Providence, RI - Brown's varsity eight rowed an impressive 5:41.5 on Saturday evening to win an important early season test against a potential national contender in Harvard on the Seekonk River. The Crimson nearly matched Brown, crossing the line in 5:42.5, but the Bears came up with the final push to take home the 2010 Stein Cup.
The evening's action started with the fourth varsity eight, which Harvard won to grab the early momentum, rowing the course in 6:14.2 to take about half a length over Brown's 6:19.1. That was followed by Brown's first victory of the day in the third varsity eight, as the two crews came in separated by just a few seats at 5:56.5 and 5:59.7 respectively.
In the freshman eight, Harvard took its biggest win of the day, rowing an impressive 5:53.9, faster than its second varsity, to edge Brown's 6:06.2. The Bears regained their flow in the final two events, however, sweeping both the first and second varsity eights.
In the second eight, Bruno took a solid two-second victory over the Crimson, as the crews came in at 5:51.9 and 5:54.0 to set up the varsity eight dual for the Stein Cup. There, Brown came away with a three-seat victory, holding off a final surge from Harvard to take the 2010 race.
"I thought that both teams rowed very impressive races, and represented themselves and their teams very well," head coach Paul Cooke said.