San Diego, CA – Racing against some of the top competition from around the country on Sunday afternoon, the Brown men’s crew opened its season with an impressive second place finish in the varsity eight at the San Diego Crew Classic, taking the Michalson Cup against Boston University in the process. The Bears easily took the silver, finishing well ahead of the rest of the field in 5:53.63, though they couldn’t reel in Cal, which won the event in 5:49.50.
In qualifying action on Saturday, Brown showed that it was already in mid-season form, easily winning its heat with a time of 6:00.10, well ahead of Northeastern in second. Bruno then gave a look at its true potential in the finals, shaving an additional seven seconds off the qualifying time to row 5:53.63. Syracuse finished third in 5:56.22, with Boston University, Northeastern, and Stanford rounding out the remainder of the entries in the grand final.
By finishing higher than Boston U., Brown also won the 2010 Michalson Cup. Originally slated to take place next weekend, the coaching staffs agreed to use the order of finish in San Diego to determine this year’s champion.
Brown’s second varsity eight was also in action in San Diego, finishing equally well with a second place in the grand final of the Sharp Cabrillo Cup. The second eight’s path to the final was similar to the varsity eight’s, as the Bears won their qualifying heat in 6:19.00, an impressive nine seconds ahead of Stanford in second. In the finals, Cal again rowed to first in 6:01.60, a time that would have put the Golden Bears sixth in the varsity race, but Brown was close behind, crossing the line in 6:05.67. The remainder of the field trailed well behind, as Boston University took third in 6:10.47, while Stanford, Orange Coast, and Trinity rounded out the field.
Back in Providence, the remainder of the Brown and Boston University squads squared off on the Seekonk River on Saturday evening. In the third varsity eight race, the Bears took another win, getting both Bruno boats across the line in front of the Terriers. Brown’s third eight won with a time of 6:48.9, while a mixed boat of freshmen and varsity four rowers finished second in 7:09.8. Boston’s third eight crossed the line in 7:13.1 to place third. The Terriers did pick up a win in the freshman eight though, knocking off Brown with a time of 6:49.8, edging the Bears’ 6:58.0.
Brown will be back in action next weekend, when the Bears open their Ivy League season at Yale on April 3.