Women’s Crew Sends Two Boats to Grand Finals on NCAAs Day 2

Women’s Crew Sends Two Boats to Grand Finals on NCAAs Day 2

Sunday Heat Sheet (Revised Start Times Due to Weather)

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Brown University women's crew advanced its second varsity eight and varsity four to the grand finals while the first varsity eight qualified for the petite final on the second day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Saturday morning.

The Bears stand as one of four programs to send two boats to grand finals along with California (1V8, 2V8), Virginia (1V8, V4), and Yale (2V8, V4). Only two schools – Ohio State and Washington – advanced all three boats to grand finals. Brown's second varsity eight has now reached the grand final in 18 of the 19 NCAA Championships, and the varsity four has made the grand final 16 out of 19 times.

The varsity four will open racing for Brown on Sunday at 8:12 a.m. PT in the grand final out of lane three vs. Virginia, Yale, Ohio State, Washington, and Princeton. The second varsity eight will race out of lane two in its grand final at 8:36 a.m. vs. Ohio State, Washington, Yale, California, and Washington St. The first varsity eight will conclude racing for the Bears at 8:48 a.m., starting out of lane one, in the petite final vs. Michigan, Princeton, Washington St., Radcliffe, and Indiana.

Brown's fourth-seeded first varsity eight placed fourth in its semifinal, racing out of lane five, with a time of 6:39.211 to advance to the petite final. Second-seeded Ohio State won the race with a time of 6:29.322, ahead of third-seeded Stanford (6:33.274) and fifth-seeded Washington (6:34.602), with all three qualifying for the grand final. Brown topped ninth-seeded Princeton (6:44.499) and 13th-seeded Radcliffe (6:48.674).

The second varsity eight won its race out of lane two to advance to the grand final, clocking in with a time of 6:32.344, the second-fastest time in the 2V8 semis. The third-seeded Bears outdistanced 12th-seeded Yale (6:36.730) by 4.386 seconds as well as seventh-seeded Washington St. (6:36.842), ninth-seeded Stanford (6:36.987), second-seeded Virginia (6:45.922), and 16th-seeded Indiana (6:49.964).

In Brown's final race of the day, the varsity four finished in second out of lane one behind a time of 7:24.459 in a semifinal that included four of the top five seeded varsity fours. The second-seeded crew crossed the finish 2.807 seconds behind third-seeded Virginia (7:21.652) while the boat clipped top-seeded Washington (7:26.777) by 2.318 seconds as well as fifth-seeded Washington St. (7:27.334), 13th-seeded Stanford (7:37.184), and 10th-seeded Texas (7:38.642). 

Brown Schedule/Results
Friday (18-2)
9:40 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 4, Lane 1 – Third Place (3-2) – 6:26.690
10:10 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 3, Lane 1 – First Place (5-0) – 6:30.271
10:40 a.m. – Fours – Heat 2, Lane 1 – First Place (4-0) – 7:21.195
4:00 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 2, Lane 2 – First Place (6-0) – 6:26.862
Saturday (11-4)
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinal 2, Lane 5 – Fourth Place (2-3) – 6:39.211
9:40 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinal 2, Lane 2 – First Place (5-0) – 6:32.344
10:20 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinal 2, Lane 1 – Second Place (4-1) – 7:24.459
Sunday
8:12 a.m. – Fours – Grand Final, Lane 3
8:36 a.m. – II Eights – Grand Final, Lane 2
8:48 a.m. – I Eights – Petite Final, Lane 1

Brown Saturday Race Results
First Varsity Eight – A/B Semifinal 2
1. Ohio State – 6:29.322
2. Stanford – 6:33.274
3. Washington – 6:34.602
4. Brown – 6:39.211
5. Princeton – 6:44.499
6. Radcliffe – 6:48.674 

Second Varsity Eight – A/B Semifinal 2
1. Brown – 6:32.344
2. Yale – 6:36.730
3. Washington St. – 6:36.842
4. Stanford – 6:36.987
5. Virginia – 6:45.922
6. Indiana – 6:49.964 

Varsity Four – A/B Semifinal 2
1. Virginia – 7:21.652
2. Brown – 7:24.459
3. Washington – 7:26.777
4. Washington St. – 7:27.334
5. Stanford – 7:37.184
6. Texas – 7:38.642 

Race Notes
Brown, ranked No. 1 in the latest CRCA Coaches Poll, raced against 10 crews ranked in the top 15 of the poll on the day – No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Washington, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Yale, No. 9 Washington St., No. 10 Princeton, No. 11 Texas, No. 13 Radcliffe, and No. 14 Indiana … The first varsity eight improved to 5-0 vs. Radcliffe and 3-0 vs. Princeton on the year … The 1V8 moved its record to 31-7 overall and 15-7 on Lake Natoma … The second varsity eight is now 3-0 vs. Yale and 2-0 vs. Stanford this year … The 2V8 bettered its record to 31-1 overall and 15-1 on Lake Natoma on the season … The varsity four improved its record to 30-1 overall and 14-1 on Lake Natoma … The V4 is now 2-0 vs. Stanford this year.

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