Women’s Crew Places Eighth as a Team at 2017 NCAA Championships

Women’s Crew Places Eighth as a Team at 2017 NCAA Championships

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown University women's crew finished in eighth place as a team, marking its 20th top-eight finish out of 21 NCAA Championships, to cap three days of racing at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships on Sunday morning at Mercer Lake.

One of three programs to compete in all 21 NCAA Championships since the event's inception in 1997, the Bears stood as the second-highest finishing team from a non-power five conference and from the Ivy League.

"Every year it gets a little faster, and the field has gotten faster as a whole which is really exciting to be a part of. It's great to see the sport getting bigger," senior 1V8 bow Lia Keyser said. "It's an honor to be able to race at a national level and represent Brown. It's a great way to end a great four years."

The first varsity eight placed second in the petite final, eighth overall, charging to the finish to edge Princeton by 0.354 seconds for 45 team points. The second varsity eight – competing in the grand final for the 19th time out of 21 championships – came in fifth for 36 team points, marking its 17th top-five finish all-time. The varsity four won the C final, taking 13th overall in the event and notching 10 team points.

"To be able to have that kind of race in my last race – to be in contact with Ohio State who won last year, and beat us by open water, and to edge out Princeton and Virginia who beat us within the past two weeks – was really exciting," Keyser said.

Washington won the team title with 132 team points and became the first program to win all three events – the first varsity, second varsity eight, and varsity four – at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies claimed their fourth national team title and first since 2001. California (123), Michigan (112), and Texas (108) rounded out the top-four podium schools.

Brown came in eighth as a team with 91 team points, finishing behind fifth-place Ohio State (106), sixth-place Stanford (105), and seventh-place Yale (96) while placing above ninth-place Wisconsin (86), 10th-place Princeton (85), and 12 other programs in the 22-team event.

"Over four years we saw all this new speed, and this year more than anything we saw that there is a lot more speed out there," senior 2V8 5-seat Maaike Tiersma said. "I could not have wished for a better way to end four years on this team."

The Bears' eighth-seeded first varsity eight pulled through with a second-place finish in the petite final – eighth overall – out of lane five, edging fourth-seeded Princeton (6:47.813) by 0.354 seconds to tally 45 team points. Fifth-seeded Ohio State (6:45.654) won the race by 1.805 seconds over the Bears.

Brown also defeated 12th-seeded Virginia (6:49.534) by 2.075 seconds in addition to 16th-seeded Wisconsin (6:50.566) and 11th-seeded Indiana (6:55.128). The Bears registered their first win over the Tigers in 2017 and topped the Badgers for the second time in as many days at NCAAs.

"It's so fun to be in those races where the entire field is in it the whole time," Keyser said. "There was not a single boat that really dropped back. We were in fifth place and to have that boat-wide decision to walk back through the field and come in second was incredible."

The second varsity eight placed fifth in the grand final out of lane six behind a time of 7:03.155 for 36 team points. Top-seeded Washington (6:47.268) won the event ahead of second-seeded California (6:53.313), fourth-seeded Michigan (6:55.135), and seventh-seeded Ohio State (6:58.163).

The Bears – the top finishing Ivy crew in the 2V8 – came in 4.992 seconds behind the Buckeyes and edged ninth-seeded Wisconsin (7:04.110) by 0.995 seconds.

In the program's first race of the day, the seventh-seeded varsity four, out of lane four, won the C final with a time of 7:32.538, capturing 13th overall in the event.

The Bears claimed 10 team points behind an open water victory, outdistancing 14th-seeded Indiana (7:37.095) by 4.557 seconds as well as 12th-seeded Washington State (7:38.378), 17th-seeded Notre Dame (7:38.465), 20th-seeded Northeastern (7:40.798), and 13th-seeded Gonzaga (7:40.988).

"I have full confidence that the classes below us will hold onto that speed, and we are not going to be left behind," Tiersma said. "I know that these girls are going to work really hard and come back next year. This is not the beginning of a new era. We are going to be a part of that new era too."

Brown Schedule/Results (35-19)

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 (8-6)
8:36 a.m. – I Eights – A/B Semifinal 1, Lane 1 – Fifth (1-4) – 6:21.372
9:24 a.m. – II Eights – A/B Semifinal 1, Lane 4 – Third (3-2) – 6:24.285
9:48 a.m. – Fours – C/D Semifinal 1, Lane 3 – First (4-0) – 7:19.359
Sunday, May 28 (10-5)
8:24 a.m. – Fours – C Final, Lane 4 – First (5-0) – 7:32.538 (10 Points)
10:36 a.m. – II Eights – Grand Final, Lane 6 – Fifth (1-4) – 7:03.155 (36 Points)
10:48 a.m. – I Eights – Petite Final, Lane 5 – Second (4-1) – 6:47.459 (45 Points) 

Brown Sunday Race Results

Varsity Four – C Final
1. Brown – 7:32.538
2. Indiana – 7:37.095
3. Washington State – 7:38.378
4. Notre Dame – 7:38.465
5. Northeastern – 7:40.798
6. Gonzaga – 7:40.988

Second Varsity Eight – Grand Final
1. Washington – 6:47.268
2. California – 6:53.313
3. Michigan – 6:55.135
4. Ohio State – 6:58.163
5. Brown – 7:03.155
6. Wisconsin – 7:04.110 

First Varsity Eight – Petite Final
1. Ohio State – 6:45.654
2. Brown – 6:47.459
3. Princeton – 6:47.813
4. Virginia – 6:49.534
5. Wisconsin – 6:50.566
6. Indiana – 6:55.128

Final Team Standings
1. Washington – 132
2. California – 123
3. Michigan – 112
4. Texas – 108
5. Ohio State – 106
6. Stanford – 105
7. Yale – 96
8. Brown – 91
9. Wisconsin – 86
10. Princeton – 85
11. Virginia – 74
12. Indiana – 62
13. Syracuse – 60
14. Washington State – 56
15. Iowa – 54
16. Notre Dame – 40
17. Northeastern – 38
18. UCF – 28
19. Gonzaga – 25
20. Navy – 16
21. Massachusetts – 15
22. Jacksonville – 6 

Race Notes
Brown, the No. 6 crew in the latest CRCA Coaches Poll, raced against 10 other crews ranked in the poll on the day – No. 1 Washington, No. 2 California, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 Princeton, No. 10 Virginia, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Indiana, No. 15 Washington State, No. 16 Notre Dame … The 2V8 stood as the top-finishing Ivy crew in the event … The 1V8 completed the season with a 27-13 overall record and a 19-11 mark in the state of New Jersey … The 2V8 closed the season with a 26-9 overall record and an 18-7 mark in New Jersey … The V4 finished the season with a 28-11 overall record and a 21-8 mark in the state of New Jersey … The 1V8 topped Princeton for the first time this year after falling to the Tigers during the regular season and at the Ivy League Championship … The 1V8 went 2-1 vs. Wisconsin at NCAAs defeating the Badgers in the semifinals and petite final after dropping a decision in the heats … The 1V8 went 1-1 vs. Virginia at NCAAs … The V4 improved to 3-0 vs. both Washington State and Gonzaga and 2-0 vs. Indiana … As a team Brown went 10-5 on Sunday and concluded the championships with a 35-19 overall record.

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