PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 3 Brown University women's crew swept the NCAA events – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and A varsity four – and added a win in the third varsity eight in defeating No. 1 Ohio State and No. 11 Princeton on Lake Carnegie on Saturday morning in its spring season opener.
The Bears claimed the Class of 1987 Trophy over the host Tigers for the third straight year in addition to beating the three-time defending NCAA Champion Buckeyes. Last spring, OSU won the first varsity eight race at the NCAA Championships en route to its NCAA team title.
In the final race of the day, Brown edged Ohio State and Princeton in the first varsity eight with a time of 6:35.4. The Buckeyes placed second in 6:38.0, and the Tigers finished in third in 6:38.3.
The Bears took first in the second varsity eight race behind a time of 6:45.1, topping the Buckeyes (6:49.7) and Tigers (7:01.0).
Rounding out the NCAA events, Brown gained first place in the A varsity four in a time of 8:04.4, crossing the finish ahead of Ohio State (8:10.0) and Princeton (8:16.2).
Brown came in first in the third varsity eight (7:49.3) in a dual race with the Tigers (8:04.6).
In the B/C varsity four event, Brown's B boat placed second with a time of 8:08.6, and the Bears' C entry finished fifth in 9:03.1. OSU won the event in 8:06.0 with Princeton coming in third in 8:26.7, and the Buckeyes' C entry finishing fourth (8:37.0).
The Bears – which finished third as a team, first in the 2V8, and third in the AV4 at the 2015 NCAA Championships – improved to 12-17 all-time in the 29-year existence of the Class of 1987 Trophy with their win in the 1V8 over Princeton.
Next, Brown races at No. 18 Radcliffe with Dartmouth on the Charles River on Saturday, April 2.
9:00 a.m. – B Varsity Four – Second Place (3-1) – 8:08.6
9:00 a.m. – C Varsity Four – Fifth Place (0-4) – 9:03.1
9:20 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight – First Place (1-0) – 7:49.3
9:40 a.m. – A Varsity Four – First Place (2-0) – 8:04.4
10:00 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – First Place (2-0) – 6:45.1
10:20 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – First Place (2-0) – 6:35.4