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Exciting Day of Racing Sends Four Boats to Grand Finals at NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

Exciting Day of Racing Sends Four Boats to Grand Finals at NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

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Portions courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Peter Bick Photography

INDIANAPOLIS -- An exciting second day of racing propelled four Ivy League boats to Sunday's grand finals at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.

Brown is one of three teams, along with Stanford and California, to send all three of its boats to the grand final. Princeton joins Brown in the second varsity eight grand final, while the Tigers' first varsity eight and varsity four are set to compete in the petite final. Harvard also has its two eights in the petite final with its varsity four slated to row in the third-level final.

The race of the day was the first varsity eight A/B semifinals where the top four boats crossed within half a second of each other in a photo finish. Top-ranked Stanford held on just long enough to fend off Brown, posting a time of 6:30.061 to outpace Brown by a mere .047 seconds. Proving to be the most consistent crew of the race, Brown posted 500-meter splits of 1:37.210, 1:37.983 and 1:37.736, moving from fourth place over the first 500 meters to contend for the victory. Princeton leapt ahead from the start with a blistering 1:35.271 split to lead just ahead of Michigan, but the Wolverines overtook the Tigers in the final stretch to place third and join Brown and Stanford in tomorrow’s grand final.

"That’s the goal of Brown women’s crew every year: to win NCAAs," said Brown senior co-captain and varsity eight stroke seat Louise Breen after leading her boat to second place in the semifinals. "It’s a very exciting opportunity and we look forward to having some very good competition tomorrow."

Sunday's schedule at Eagle Creek Park get underway at 8:30 a.m. with the Division I C/D finals in the varsity four. The second varsity eight races begin at 10:20 a.m. and the first varsity eight races begin at 10:40.