Bears Take First Place In All Three Races In First Day At NCAA Championships

May 26, 2006

Windsor, NJ - In the first day of competition at the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship, the Brown women's crew went undefeated, advancing to the semifinals in the varsity eight while the second varsity eight and varsity four both advanced to Sunday's grand finals.

The third seeded varsity eight had an early start, competing in the first race of the day at 8 a.m. The Bears were in control from start to finish, posting a top-time of 6:41.4970. Ohio State took second with a time of 6:43.3700. With the top three crews advancing to tomorrow's semifinals, Yale and USC battled it out for the third and final spot, both finishing in a dead heat tie of 6:44.8120. Due to the rare occurrence, both crews will advance to the semifinals. Washington and Stanford took fifth and sixth respectively, moving to Friday afternoon's repechage.

In heat two of the varsity eight, top seeded Princeton took an easy win, timing in at 6:32.2240. Michigan State and Minnesota rounded out the top three, respectively, to advance to the semis. Notre Dame and Wisconsin will compete in Friday's afternoon's repechage as they took fourth and fifth.

The third and final heat was won by second seeded Cal as the Bears had a top time of 6:36.7970. Washington State and UCLA also advanced to the semis, taking second and third respectively. Tennessee and Boston University finished fourth and fifth, moving to the repechage.

Brown's undefeated second varsity eight received the top overall seed as it competed in heat two. Wisconsin took an early lead while Brown closely followed in the early going while Yale and Michigan State battled for third. The Bears were able to press ahead of Wisconsin to overtake first, which they held onto for the remainder of the race. With its top time of 6:45.4730, Brown automatically advances to Sunday's grand final. The Badgers clung onto the second place position despite a strong push by Yale, which took third. Michigan State, Washington and Notre Dame rounded out the rest of the field, respectively.

In heat one of the second varsity eight, second seeded Ohio State advanced to the grand final with a first place finish. The next three places were decided by just five tenths of a second as Cal took second, Princeton third and Washington State fourth. Tennessee and Stanford took the final two spots, respectively.

The Bear's varsity four earned the second overall seed, racing in heat one on Friday. Brown took an early lead and never looked back, taking an open water victory over second place finisher Ohio State. The Buckeyes pressured Brown midway through the race but were never able to make up much ground. Washington took third while Yale took a distant fourth in the heat. Rounding things out were Tennessee and Notre Dame. With the victory, Brown automatically advances to the grand final on Sunday.

Since the second varsity eight and varsity four won their heats, the Bears varsity eight will be the only crew competing on Saturday. Brown will either be racing in the 10:30 a.m. semifinal or the 10:45 a.m. semifinal, which will be determined once Friday afternoon's repechage is complete.

The advancement of the second varsity eight and varsity four to the grand finals secures Brown's string of appearances in the grand finals. In ten years of competition at the NCAA Championships, Brown has never failed to qualify for the top level finals in both events.

Varsity Eight Heat One(Top three advance to semifinals)
1: Brown-6:41.4970
2: Ohio State-6:43.3700
3: USC-6:44.8120
3: Yale-6:44.8120
5: Washington-6:52.9940
6: Stanford-6:58.8920

Varsity Eight Heat Two (Top three advance to semifinals)
1: Princeton-6:32.2240
2: Michigan State-6:37.8120
3: Minnesota-6:39.3240
4: Notre Dame-6:44.6610
5: Wisconsin-6:49.5080

Varsity Eight Heat Three (Top three advance to semifinals)
1: California-6:36.7970
2: Washington State-6:38.5900
3: UCLA-6:39.2810
4: Tennessee-6:39.8210
5: Boston University-6:48.8540

Second Varsity Eight Heat One (Winner advances to grand final)
1: Ohio State-6:54.4560
2: California-6:56.4390
3: Princeton-6:56.4390
4: Washington State-6:56.7100
5: Tennessee-7:02.4980
6: Stanford-7:02.7880

Second Varsity Eight Heat Two (Winner advances to grand final)
1: Brown-6:45.4730
2: Wisconsin-6:48.6370
3: Yale-6:52.2420
4: Michigan State-6:55.8980
5: Washington-6:58.1850
6: Notre Dame-7:11.0690

Varsity Four Heat One (Winner to grand final)
1: Brown-7:30.1770
2: Ohio State-7:34.4840
3: Washington-7:41.2630
4: Yale-7:41.2630
5: Tennessee-7:41.7640
6: Notre Dame-7:45.3290

Varsity Four Heat Two(Winner to grand final)
1: California-7:25.2410
2: Washington State-7:26.6330
3: Michigan State-7:28.9660
4: Princeton-7:33.7830
5: Wisconsin-7:34.7240
6: Stanford-7:35.0750