday, May 31 – C/D Finals
8:30 a.m. – Fours – D Final (Places 19-22)
8:40 a.m. – Fours – C Final (Places 13-18)
8:50 a.m. – II Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
9:00 a.m. – II Eights – C Final (Places 13-18)
9:10 a.m. – I Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
9:20 a.m. – I Eights – C Final (Places 13-18)
Sunday, May 31 – Petite/Grand Finals
10:12 a.m. – Fours – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:24 a.m. – Fours – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:36 a.m. – II Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:48 a.m. – II Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
11:00 a.m. – I Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
11:12 a.m. – I Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
12:10 a.m. – Awards Ceremony
|2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Points System|
|2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Seeding|
|Seed||I Eights||II Eights||Fours|
|11||Washington St.||Wisconsin||Southern Cal|
|14||Notre Dame||Princeton||Notre Dame|