Bears Win All Three Heats on First Day of NCAA's

May 25, 2007

Oak Ridge, TN - In the first day of the Division I NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, Brown showed its strength by winning all three races in the opening heats at Melton Hill Lake on Friday morning.

Kicking off the day was Brown's varsity eight, as they edged Virginia by a tenth of a second to win the heat in 6:30.54. Virginia came in second at 6:30.64, Harvard in third at 6:36.08, while UCLA finished in fourth with a 6:37.23 and Central Florida came in last at 6:45.29. The varsity eight will compete in the semis tomorrow morning.

In the second varsity eight race, Yale took an early lead in first place, with Tennessee in second and Brown in third after the first 500-meters. But just as quick as Yale got its lead, Brown moved up to second, and then first with 500 meter to go and held the lead until the end.

Bruno crossed the line at 6:47.47, followed by Minnesota at 6:50.97, Yale in third with a 6:53.71, and Ohio State in fourth with a 6:55.04. Tennessee ended in fourth with a 6:55.29 and Notre Dame placed last with a 7:12.02. The second varsity will compete on Sunday in the Grand Final at 11:00 a.m.

In the last race of the day for Bruno, the Bears' varsity four took the lead from the start and never let it go to win the race with a time of 7:29.65. Yale placed second with a 7:33.20, Princeton in third with a 7:35.59 and California placed fourth with a 7:37.69. Notre Dame came in fifth with a 7:43.41 and Ohio State finished last at 7:48.24. Brown will compete at 10:30 on Sunday in the Grand Final.

Varsity Eight
Brown:6:30.54
Virginia:6:30.64
Harvard: 6:36.08
UCLA: 6:37.23
UCF: 6:45.29

Second Varsity Eight
Brown: 6:47.47
Minnesota:6:50.97
Yale:6:53.71
Ohio State: 6:55.05
Tennessee: 6:55.29
Notre Dame:7:12.02

Varsity Fours
Brown:7:29.65
Yale:7:33.20
Princeton: 7:35.59
California: 7:37.69
Notre Dame: 7:43.41
Ohio State: 7:48.24