#8 Women's Crew Looks To Defend EAWRC Sprints Team Title On Sunday

May 12, 2005

With three of its boats ranked number one in the final EAWRC seedings poll, the Brown women's crew will look to defend its EAWRC Sprints Team Title this Sunday on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ. The Bears' second varsity eight, novice eight and third varsity four have all been ranked number one in the EAWRC Coaches Poll all season long and will look to row their way to gold on Sunday. Brown's varsity eight closed out the regular season 6-4 and go into the Sprints with a fourth place seeding and eighth place ranking in the nation.

The Bears' varsity eight will face 15th seeded George Washington, ninth seeded Cornell, third seeded Radcliffe, tenth seeded Dartmouth and 16th Georgetown in its morning heat. The top two finishers from each heat will advance on to the grand final while the third and fourth place finishers will qualify for the petite final. The last place crew will compete in the third level final. Brown went 1-1 against the opposition in its heat during the regular season, dropping its race against the Crimson before defeating Cornell. Favored to win in the other two varsity eight heats are top seeded Princeton and second seeded Yale.

With only one regular season loss, the second varsity eight is in good position to repeat as gold medalists at this year's Sprints. The crew went 10-1 during the regular season with its lone loss coming to Ohio State, which went on to win the Big Ten 2V Title. The Bears will face sixth seeded Northeastern, seventh seeded Penn, 12th seeded Rutgers and 13th seeded Dartmouth in their morning heat. Brown easily defeated its toughest competition in the heat, Northeastern, by over 18 seconds during the regular season.

The novice eight, which went undefeated during the regular season, posting a 10-0 record, is heavily favored to win its morning heat on Sunday. The Bears will line-up against sixth seeded Rutgers, seventh seeded Yale, 12th seeded Syracuse and 13th seeded George Washington. During the regular season, Brown posted wins over both Rutgers and Yale.

Brown's top-seeded third varsity four "a" will row against sixth seeded Cornell, seventh seeded Boston University, 12th seeded Dartmouth and 13th seeded Columbia in its heat. Also competing will be the Bears' third varsity four "b", which also received a top-seeding in its heat with Penn, Syrcause, Rutgers and Boston College.

The Bears have also entered a novice four boat, which also earned a number one seeding for its heat with two of Radcliffe's boats and Columbia's "B" boat.

After the morning heats, an Alumnaue Race will be held before the finals begin to launch in the afternoon. The Bears will race in the top-seeded lane three while Princeton will row in lane one, Yale in lane two, Rutgers in lane four, Radcliffe in lane five and Georgetown in lane six.

The finals will run from 2:00 p.m. through 4:45 p.m. with the Charles Willing Jr. Team Trophy being presented to the team that has the best record at the Awards Dock following the last race.

For a complete schedule with heat sheets for the 2005 EAWRC Sprints click here.

To get updated results throughout the day on Sunday please visit Row2k.com

2005 EAWRC Sprints Schedule
Morning Heats
Novice Eight Heat-8:00 a.m.
Second Varsity Eight Heat-8:30 a.m.
Varsity Eight Heat-9:30 a.m.
Third Varsity Four "A" Heat-10:00 a.m.
Third Varsity Four "B" Heat-10:30 a.m.
Novice Four Heat-11:00 a.m.
Alumnae Race-1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Finals
Third Varsity Four "B" Petite Final-2:05 p.m.
Third Varsity Four "B" Grand Final-2:15 p.m.

Novice Four Petite Final-2:25 p.m.
Novice Four Grand Final-2:35 p.m.

Third Varsity Four "A" Third Level Final-2:50 p.m.
Third Varsity Four "A" Petite Final-3:00 p.m.
Third Varsity Four "A" Grand Final-3:10 p.m.

Novice Eight Third Level Final-3:15 p.m.
Novice Eight Petite Final-3:25 p.m.
Novice Eight Grand Final-3:35 p.m.

Second Varsity Eight Third Level Final-3:50 p.m.
Second Varsity Eight Petite Final-4:00 p.m.
Second Varsity Eight Grand Final-4:10 p.m.

Varsity Eight Third Level Final-4:25 p.m.
Varsity Eight Petite Final-4:35 p.m.
Varsity Eight Grand Final-4:45 p.m.

Directions To Cooper River
From the NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 4 to Route 73 North heading toward Philadelphia. Take left onto Route 38 West, then exit south on Cuthbert Blvd., just beyond exit tto Rte. 70 is North Park Blvd. and the race course.

From I-95 and Philadelphia: Go over Ben Franklin Bridge on 676 (US 30). Continue on HWY 38 heading east for 0.6 miles. Bear right on US 70 heading east for 1.1 miles to N Park Blvd.

From I-295 in New Jersey (runs parallel to NJ Turnpike): Take Route 70 West; Head south on Cuthbert Blvd. to North Park Blvd. and take right to parking area.