May 27, 2006
West Windsor, NJ - The Brown women's crew secured advancements to all three grand final races of the 2006 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship as the varsity eight took second place in Saturday's highly competitive semifinal race. The Bears are among just four teams to qualify all three boats to the grand finals (Brown, California, Ohio State, Washington State). Brown's second varsity eight and varsity four automatically advanced to the grand finals with first place finishes in their opening heats yesterday. The Bears will be in the hunt for their fifth national title, including their second in the last three years, beginning tomorrow at 10:45 a.m.
Top ranked Princeton took an open water victory in the varsity eight as it took a sizeable lead in the early going. Brown and USC battled it out for second place in the first half of the race before the Bears were able to push ahead. In the last 30 strokes of the race, Washington State pressured Brown for the second place spot but finished just over one second back. Minnesota moved onto the petite level final with a fourth place finish while Yale took fifth. USC struggled in the second half of the race, falling back to sixth at the finish line while Stanford trailed well behind in seventh place. The race featured five of the top ten ranked crews in the nation.
In the second semifinal, California secured its place in Sunday's grand final with a winning time of 6:30.4720. Michigan State took second while Ohio State nabbed the third and final qualifying spot. Washington placed fourth, followed by Notre Dame and UCLA.
Sunday's grand final events will get underway on Sunday beginning with the varsity four grand final at 10:45 a.m. The second varsity eight final will be held at 11:15 a.m. followed by the headlining varsity eight grand final at 12 noon.
Brown's varsity four will be in lane three. Washington will be in lane one next to Ohio State in lane two. On the other side of Brown in lane four will be Cal with Washington State and Michigan State in lanes five and six, respectively.
The second varsity eight grand final will feature Washington State in lane one, Cal in lane two, Ohio State in lane three, Brown in lane four, Wisconsin in lane five and Princeton in lane six.
The Bears will be in lane two for the varsity eight grand final. Lane one will be occupied by Ohio State with Cal in lane three, Princeton in lane four, Michigan State in lane five and Washington State in lane six.
For complete results from the 2006 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship click here
Varsity Eight Semifinal One (Top three advance to grand final)
3: Washington State-6:27.4170
4: Minnesota: 6:28.8190
5: Yale: 6:30.3720
6: USC: 6:33.7670
7: Stanford: 6:46.0140
Varsity Eight Semifinal Two (Top three advance to grand final)
2: Michigan State-6:32.1340
3: Ohio State-6:32.5750
5: Notre Dame-6:36.9310