May 14, 2006
Camden, NJ - For the eighth time in the last nine years, including the third straight, the Brown women's crew will return to College Hill with the Charles Willing Jr. Team Trophy as the Bears put together one of their strongest all-around performances in history at the 2006 EAWRC Sprints. Brown took second behind Ivy champion Princeton in the varsity eight as well as the novice eight but first place finishes in the second varsity eight, and third varsity four "A" and "B" events gave Brown the edge over the Tigers for the team title.
The varsity eight, seeded second, took an easy win in its morning heat, timing in at 7:04.5800 to advance to the grand final. The undefeated Tigers took an eight second win in the finals to capture the 2006 Ivy League Title. Brown's second place finish earns the nine members Second Team All-Ivy honors. Yale took third in the race while Boston University, Radcliffe and Dartmouth took the final three spots respectively.
Brown's second varsity eight came into the Sprints undefeated with the number one seed and it did not disappoint, taking a dominating 11 second victory over second place finisher Yale. Radcliffe took third while Princeton, seeded third, took fourth. The Bears also posted the top time in the morning heats,
Princeton placed first in the novice eight with Brown closely following in second. Dartmouth took third while Radcliffe, Northeastern and Cornell rounded out the rest of the field. Brown again owned the top time of the morning heats.
The Bears gained big points in the third varsity four events, racing a total of three boats which all dominated the field. In the "A" event, Brown posted the top time while BU took second and Yale third. Princeton was the number one seed heading into the weekend but did not advance to the grand final race, instead taking first in the petite final.
In the third varsity four "B", Brown's crews took the top two spots. The Bears "B" boat cruised to a 15 second win while the "C" boat edged out Yale by just over one tenth of a second.
To top things off, Brown's alumnae boat easily beat out the competition in the alum race, beating second place finisher Penn by 15 seconds.
Brown will now await an invitation to the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships, which will be held on the Cooper River Memorial Day Weekend. Brown will be looking to capture its fifth national title.
The Times (Top Three Finishers)
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Four "A"
Third Varsity Four "B"