Brown Women Finish 5th In Rowing Nationals

Brown Finishes Fifth At NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship

Gold River, CA – A first place finish by its second varsity eight vaulted the Brown women's crew to a fifth place finish overall at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship, help on Lake Natona, outside of Sacramento, California.

Coach John Murphy's women's crew is recognized as the quintessential women's rowing program in the history of NCAA racing.  With their fifth place finish today, the Bears have placed in the top five all 14 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, winning six NCAA titles and finishing second three more times.

Virginia captured the NCAA team title with 87 points, followed by Cal with 82 points, Princeton with 76 points, Stanford with 75 points, Brown with 71 points, Wisconsin with 66 points and Southern California with 52 points.

Brown captured the gold medal in the second varsity eight with a spectacular performance, leading wire-to-wire.  The Bears' first place finish in the grand finals came in an extremely fast time of 6:25.30, far outdistancing second place Stanford, who rowed in 6:29.91.  The victory was built in the second 500-meters, where the Bears rowed in 1:36.89, picking up three seconds on second the second place Cardinal.

Brown's second varsity eight featured senior Anna Vresilovic, freshman Ali Mittelberger, junior Casey Kelsey, senior Sarah Huebscher, senior Hannah Malvin, junior Catherine borders, sophomore Allison Courtin, senior Corlis Gross and junior coxswain Ellie Smith.

The Bears put up a strong battle in the varsity eight petite finals, rowing in 6:32.60 to finish second to Michigan State, who rowed in 6:28.53.  The Bears placed second ahead of UCLA, Wisconsin, Washington and Michigan.

Rowing in the varsity eight was sophomore Beatrice Sims, sophomore Laura McClellan, sophomore Kate Rand, junior Tessie Allan, Senior Sarah Palomo, senior Nicole McDonald, junior Lauren Libfraind, junior Hope Richardson and senior coxswain Rebecca Fein.

Brown's varsity four opened the rowing with a fifth place finish, rowing in 7:17.86.  The Bears got off to a slow start, but finished in a fast 1:47.47 in the final 500 meters to edge Washington for fifth place.  Virginia captured the title by rowing in 7:07.92.

Rowing for Brown's varsity fours was senior Tessa Gobbo, junior Annie Hooper, sophomore Lawren Kieffer, junior Lauren Meyer and sophomore coxswain Liz Hutsell.

NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship – May 30, 2010

Final Team Championship
1.    Virginia    87
2.    Cal        82
3.    Princeton    76
4.    Stanford    75
5.    Brown      71
6.    Yale        66
7.    Wisconsin    55
8.    So. Cal    51
9.    Michigan St.    43
10.    Washington    43
    Michigan    43

Varsity Fours – Grand Finals
1.    Virginia        7:07.92
2.    California        7:12.55
3.    Wisconsin        7:13.14
4.    USC        7:14.57
5.    Brown          7:17.86
6.    Washington    7:19.02

Second Varsity Eight – Grand Finals
1.    Brown      6:25.72    
2.    Stanford    6:30.72    
3.    California    6:31.96    
4.    Virginia    6:35.94
5.    Princeton    6:37.74
6.    Michigan    6:40.34

Varsity Eight – Petite Finals
1.    Michigan State    6:28.33
2.    Brown                 6:32.60
3.    UCLA            6:33.72
4.    Wisconsin        6:34.22
5.    Washington        6:35.86
6.    Michigan        6:36.58