No. 2 Women’s Crew Hosts No. 7 Yale in Regular Season Finale

No. 2 Women’s Crew Hosts No. 7 Yale in Regular Season Finale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 2 Brown University women's crew hosts No. 7 Yale University in its home and regular season finale on Saturday afternoon on the Seekonk River with racing beginning at 2:05 p.m. 

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RACE SCHEDULE
2:05 p.m. – Third/Fourth Varsity Eight
2:25 p.m. – A Varsity Four
2:45 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight
3:05 p.m. – First Varsity Eight 

SENIOR SEND-OFF
The Bears' 11-member Class of 2016 will compete in their final home race against the Bulldogs on Saturday. The group includes Emma Betuel (East Hampton, N.Y.), Catherine Closmore (Hugo, Minn.), Nicolette Driscoll (Ambler, Pa.), Signe Henderson (Berkeley, Calif.), Anna Johnson (Lausanne, Switzerland), Sigal Markowitz (Long Beach, N.Y.), Lucia Petty (Hong Kong), Ellie Place (Bellevue, Wash.), Isabel Runge (Redmond, Wash.), Muriel Solberg (Rockford, Ill.), and Sasha Tilles (Redmond, Wash.). 

LAST TIME OUT
Brown won all six of its races, finishing the day with a 10-0 overall record, competing at Cornell University with Boston University on the Cayuga Lake Inlet on Saturday, April 23. The Bears improved to 24-0 all-time against the Big Red in the Dunn Bowl, a trophy founded in 1993. 

IN THE POLLS
Brown ranks No. 2 in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll from April 27, and the Bears have ranked in the top three for the entire season. Cal holds the poll's top spot while three-time defending NCAA champion Ohio State stands in third. Yale checks into the poll at No. 7 this week after No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Washington, and No. 6 Stanford. Other Ivy schools in the poll include No. 9 Princeton and No. 18 Radcliffe.

In the initial Ivy League Women's Poll from April 21, Brown ranks in the top spot in all five events – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, A varsity four, B varsity four, and third varsity eight. Yale checks in at third in the 1V8, second in the 2V8, second in the AV4, and second in the 3V8 with no boat ranked in the BV4. 

THE PREVIOUS YALE MEETING
No. 4 Brown won all three NCAA events – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and A varsity four – to take the Nat & Anne Case Cup at No. 10 Yale in the regular season finale for both teams on the Housatonic River on Monday, April 27, 2015. 

THE NAT & ANNE CASE CUP
Brown and Yale annually compete for the Nat & Anne Case Cup in a dual racing series that dates back to 1975. In the all-time dual series between the two sides, Brown holds a 19-9 edge in the first varsity eight event. 

DEFEATING NUMBER ONE
In its season opener, Brown defeated then-top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, March 26 on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. As an athletic department in 2015-16, Brown boasts three victories over No. 1-ranked teams on three different surfaces – water, ice, and land. In addition to the women's crew victory, the Bears' men's ice hockey program beat No. 1 Providence on Jan. 3, and the men's lacrosse team topped No. 1 Yale on April 16. 

COMING SOON
After racing Yale in its regular season finale, Brown will compete at the Ivy League Championship on Sunday, May 15 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., with morning heats beginning at 9 a.m.