No. 9 Women’s Crew Set to Compete at Ivy League Championship

No. 9 Women’s Crew Set to Compete at Ivy League Championship

Revised as of Saturday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. with Updated Schedule

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 9 Brown University women's crew will seek its 10th overall Ivy League title and second in the last three years when the Bears take to Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., for the 2017 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday with heats beginning at 8:00 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 (Updated as of Saturday, May 13, 6:00 p.m.)
Heats
8:15 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – Heat 2, Lane 3
8:45 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Heat 2, Lane 4
9:15 a.m. – A Varsity Four – Heat 2, Lane 4
9:45 a.m. – B Varsity Four – Heat 2, Lane 3 

Petite Finals
12:30 p.m. – B Varsity Four*
1:00 p.m. – A Varsity Four*
1:30 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight*
2:00 p.m. – First Varsity Eight* 

Grand Finals
12:00 p.m. – Third Varsity Eight – Lane 2
12:15 p.m. – C Varsity Four – Lane 3
12:45 p.m. – B Varsity Four*
1:15 p.m. – A Varsity Four*
1:45 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight*
2:15 p.m. – First Varsity Eight*
* lane assignments pending results of morning heats

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 Championships, 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 three years and claimed the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy for winning the first varsity eight race in 2015. Brown has captured the second varsity eight and B varsity four races in each of the last four 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
2016 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st

LAST TIME OUT
No. 9 Brown beat No. 6 Yale University in the first varsity eight and third varsity eight races on the Housatonic River in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday, Apr. 29. In the final race prior to the Ivy League Championship for both programs, Brown won the first varsity eight with a time of 6:14.9, edging the Bulldogs (6:17.6) by 2.7 seconds. 

IN THE POLLS
In the final regular season CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, Brown checks in at No. 9 while three other Ivies – No. 6 Yale, No. 7 Princeton, and No. 18 Radcliffe – appear in the rankings. Washington takes the top spot in the poll with No. 2 California, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Michigan, and No. 5 Ohio State rounding out the top five. No. 8 Stanford and No. 10 Wisconsin complete the top 10.

In the final regular season Region 1 Rankings, Brown ranks third as a team, second in the first varsity eight, third in the second varsity eight, and third in the A varsity four. Princeton stands first as a team and in the 1V8 while Yale takes the top spot in the 2V8 and AV4. 

THE BEARS IN THE REGULAR SEASON
During the regular season, Brown's first varsity eight posted a 9-3 overall record including a 3-1 Ivy mark and 4-3 record vs. ranked opponents. The Bears' second varsity eight went 9-3 overall, 2-2 in Ivy races, and 4-3 vs. ranked foes while the A varsity four finished 8-4 overall, 2-2 in Ivy races, and 3-4 vs. ranked opponents. Against like boats, Brown's third varsity eight and B varsity four both went 3-1 overall with all four races coming in Ivy competition. 

POINT BREAKDOWN
The Ivy League determines the team points trophy through a points system which weighs each of the day's races. The system places an emphasis on the three NCAA events – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and A varsity four.

2017 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 second seed in the first varsity eight while the Bears' second varsity eight and A varsity four both rank third in their respective events to round out the NCAA races. Brown holds the top seeding position in the third varsity eight and the second spot in the B varsity four. The C varsity four is unseeded.

2017 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Seeding
Seed 1V8 2V8 AV4 BV4 3V8
1 PRIN YALE YALE YALE BRWN
2 BRWN PRIN PRIN BRWN YALE
3 YALE BRWN BRWN RAD RAD
4 RAD RAD COL PRIN PRIN
5 COL PENN RAD COL CORN
6 PENN CORN PENN CORN DART
7 DART COL CORN PENN --
8 CORN DART DART DART --

ON THE HORIZON
Pending their selection as an automatic or at-large qualifier, the Bears will look to compete in the NCAA Championships for the 21st consecutive season. Brown, Princeton, and Washington stand as the only three programs to compete at all previous 20 NCAA Championships.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships will take place at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., from May 26-28 with the Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference acting as co-hosts. The NCAA will air the selection show for the event on Tuesday, May 16 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.