No. 4 Women’s Crew Ready for 20th Straight Appearance at NCAA Championships

No. 4 Women’s Crew Ready for 20th Straight Appearance at NCAA Championships

Postseason Guide

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's crew will make its 20th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships and will aim for its eighth national title when the Bears compete in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif., from May 27-29. 

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THE PATH TO A NATIONAL TITLE
The NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships feature 22 teams, which compete for a national title based on a points system that 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'S HEATS
The Bears' sixth-seeded first varsity eight will open competition at the NCAA Championships in heat three in lane two at 9:24 a.m. PT on Friday, May 27 against third-seeded Ohio State, 11th-seeded Wisconsin, 14th-seeded Duke, 19th-seeded UCF, and 22nd-seeded Jacksonville.

Brown's top-seeded second varsity eight will race in heat one in lane one at 9:48 a.m. PT against eighth-seeded Stanford, ninth-seeded Wisconsin, 16th-seeded Syracuse, and 17th-seeded Southern California.

The seventh-seeded varsity four will compete in heat two in lane two at 10:48 a.m. PT vs. second-seeded Yale, 10th-seeded Texas, 15th-seeded Washington State, and 18th-seeded Northeastern. 

BRUNO AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brown has won seven NCAA titles all-time and qualified for all 20 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 17 of its previous 19 appearances. Brown has placed third in each of the last two years. 

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
The Sacramento State Aquatic Center has served as the host site for the NCAA Championships on eight previous occasions, and Brown emerged as the national champion in four of those years. The greater Sacramento area hosted the championship in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2015 while Brown took the crown in 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2011. 

WINNING THE IVY TEAM POINTS TROPHY
Brown won the team points trophy for the third straight year at the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship, totaling 83 points to edge Princeton (80), Yale (65), Radcliffe (50), Penn (46), Dartmouth (28), Columbia (24), and Cornell (22).

The Bears took victories in the second varsity eight, B varsity four, and C varsity four while finishing in second in the first varsity eight and third varsity eight, and third in the A varsity four. The Bears won the second varsity eight and B varsity four for the fourth straight year. 

IN THE POLLS
Brown ranks fourth in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll released on May 18. California tops the rankings while No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Virginia, and No. 5 Princeton fill out the top five. The top 16 schools in the poll all qualified for the NCAA Championships. Yale stands in a tie for No. 10, giving the Ivy League three schools in the rankings. 

ALL-IVY ACCOLADES
The members of Brown's first varsity eight earned Second Team All-Ivy honors through their finish at the Ivy Championship. The boat included senior coxswain Isabel Runge (Redmond, Wash.), junior stroke Alia Shafi (Lafayette, Calif.), senior 7-seat Muriel Solberg (Rockford, Ill.), junior 6-seat Lia Keyser (Cambridge, Mass.), senior 5-seat Ellie Place (Bellevue, Wash.), junior 4-seat Monika Sobieszek (Stoneham, Mass.), sophomore 3-seat Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.), senior 2-seat Sasha Tilles (Redmond, Wash.), and senior bow Lucia Petty (Hong Kong).

Place, Shafi, Sobieszek, and Solberg have all earned All-Ivy honors in each of the last three years. The quartet gained First Team accolades in 2015 and Second Team plaudits in 2014. Madden gained First Team All-Ivy in 2015 while Tilles took home Second Team All-Ivy in 2014. 

CALIFORNIA GURLS
Brown carries eight student-athletes on its roster from the state of California, and the Bears will bring six of those performers to the NCAA Championships. The Golden State natives on Brown's NCAA roster include sophomore Tara Bozzini (Lafayette), senior Signe Henderson (Berkeley), junior Ruby Moore-Bloom (Berkeley), sophomore Jennifer Mundelius (Danville), junior Alia Shafi (Lafayette), and freshman Amy Tarczynski (Oakland). 

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Brown will make its second trip of the season to California after the Bears competed at the Lake Natoma Invitational from April 16-17 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center – the same course used for the NCAA Championships.

The Bears' three NCAA boats compiled a record of 14-4 at the invitational, competing against Wisconsin, Loyola Marymount, Iowa, Sacramento State, California, and Stanford. The first varsity eight went 4-2, the second varsity eight went 6-0, and the A varsity four went 4-2. 

THE BEARS' RECORDS
Entering the NCAA Championships, Brown's first varsity eight holds a record of 16-3, the second varsity eight carries a 19-0 mark, and the A varsity four brings a 15-4 record. During the regular season, the first varsity eight went 11-2, the second varsity eight went 13-0, and the A varsity four went 11-2. At the Ivy League Championship the 1V8 posted a 5-1 mark, the 2V8 notched a 6-0 record, and the AV4 finished 4-2. 

FAMILIAR FACES
Brown has competed against six schools that made the NCAA Championships in 2016, including California, Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Yale. The Bears raced against Princeton and Yale both during the regular season and at the Ivy Championship. Bruno beat three-time defending NCAA champion Ohio State as well as Princeton in the season opener. The Bears faced California, Stanford, and Wisconsin at the Lake Natoma Invitational. Against these opponents, Brown went 5-3 in the 1V8, 8-0 in the 2V8, and 4-4 in the AV4. 

DIVISION I SCHEDULE

Friday, May 27 – Heats
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 1
9:12 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 2
9:24 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 3 (Brown)
9:36 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 4
9:48 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 1 (Brown)
10:00 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 2
10:12 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 3
10:24 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 4
10:36 a.m. – Fours – Heat 1
10:48 a.m. – Fours – Heat 2 (Brown)
11:00 a.m. – Fours – Heat 3
11:12 a.m. – Fours – Heat 4 

Friday, May 27 – Repechages
4:12 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 1
4:24 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 2
4:36 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 1
4:48 p.m. – II Eights – Repechage 2
5:00 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 1
5:12 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 2 

Saturday, May 28
8:12 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals 1
8:24 a.m. – I Eights – C/D Semifinals 2
8:36 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals 1
8:48 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinals 2
9:00 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semifinals 1
9:12 a.m. – II Eights – C/D Semifinals 2
9:24 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals 1
9:36 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinals 2
9:48 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals 1
10:00 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinals 2
10:12 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals 1
10:24 a.m. – Fours – A/B Semifinals 2 

Sunday, May 29 – C/D Finals
8:12 a.m. – Fours – D Final (Places 19-22)
8:24 a.m. – Fours – C Final (Places 13-18)
8:36 a.m. – II Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
8:48 a.m. – II Eights – C Final (Places 13-18)
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – D Final (Places 19-22)
9:12 a.m. – I Eights – C Final (Places 13-18) 

Sunday, May 29 – Petite/Grand Finals
10:00 a.m. – Fours – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:12 a.m. – Fours – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:24 a.m. – II Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
10:36 a.m. – II Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
10:48 a.m. – I Eights – Petite Final (Places 7-12)
11:00 a.m. – I Eights – Grand Final (Places 1-6)
Noon – Awards Ceremony

POINT BREAKDOWN

2016 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Points System
Place 1V8 2V8 V4
1 66 44 22
2 63 42 21
3 60 40 20
4 57 38 19
5 54 36 18
6 51 34 17
7 48 32 16
8 45 30 15
9 42 28 14
10 39 26 13
11 36 24 12
12 33 22 11
13 30 20 10
14 27 18 9
15 24 16 8
16 21 14 7
17 18 12 6
18 15 10 5
19 12 8 4
20 9 6 3
21 6 4 2
22 3 2 1

SEEDING

2016 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships Seeding
Seed I Eights II Eights Fours
1 California Brown California
2 Stanford California Yale
3 Ohio State Ohio State Virginia
4 Princeton Washington Washington
5 Virginia Virginia Ohio State
6 Brown Princeton Princeton
7 Michigan Texas Brown
8 Texas Stanford Wisconsin
9 Southern Cal Wisconsin Stanford
10 Yale Yale Texas
11 Wisconsin Duke Michigan
12 Washington Washington St. Duke
13 Washington St. Indiana Southern Cal
14 Duke Michigan Syracuse
15 Gonzaga Gonzaga Washington St.
16 Syracuse Syracuse Indiana
17 Indiana Southern Cal Gonzaga
18 Northeastern Northeastern Northeastern
19 UCF Navy Navy
20 Rhode Island UCF UCF
21 Navy Rhode Island Rhode Island
22 Jacksonville Jacksonville Jacksonville