PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 5 Brown University women's crew placed second in the three NCAA events – the A varsity four, second varsity eight, and first varsity eight – and finished first in the third varsity eight and B/C varsity four in its spring season opener at No. 5 Princeton University with No. 20 Michigan State University on Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.
The Bears earned victories over the hosts in the third varsity eight, B varsity four, and C varsity four, but the defending Ivy League champion Tigers swept the three races – the AV4, 2V8, and 1V8 – that are contested at the NCAA Championships in the last weekend of May.
In all three NCAA races, the Bears outdistanced the Spartans but crossed the finish behind the Tigers. Princeton took no greater than a 2.7-second win in any of the three races.
The first varsity eight race stood as the tightest race of the day as Brown (6:28.5) trailed Princeton (6:30.9) by 2.4 seconds and edged Michigan State (6:31.5) by 0.6 seconds.
The Bears (6:48.6) came within 2.7 seconds of the Tigers (6:45.9) in the second varsity eight and beat the Spartans (7:10.7) by close to 25 seconds.
In the A varsity four, Princeton (7:36.0) gained a 1.7-second advantage over Brown (7:38.7) while the Bears bested Michigan State (8:03.6) by close to 25 seconds once again.
Opening the day with the B/C varsity four, Brown's B four (7:43.0) topped Princeton's B four (7:48.0) by five seconds, and the Bears' C four (7:52.4) came in third place, finishing ahead of the Tigers' fourth-place C four (8:29.0) by close to 37 seconds.
In the final race of the day, Brown's third varsity eight (7:01.7) defeated Princeton (7:16.6) by 14.9 seconds in a dual race.
The Tigers claimed the Class of 1987 Trophy from the Bears for the first time since 2013 after Brown had won the previous three trophies from 2014-16. Brown fell to 12-18 all-time against Princeton in the cup.
The Bears began their spring season after earning three wins in the fall – in the women's open eight at the Princeton Chase, in the collegiate women's eight at the Head of the Housatonic, and in the women's club eight at the Head of the Charles. Last spring, Brown won the Ivy team points trophy for the third straight year and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Next, Brown hosts Radcliffe on the Seekonk River for its home opener on Saturday, Apr. 1.
9:00 a.m. – B Varsity Four – First Place (3-0) – 7:43.0
9:00 a.m. – C Varsity Four – Third Place (1-2) – 7:52.4
9:20 a.m. – A Varsity Four – Second Place (1-1) – 7:38.7
9:40 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Second Place (1-1) – 6:48.6
10:00 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – Second Place (1-1) – 6:30.9
10:20 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight – First Place (1-0) – 7:01.7