Women’s Crew Sends Both Eights to A/B Semifinals to Open NCAA Championships

Women’s Crew Sends Both Eights to A/B Semifinals to Open NCAA Championships

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown University women's crew advanced both its first varsity eight and second varsity eight boats to the A/B semifinals, with the second varsity qualifying directly out of the morning heats, to open racing on day one of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at Mercer Lake on Friday.

Making their 21st straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, the Bears claimed first in their second varsity eight heat to highlight the morning. Brown's first varsity eight finished fourth in its heat before placing second in its repechage. The varsity four came in third in both its heat and repechage, proceeding to the C/D semifinals.

On Saturday, the eighth-seeded first varsity eight will race in A/B semifinal one out of lane one at 8:36 a.m. The Bears opponents – in lane order from two to six – include second-seeded California, fifth-seeded Ohio State, top-seeded Washington, third-seeded Texas, and 16th-seeded Wisconsin.

Brown's third-seeded second varsity eight will compete in A/B semifinal one out of lane four at 9:24 a.m. The crew's opponents – in lane order from one to three and five to six – comprise eighth-seeded Yale, fifth-seeded Texas, top-seeded Washington, seventh-seeded Ohio State, and 10th-seeded Syracuse.

The seventh-seeded varsity four will take part in C/D semifinal one from lane three at 9:48 a.m., racing against 21st-seeded Massachusetts, 18th-seeded UCF, 13th-seeded Gonzaga, and 12th-seeded Washington State in lane order from one to two and four to five.

The top three boats in each A/B semifinal advance to their respective grand finals while the rest proceed to their respective petite finals. The top three crews in each C/D semifinal qualify for the C final while the remaining crews compete in the D final.

Brown's third-seeded second varsity eight captured heat three out of lane three behind a time of 6:21.157 to advance directly to Saturday's A/B semifinals. The Bears defeated 11th-seeded Virginia (6:22.422) by 1.265 seconds and sixth-seeded Princeton (6:24.017) by 2.860 seconds as well as 14th-seeded Notre Dame (6:38.960), 19th-seeded Navy (7:02.223), and 22nd-seeded Jacksonville (7:13.550).

Brown's eighth-seeded first varsity eight placed second in repechage 2 out of lane five to gain a spot in the A/B Semifinals behind a time of 6:17.713. The Bears trailed 12th-seeded Virginia (6:15.603) by 2.110 seconds while edging 15th-seeded Iowa (6:18.986) by 1.273 seconds and 19th-seeded Northeastern (6:19.793) by 2.080 seconds as well as 14th-seeded Syracuse (6:22.506), 13th-seeded Gonzaga (6:24.640), and 20th-seeded Navy (6:38.486).

In the Bears' first race of the day, the first varsity eight placed fourth in heat one out of lane four with a time of 6:21.678. Top-seeded Washington (6:08.755) won the heat, 2.530 seconds ahead of ninth-seeded Yale (6:11.285) and 3.643 seconds ahead of 16th-seeded Wisconsin (6:12.398). The Bears came in 9.280 seconds behind the Badgers and topped 17th-seeded UCF (6:40.505) by 18.827 seconds.

The Bears' seventh-seeded varsity four came in third in heat two from lane four in 7:05.575. Brown trailed second-seeded California (6:55.282) by 10.293 seconds and 10th-seeded Princeton (6:58.475) by 7.100 seconds while defeating 15th-seeded Syracuse (7:26.615) by 21.040 seconds and 18th-seeded UCF (7:42.795).

In Brown's final race of the day, the varsity four came in third in repechage one from lane three with a time of 7:09.566, coming just 0.687 seconds out of second place and a qualifying spot for the A/B semifinals. The Bears trailed 16th-seeded and race winner Iowa (7:07.546) by 2.020 seconds and eighth-seeded Virginia (7:08.879) by 0.687 seconds. The crew topped 14th-seeded Indiana (7:15.962) by 6.396 seconds in addition to 12th-seeded Washington State (7:17.926), 19th-seeded Navy (7:37.806), and 21st-seeded Massachusetts (7:44.859).

Brown stood as one of 12 schools to send two or more boats into the A/B semifinals. A total of 10 schools – California, Michigan, Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Yale – qualified all three boats for the A/B semifinals. Brown (1V8, 2V8) and Syracuse (2V8, V4) each advanced two boats to the A/B semis while Indiana's 1V8 and Iowa's V4 rounded out the 36-boat A/B semifinal field. 

Brown Schedule/Results
Friday, May 26 (17-8)
9:00 a.m. – I Eights – Heat 1, Lane 4 – Fourth (1-3) – 6:21.678
10:12 a.m. – II Eights – Heat 3, Lane 3 – Second (5-0) – 6:21.157
10:48 a.m. – Fours – Heat 2, Lane 4 – Third (2-2) – 7:05.575
5:24 p.m. – I Eights – Repechage 2, Lane 5 – Second (5-1) – 6:17.713
6:00 p.m. – Fours – Repechage 1, Lane 3 – Third (4-2) – 7:09.566
Saturday, May 27
8:36 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinal 1, Lane 1
9:24 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinal 1, Lane 4
9:48 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinal 1, Lane 3 

Brown Friday Race Results

First Varsity Eight – Heat 1
1. Washington – 6:08.755
2. Yale – 6:11.285
3. Wisconsin – 6:12.398
4. Brown – 6:21.678
5. UCF – 6:40.505 

Second Varsity Eight – Heat 3
1. Brown – 6:21.157
2. Virginia – 6:22.422
3. Princeton – 6:24.017
4. Notre Dame – 6:38.960
5. Navy – 7:02.223
6. Jacksonville – 7:13.550 

Varsity Four – Heat 2
1. California – 6:55.282
2. Princeton – 6:58.475
3. Brown – 7:05.575
4. Syracuse – 7:26.615
5. UCF – 7:42.795

First Varsity Eight – Repechage 2
1. Virginia – 6:15.603
2. Brown – 6:17.713
3. Iowa – 6:18.986
4. Northeastern – 6:19.793
5. Syracuse – 6:22.506
6. Gonzaga – 6:24.640
7. Navy – 6:38.486 

Varsity Four – Repechage 1
1. Iowa – 7:07.546
2. Virginia – 7:08.879
3. Brown – 7:09.566
4. Indiana – 7:15.962
5. Washington State – 7:17.926
6. Navy – 7:37.806
7. Massachusetts – 7:44.859

Race Notes
Brown, the No. 6 crew in the latest CRCA Coaches Poll, raced against 11 other crews ranked in the poll on the day – No. 1 Washington, No. 2 California, No. 7 Princeton, No. 9 Yale, No. 10 Virginia, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Syracuse, No. 13 Iowa, No. 14 Indiana, No. 15 Washington State, and No. 16 Notre Dame … Bruno finished the day 17-8 as a team … Brown's 2V8 improved its record to 22-3 overall and 14-1 in the state of New Jersey with its heat win … Brown's 1V8 bettered its season record to 22-8 overall and 14-6 in New Jersey … The Bears' V4 moved its season mark to 19-11 overall and 12-8 in New Jersey … The 2V8 improved to 3-1 vs. Princeton … The 1V8 went to 2-0 vs. both UCF and Gonzaga … The V4 moved to 2-0 vs. UCF … The Bears went 8-5 in their morning heats … Five schools – California, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, and Washington – advanced all three of their boats directly to the A/B semifinals out of the morning heats … Three schools – Princeton, Stanford, and Yale – advanced two of their boats (the 1V8 and V4 for all three) directly to the A/B semifinals out of the morning heats … Brown, Virginia, and Wisconsin each sent its 2V8 to the A/B semifinals directly out of the heats, rounding out the 24 boats to move directly to the A/B semifinals from the morning.