Bears Advance All Three Boats To Grand Finals Of NCAA Championships

May 29, 2004

Sacramento, CA - The Brown women's crew team has advanced all three of its boats to the finals of the 2004 NCAA Championships, held in Sacramento, CA on Lake Natoma. The varsity eight won its semifinal heat and the varsity four won its repechage heat on Saturday morning to advance to tomorrow's finals.

The second varsity eight qualified for the finals yesterday with its first place finish in its heat. The only other teams that have advanced all three of their boats to the finals tomorrow are Yale and California.

The varsity eight semifinal second heat featured some of the top teams in the country, including Princeton,Cal, Washington and Harvard. The Tigers took an early lead in the race while Cal and Brown followed closely in second and third respectively.

Roughly midway through the race Brown charged ahead to take the lead and gained a four seat lead over Princeton while Cal and Washington battled for the third place position.

The Bears increased their intensity even more in the last 500 meters and came away with a full length win in front of Cal, who overtook Princeton for second place. Brown's time of 6:33.0 was the fastest time recorded in both semifinal heats, in fact over three seconds faster then any other team. In third was Princeton while Washington finished fourth. Defending champion Harvard was fifth and Tennessee was sixth.

In the varsity four repechage, Brown timed in at 7:33.0. The Bears were in control from the start, taking a full length lead at one point. Yale came on strong at the end but Brown was able to hold the Bulldogs off, edging them out by about one seat. Finishing third behind Yale was Michigan State while Wisconsin was fourth and Washington State was fifth.

To top off the day, Brown's pair entry of junior Megan Wachs (stroke) and freshman Elizabeth Fison (bow) easily won its race. The pair races do not count in the official scoring of the Championships however.

Brown will face Princeton, Cal, Yale, Michigan and Ohio State in the varsity eight grand final race tomorrow. The Bears will be racing in seeded lane three. Race time is set for 12:00 p.m. pacific time, the final race of the Championships.

The second varsity eight final, set to begin at 11:15 a.m. pacific time, will pit the Bears against Yale, Washington State, Washington, Cal and Michigan. Brown will be in seeded lane four for that race.

The varsity four grand final will feature Brown, Yale, Virginia, Ohio State, Washington and Cal. It will be Brown's first race of the day, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The Bears will occupy lane five in that race.

Varsity Four Repechage One Results
1-Brown-7:33.0

2-Yale-7:34.0
3-Michigan State-7:36.2
4-Wisconsin-7:36.8
5-Washington State-7:47.5

Varsity Eight Semifinal Two Results
1-Brown-6:33.0

2-Cal-6:36.4
3-Princeton-6:3
4-Washington-6:37.1
5-Harvard-6:41.8
6-Tennessee-6:48.5