No. 10 Women's Crew Ready for 2018 Ivy League Championship

No. 10 Women's Crew Ready for 2018 Ivy League Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 10 Brown University women's crew will seek its 10th overall Ivy League title and second in the last four years when the Bears take to Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., for the 2018 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship on Sunday with heats beginning at 8:00 a.m.

FOLLOW THE BEARS
Live Media: Results | Video
Ivy League: Championship Central | Schedule/Lane Assignments
Venue: Cooper River Park Sunday Schedule
On Twitter: @BrownWRowing | @BrownAthletics
On Instagram: brownwrowing | brownathletics
In the Polls: CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll | Regional Rankings
Via Hashtag: #GoBruno, #OneIvy 

BROWN SCHEDULE
Heats
8:10 a.m. – First Varsity Eight – Heat 2, Lane 3
8:20 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight – Heat 1, Lane 3
8:40 a.m. – A Varsity Four – Heat 1, Lane 3
9:10 a.m. – B Varsity Four – Heat 2, Lane 3 

Petite Finals
2:30 p.m. – B Varsity Four*
3:15 p.m. – A Varsity Four*
3:45 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight*
4:15 p.m. – First Varsity Eight*

Grand Finals
2:00 p.m. – Third Varsity Eight – Lane 4
2:15 p.m. – C Varsity Four – Lane 3
2:45 p.m. – B Varsity Four*
3:30 p.m. – A Varsity Four*
4:00 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight*
4:30 p.m. – First Varsity Eight*

* lane assignments pending results of morning heats

DETERMINING A CHAMPION
The Ivy League champion in women's rowing is determined by the fastest boat in the first varsity eight grand final at the Ivy League Championship, an event that began in the spring of 2012. Previously, the Ivy League champion was determined by the fastest Ivy boat in the first varsity eight grand final at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Sprints from 1974 to 2011.

The winning varsity eight boat gives the team the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, allowing that team's first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four automatic entry to the national championship. The NCAA Championship provides for 11 automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large bids. 

BRUNO AT THE IVY CHAMPIONSHIP
Brown has claimed nine Ivy titles all time with the first coming in 1988 and the most recent occurring in 2015. The Bears took home the championship in 1988, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2015.

The Bears have won the team trophy at the Ivy Championship in each of the last four years and claimed the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy for winning the first varsity eight race in 2015. Brown has captured the second varsity eight race in each of the last five seasons.

Brown Women's Crew All-Time Ivy Championship Results
Year Team 1V8 2V8 3V8 AV4 BV4 CV4
2012 5th 5th 2nd 2nd 5th -- --
2013 3rd 6th 1st -- 1st 1st 1st
2014 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 4th
2015 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 6th
2016 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
2017 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 4th 1st

LAST TIME OUT
No. 11 Brown swept the NCAA races – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and A varsity four – from No. 6 Yale University in its only home race of the year on Tuesday, May 1 on the Seekonk River.

In the final race before the Ivy League Championship for both programs, the Bears reclaimed the Nat & Anne Case Cup, taking the cup for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Yale gained victories in the B varsity four and third varsity eight to close the day. 

IN THE POLLS
In the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, Brown checks in at No. 10 in between No. 9 Yale and No. 11 Princeton. No. 16 Radcliffe and No. 19 Penn stand as the other Ivy League programs in the poll. No. 1 Washington, No. 2 California, and No. 3 Texas top the poll while No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Virginia, and No. 8 Iowa round out the top 10.

In the NCAA's Region 1 Rankings, Brown stands first as a team, first in the second varsity eight, first in the varsity four, and second in the first varsity eight. Princeton tops the poll in the first varsity eight and sits in second in the team category while Yale ranks second in the second varsity eight and varsity four. 

THE BEARS IN THE REGULAR SEASON
During the regular season, Brown's first varsity eight posted a 9-6 overall record, a 3-1 Ivy mark, and a 2-6 record vs. ranked opponents. The Bears' second varsity eight went 11-4 overall, 4-0 against Ivies, and 4-4 against ranked programs. Brown's A varsity four finished the regular season 12-3 overall, 4-0 vs. Ivies, and 5-3 against ranked teams.

The Bears' B varsity four registered a 6-5 overall record, 2-2 Ivy mark, and 1-5 record vs. ranked foes. Brown's third varsity eight went 3-1 overall, 2-1 vs. Ivies, and 2-1 vs. ranked opponents, and the C varsity four beat Cornell in its only race against a C four. 

POINT BREAKDOWN
The Ivy League determines the team points trophy through a points system which weighs each of the day's races. The system places an emphasis on the three NCAA events – the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and A varsity four.

2018 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Points System
Place 1V8 2V8 3V8 AV4 BV4 CV4
1 32 24 8 16 8 8
2 28 21 7 14 7 7
3 24 18 6 12 6 6
4 20 15 5 10 5 5
5 16 12 4 8 4 4
6 12 9 3 6 3 3
7 8 6 2 4 2 2
8 4 3 1 2 1 1

SEEDING
All six of Brown's boats check in as either the first or second seed in their respective races. The Bears' second varsity eight, A varsity four, and C varsity four rank as No. 1 seeds while the program's first varsity eight, B varsity four, and third varsity eight enter the weekend as No. 2 seeds.

2018 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship Seeding
Seed 1V8 2V8 AV4 BV4 3V8 CV4
1 PRIN BRWN BRWN YAL YAL BRWN
2 BRWN YAL YAL BRWN BRWN COL
3 YAL PRIN PRIN PRIN DART CORN
4 RAD RAD RAD CORN PRIN PRIN
5 DART DART PENN DART COL RAD
6 PENN PENN CORN PENN RAD --
7 COL CORN DART RAD -- --
8 CORN COL COL COL -- --

ON THE HORIZON
Pending their selection as an automatic or at-large qualifier, the Bears will look to compete in the NCAA Championships for the 22nd consecutive season. Brown, Princeton, and Washington stand as the only three programs to compete at all previous 21 NCAA Championships.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships will take place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., from May 25-27 with the University of Central Florida acting as the host. The NCAA will air the selection show for the event on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.