Portions courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and
Harvard Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Peter Bick Photography
INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2014 NCAA Women's Rowing
Championships closed with Brown, Princeton and Harvard (Radcliffe)
finishing among the nation's top 13 crews following three,
action-packed days of racing at Eagle Creek Park.
Brown with its best finish since 2011 finished third with 116 points, Princeton placed sixth with 106 points and Harvard finished in 13th with 62 points. Ohio State claimed its second-straight title with 126 points and California came in second with 118 points. The Ivy League has had at least two teams finish in the top 10 in all 18 national championship regattas.
The premiere race of the day -- first varsity eight grand final -- featured Brown putting forth a gutsy effort to finish second and seal its top three finish. After falling over 15 seconds off the lead through the 1,000-meter mark, the Bears surged for an incredible 1:28.720 split over the home stretch to cross the line in 6:48.471. Ohio State took first in 6:44.476, securing championship gold.
In the V8 petite final, Princeton showed the speed it did in winning the Ivy title in course record time. The Tigers blistered the field, finishing in 6:51.785, which was just under four seconds faster than second-place Virginia.
Brown and Princeton faced formidable foes in California, Ohio State, Stanford and Virginia the second varsity eight grand final. The Tigers battled the Buckeyes through the first 1,000 meters, trailing by only a half of a second. Ohio State flexed its muscle through the final 500 meters in 1:44.084 to seize first place in 6:59.434 with Princeton second in 7:02.028. Brown finished sixth in 7:09.554.
In the 2V8 petite final, Harvard suffered a damaged skeg in the early going and veered off course a pair of times, including once in the initial 500-meter stretch. Faced with the tall order of steering without a crucial piece, the Black and White managed to pick up speed in the final leg, eventually stopping the clock at 7:32.275.
The varsity four races saw Brown finish fourth (7:47.978) in the grand final, Princeton finish in fifth (8:07.045) in the petite final and Harvard place fifth (7:48.064) in the C final.