Washington is Runner-Up, Cal Places Third, at NCAA Women's Rowing Championships

June 2, 2008

From NCAA.org

Gold River, CA - The Brown women's crew, the most successful crew in NCAA Division I Women's Rowing history, defended its NCAA Championship title by rowing to an emotional victory at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship on a sparkling day on Lake Natoma, near Sacramento, California, earning its sixth NCAA team title.

Coach John Murphy's women's crew has now won six national championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and has placed in the top three in every NCAA Championship, a claim that no other team can make.

Brown, who won back-to-back NCAA titles for the first time since 1999 and 2000, claimed the team title by garnering 67 points overall, outdistancing Washington (59), Cal (53), Yale (51) and Virginia (47).

'This is a group who really likes to race,' said Murphy. 'Each of our six NCAA Champion crews is unique. I can't say enough about the determination of this team, and their hard work and dedication made them national champions.'

The NCAA Rowing Championship usually comes down to the battle for the varsity eight Championship. This year didn't disappoint.

Brown held a slight two point lead on WASHINGTON heading into the varsity eight grand final, a six point advantage over Virginia and an 11 point margin over CAL. It's usually the battle of the Bears at the NCAA Championship with the Brown Bears and Cal Bears each winning two national titles in the last four years. Brown and Cal actually tied for the team championship in 2006, but Cal won the tiebreaker.

The Bears' varsity eight knew what it need to do, and finished third in the grand finals, giving Brown 67 points for the championship and vaulting the crew into the national team championship. Brown rowed in 6:35.25, and was narrowly edged by Yale (6:34.05) and STANFORD (6:34.95) in the final race of the day. Stanford set the pace for the majority of the race with Brown taking over second place with 500 meters remaining.

Washington opened the racing with a commanding victory in the varsity four competition, earning the title in 7:24.84. Virginia finished second in 7:26.49, and Brown was third with a time of 7:30.00.

Brown's second varsity eight raced to a first place finish in a time of 6:42.42, winning the gold medal by more than two seconds over Ohio State, who rowed in 6:44.87, and Washington, who came in at 6:48.41.

2008 NCAA Rowing ChampionshipFinal Team Standings1. BROWN 672. Washington 593. Cal  534. Yale  515. Virginia 476. Michigan St. 387. Ohio State 348. Washington St. 309. Harvard 2610. Wisconsin 2511. Tennessee 2112. Princeton  17

Fours Grand FinalsWashington 7:24.84Virginia 7:26.49Brown 7:30.00Cal 7:33.41Michigan St. 7:34.56Yale 7:42.03

Second Varsity Grand FinalsBrown 6:42.42Ohio State 6:44.87Washington 6:48.41Virginia 6:49.88Tennessee 6:51.60Cal 6:52.15

Varsity Grand FinalsYale 6:34.05Stanford 6:34.95Brown 6:35.25Cal 6:35.21Washington 6:38.21Michigan St. 6:40.26

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