No. 1 Women’s Crew Seeks Back-to-Back Titles at Ivy Championship

No. 1 Women’s Crew Seeks Back-to-Back Titles at Ivy Championship

Updated on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. with Schedule Changes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 1 Brown University women's crew seeks its second straight Ivy League title and 10th overall when the Bears take to Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., for the 2016 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday beginning at 6:00 a.m.

FOLLOW THE BEARS
Live Media: Results | Video
Ivy League: Championship Central | Schedule/Lane Assignments
On Twitter: @BrownWRowing | @BrownAthletics
On Instagram: brownwrowing | brownathletics
In the Polls: CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll | Ivy League Women's Poll
Via Hashtag: #GoBruno, #OneIvy 

BROWN SCHEDULE
Heats
6:00 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – Heat 1, Lane 1
6:20 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Heat 1, Lane 1
6:40 a.m. – A Varsity Four – Heat 1, Lane 1
7:00 a.m. – B Varsity Four – Heat 1, Lane 1
7:30 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight – Heat 2, Lane 1
7:40 a.m. – C Varsity Four – Heat 1, Lane 1 

Petite Finals
8:00 a.m. – First Varsity Eight
8:10 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
8:20 a.m. – A Varsity Four
9:50 a.m. – B/C Varsity Four
10:00 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight 

Grand Finals
8:50 a.m. – First Varsity Eight
9:00 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9:10 a.m. – A Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. – B Varsity Four
9:30 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. – C Varsity Four

DETERMINING A CHAMPION
The Ivy League champion in women's rowing is determined by the fastest boat in the first varsity eight grand final at the Ivy League Championship, an event that began in the spring of 2012. Previously, the Ivy League champion was determined by the fastest Ivy boat in the first varsity eight grand final at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Sprints from 1974 to 2011. 

The winning varsity eight boat gives the team the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, allowing that team's first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four automatic entry to the national championship. The NCAA Championship provides for 11 automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large bids.

BRUNO AT THE IVY CHAMPIONSHIP
Brown has claimed nine Ivy titles all time with the first coming in 1988 and the most recent occurring in 2015. The Bears took home the championship in 1988, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2015. 

The Bears have won the team trophy at the Ivy Championship in each of the last two years and claimed the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy for winning the first varsity eight race last season. Brown has captured the second varsity eight, A varsity four, and B varsity four races in each of the last three seasons.

Brown Women's Crew All-Time Ivy Championship Results
Year Team 1V8 2V8 3V8 AV4 BV4 CV4
2012 5th 5th 2nd 2nd 5th -- --
2013 3rd 6th 1st -- 1st 1st 1st
2014 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 4th
2015 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 6th

LAST TIME OUT
No. 2 Brown won all three NCAA events – the A varsity four, second varsity eight, and first varsity eight – vs. No. 7 Yale on the Seekonk River on Saturday, Apr. 30 to conclude its regular season. In their only home race of the year, the Bears earned the Nat & Anne Case Cup with their victory over the visiting Bulldogs. Brown captured the first varsity eight event, the final race of the day, with a time of 7:25.90, outdistancing Yale (7:32.10) by 6.20 seconds. 

IN THE POLLS
In the final regular season CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll from May 4, Brown stands as the top-ranked team in the country and claims the No. 1 spot in the rankings for the fourth time in six weeks. No. 2 Cal, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Washington, and No. 5 Virginia round out the top five. Other Ivies in the poll include No. 7 Yale, No. 9 Princeton, and No. 18 Radcliffe. The rankings remained the same in the CRCA's May 11 poll.

In the last regular season Region 1 rankings from May 4, Brown checks in at No. 1 as a team, in the 1V8, in the 2V8, and in the AV4. In the team category, Princeton ranks second, Yale ranks third, Radcliffe ranks fourth, and Penn ranks fifth. The rankings remained the same in the May 11 edition. 

THE BEARS IN THE REGULAR SEASON
Brown's first varsity eight recorded an 11-2 record during the regular season while the Bears' second varsity eight posted an undefeated 13-0 mark. The 1V8 has defeated seven ranked opponents on the year and notched a 5-0 mark against Ivy League crews. Bruno's A varsity four registered an 11-2 record. 

POINT BREAKDOWN
The Ivy League determines the team points trophy through a points system which weighs each of the day's races.

2016 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Points System
Place 1V8 2V8 3V8 AV4 BV4 CV4
1 32 24 8 16 8 8
2 28 21 7 14 7 7
3 24 18 6 12 6 6
4 20 15 5 10 5 5
5 16 12 4 8 4 4
6 12 9 3 6 3 3
7 8 6 2 4 2 2
8 4 3 1 2 1 1

SEEDING
Brown claims the top seed in each of the three NCAA events – the first varsity eight, the second varsity eight, and the A varsity four – as well as the B varsity four and C varsity four. The Bears check in as the second seed in the third varsity eight.

2016 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Seeding
Seed 1V8 2V8 3V8 AV4 BV4 CV4
1 BRWN BRWN YAL BRWN BRWN BRWN
2 PRIN YAL BRWN YAL PRIN PENN
3 YAL PRIN CORN PRIN RAD CORN
4 RAD PENN PRIN RAD COL PRIN
5 PENN RAD RAD DART CORN COL
6 CORN DART DART CORN PENN DART
7 DART CORN COL PENN DART --
8 COL COL -- COL -- --

ON THE HORIZON
Pending its selection as an automatic or at-large qualifier, the Bears will look to compete in the NCAA Championships for the 20th consecutive season. Brown, Princeton, and Washington stand as the only three programs to compete at all previous 19 NCAA Championships.

The 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship will take place at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., from May 27-29 with the Pac-12 Conference acting as the host. The NCAA will air the selection show for the event on Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.