May 30, 2008
Gold River, CA - The defending National Champion Brown women's crew took care of business on the first day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, CA, with its varsity eight winning the morning heat by rowing the fastest time of the day to advance to the semifinals, and its second varsity eight winning its heat to earn a berth into Sunday's Grand Finals. The Bears' fours placed third in their heat and will have an opportunity to get to the finals with a repechage on Saturday.
Coach John Murphy's second ranked varsity eight established an early standard for the entire field by rowing in a time of 6:23.12, winning its heat by more than two seconds over Stanford (6:25.68), followed by Washington (6:26.85). The top three finishers in each of the three heats qualified for Saturday morning's semifinals, with heat one at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) and heat two at 8:15 a.m.
Joining the Bears in Saturday's varsity eight semifinals are Cal (6:23.79), Virginia (6:24.95), Yale (6:25.60), Michigan State (6:27.25, Tennessee (6:30.69), and Southern Cal (6:33.40).
In the second varsity eight, Brown had control of its heat from the mid-point on, earning a first place finish in a time of 6:44.4, rowing ahead of Washington (6:47.1) and Virginia (6:49.2). By winning the heat, the Bears to advance directly to Sunday's Grand Finals at 10:45 a.m.
Brown placed third in the hotly contested fours heat, rowing in 7:34.2 to finish behind Virginia (7:27.0) and Michigan State (7:31.8). The Bears will row in the Division I Fours repechage Saturday morning, in either heat one (9:00 a.m.) or heat 2 (9:15 a.m.), giving the Brown fours an opportunity to reach the Grand Finals.
Varsity Eight (Heat #2) Brown 6:23.12 Stanford 6:25.68 Washington 6:26.85 Michigan 6:31.93 Clemson 6:41.59
Second Varsity Eight (Heat #2) Brown 6:44.4 Washington 6:47.1 Virginia 6:49.2
Fours (Heat #1) Virginia 7:27.00 Michigan St. 7:31.80 Brown 7:34.20