LAKE NATOMA, Calif. – Brown held off a late charge by Stanford in the final race of the day to capture the team title at the 2011 NCAA Championships on Sunday afternoon.
In the varsity eight grand final Princeton captured the title in a time of 6 minutes, 27.12 seconds. The Tigers led wire-to-wire as it won the varsity eight national title for the second time, the first coming in 2006. While Princeton won the race, the battle for second determined the national championship. With Stanford closing the gap on Brown in the final 100 meters, the Bears crossed the line in 6:28.62, just five-hundredths ahead of Stanford.
That margin of victory was the difference as the two teams tied for the team championships with 85 points each. The tiebreaker to determine the national championship was the higher finish in the varsity eight race, giving Brown its seventh national title and third in the past five years.
California, which held a slim lead in the team race entering the grand final, finished fourth in the race and third in the team championship. Princeton finished fourth in the team standings, followed by Southern California, Virginia, Michigan State, Washington, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Yale was 11th, with Washington State, Michigan, Harvard, Clemson and Dartmouth rounding out the field.
The Division I second varsity eight grand final was captured by Stanford, which led wire-to-wire and finished in a time of 6:26.76, more than two seconds ahead of Brown. California finished third, followed by Ohio State, Virginia and Southern California. Washington captured the petite final of the second varsity eights, edging Michigan State for the victory. Princeton was third, ahead of Washington State, Michigan, Yale and Wisconsin. In the third final Clemson erased a nearly three-second deficit in the final 500 meters, but it was Dartmouth holding on for the victory in a time of 6:34.34, .46 seconds ahead of Clemson. Harvard finished third in the race, seven seconds back.
The Division I fours title went to California, which used a strong second 500 meters to pull past Virginia and never relinquish its lead. The Golden Bears came across in 7:09.60, ahead of Virginia, Southern California, Washington, Wisconsin and Stanford. In the petite final Brown came from third place at the 1,000-meter mark to edge Ohio State for the victory. Princeton, Washington State, Michigan and Yale rounded out the field. Michigan State captured the third final by more than four seconds against Harvard, followed by Clemson and Dartmouth.
In the Division II varsity fours final, Western Washington captured the title by coming across the finish line in a time of 7:50.72 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of Humboldt State. Mercyhurst finished third in the three-team race. In the varsity eights, Western Washington captured the grand final in a time of 6:50.46, finishing ahead of Mercyhurst, Humboldt State and Nova Southeastern. It was the Vikings’ sixth varsity eights title in the past seven years and secured the team title, extending their championship reign to seven years. Mercyhurst finished second in the team standings, followed by Humboldt State and Nova Southeastern.