Brown Paces First Day at NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Portions courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League enjoyed a successful first day at the 2014 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships as all one boat from Brown, Princeton and Harvard (Radcliffe) advanced to Saturday's A/B semifinals.
Brown moved one step closer to an eighth national championship as the Bears took first place in all three of its opening heats. The Bears' fourth-seeded varsity eight kicked off the competition in the fourth heat and outpaced the competition with a time of 6:20.134. Brown prevailed as the top seed in the second varsity eight, defeating Michigan, San Diego, Washington and Wisconsin. Brown's top-seeded varsity four battled neck-and-neck with Southern California to a thrilling victory by a mere one-third of a second at 7:14.103.
Princeton opened with both of its varsity eights making through to the top semifinal round after the morning heats. The Ivy League champion varsity eight finished second just under six seconds behind California in 6:25.482, and near, but nearly six seconds ahead of UCLA. The Tigers' second varsity eight, which went undefeated during the regular season and earned bronze at the Ivy League Championship, also advanced with a second-place finish of its heat own, coming in behind Stanford and topping Notre Dame by more than six seconds to advance.
Princeton's varsity four needed a repechage row in the afternoon after placing fourth in its morning heat. The Tigers shaved over three seconds off their morning time to cross the line second behind Indiana in 7:27.095 and seal a spot in the A/B semifinal.
All three of Harvard's boats had to race twice on Friday but the Crimson's varsity eights showed resiliency in its afternoon races to secure spots in the top-level semifinal heats. Harvard's first varsity eight put on a tremendous sprint late to the finish to take second in 6:31.193 behind Southern California's 6:30.511, while its second varsity eight stormed out to take the top spot in the first repechage in 6:42.265 and earn a spot in the semifinals.
Harvard's varsity four, which finished fourth in its morning heat, had the unfortunate task of dealing with Ohio State in its afternoon repechage heat in the afternoon, after the Buckeyes were felled by a damaged rudder in their morning race. The Black & White made its way to the C/D semifinals with a sixth-place finish (7:38.733) behind Ohio State, Michigan, Washington State, Louisville and San Diego.
Saturday's Division I races at Eagle Creek Park begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first varsity eight races, followed by the second varsity races getting underway at 9:10 a.m. and the varsity four races hitting the water at 9:50 a.m.