August 16, 2013

Brown University and Trinity College Win the 2013 ECAC Rowing Trophies

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that Brown University and Trinity College have been awarded the 2013 ECAC Rowing Trophies. Representatives from each institution will be recognized at the 2013 Honors Dinner held in conjunction with the 25th Annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show that will be held September 29-October 1 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass. The Honors Dinner is on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm.

The ECAC Rowing Trophy is given annually to the ECAC College or University men’s and women’s rowing programs that best demonstrate the core values of the ECAC, (tradition, diversity and service), along with success at the premier Eastern Regattas. The regattas are the Division I Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints and Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges Sprints and the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship. The trophy is awarded based on a points average for the finish of the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and novice eight entrees in the EARC Heavyweight and NIRC Men’s and Women’s Heavyweight regattas. Points in the EAWRC Heavyweight regattas are compiled based on results from the varsity, second varsity and varsity four results.

The Bears captured their first ECAC Rowing Trophy since 2009 and fourth overall after a dominating performance at the 2013 Eastern Regattas. On the men’s side, Brown took first place in the second varsity eight and second place in both the varsity eight and the novice eight races. The Lady Bears earned victories in the second varsity eight and the varsity four while finishing second in the varsity eight.

“Brown Athletics is honored to have its men’s and women’s rowing teams recognized with the ECAC Rowing Trophy,” said Jack Hayes, Brown University’s Director of Athletics.  “Under the leadership of coaches John and Phoebe Murphy, the Brown women’s crew is the most successful rowing program in the nation with seven NCAA Championships. Brown’s men’s team has been rowing for over 150 years, and coach Paul Cooke has provided the leadership for our program to excel on the league and national level. Our student-athletes should be commended for outstanding rowing at the ECAC Championships and for representing Brown University with distinction.”

Trinity collected its third ECAC Rowing Trophy, second in four years, after placing in the top four in all six of the NIRC races. The men’s varsity eight, second varsity eight and the women’s novice eight placed fourth at the regatta. The women’s second varsity eight and men’s novice eight secured second place finishes and the women’s novice eight boat was the first place finisher.

“It is a great honor to receive the 2013 ECAC Rowing Trophy.  Our program aims to produce crews each year capable of competing with the best teams in the country.  The student-athletes from the Men’s and Women’s programs performed at an exceptionally high level in 2013 and the coaches are very proud of their effort.”

With its fourth ECAC Rowing Trophy, Brown has won more ECAC Rowing Trophies than any other institution. The Bears won three consecutive ECAC Rowing Trophies from 2007 to 2009. Trinity is a close second with three ECAC Rowing Trophies, as it adds to its wins in 2010 and 2006. Previous winners of the ECAC Rowing Trophy also include Harvard University (2002, 2004), Princeton University (2003, 2005) and Williams College (2011, 2012).