June 3, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Brown rowed to its third NCAA team title in four years with a total effort at the 2002 Women's Rowing Championships on the Eagle Creek Reservoir.
The Bears placed first in the varsity four grand finals and finished second in both the varsity and second-varsity eight grand finals. Brown scored 67 overall points to 63 for the University of Washington, the defending national champion.
Brown was the only team to qualify all of its crews for Sunday's grand finals, which gave the Bears an edge heading into the final day of this three-day event. But it was the victory of Lee Reynolds (Cincinnati, OH), Diane Schneider (Saratoga, CA), Meaghan Kelly (Milton, MA), Megan Wachs (Elkridge, MD) and coxswain Alex Agloro (San Francisco, CA) in varsity four, that gave Brown a lead which Washington, even with its victories in varsity and second-varsity eights, was unable to overcome.
The Brown second varsity led a good part of the way, but Washington kept itself in contention with a come-from-behind victory.
Heading into the varsity eights grand final, Washington could still have taken the team title if they won the race and Brown finished fourth or lower. Third-place Cal Berkeley and fourth-place Ohio State both pressed the Bears hard, but the Brown varsity eight hung tough and beat Cal by just over a deck length with Ohio State a seat further back.
"Everybody knew what had to be done and they went out and raced really hard and we're proud of them," said Murphy. "I'm sure the varsity and second varsity are somewhat disappointed that they didn't beat Washington, but they're happy with this team championship and the national championship."
Brown also won NCAA titles in 1999 and 2000. In the six years of the NCAA women's rowing championships the only two teams to win titles have been Brown and Washington with three apiece.
Grand-final times and team totals: Varsity fours: Brown 7:42.24; Virginia 7:44.90; Yale 7:46.80; Michigan 7:47.61; Michigan State 7:48.57; Radcliffe 7:49.43. Second-varsity eights: Washington 6:46.39; Brown 6:48.18; Virginia 6:49.43; Michigan State 6:50.86; Michigan 6:54.51; Yale 6:56.78. Varsity eights: Washington 6:36.41; Brown 6:39.87; Cal-Berkeley 6:40.96; Ohio State 6:41.11; Princeton 6:44.54; Stanford 6:52.53.
Team totals: Brown 67; Washington 63; Cal-Berkeley 44; Virginia 43; Ohio State 42; Yale 42; Princeton 40; Michigan 40; Michigan State 29; Stanford 26; Radcliffe