Worcester, MA - The Bears competed at the EARC Sprints in Worcester on Sunday, placing third in the varsity eight behind only Harvard and Princeton. By virtue of being the first Ivy crew to finish, Harvard also takes the 2010 Ivy League Championship. Brown had its highest finish of the day in the second varsity, picking up the win in a very impressive field.
In the morning heats, Brown's varsity eight took second in the prelims, finishing just a second behind Dartmouth, which shocked the field by rowing its best race of the season to advance to the grand finals. The Bears also advanced to the top final though, where the eight returned to form, competing for the top spot throughout the 2000 meter race. Harvard proved to be in peak condition, winning the event with a time of 5:33, followed closely by Princeton in 5:35.5 and Brown in third at 5:36.9 for the bronze.
In the second varsity eight, the Bears proved to be the class of the field, beating Northeastern by three second in the morning heats to earn top billing in the grand finals. Brown then followed that in the afternoon with a terrific row, winning the finals in 5:36.3, holding off a surprising Cornell crew, which finished second in 5:38.6.
Brown's freshman eight took fourth in the heats, as the Bears rowed a solid 5:57, but were edged by several very competitive crews, moving them into the petite finals. In the afternoon though, the Bears had one of the biggest turnarounds of the day, improving their time to 5:49.5 to take second in the finals, behind only Wisconsin.
Brown also had solid performances from both the third and fourth varsity eights, as each boat took second in its event in finals-only racing. The third varsity pulled a 5:43.3 to take the silver, as only Wisconsin crossed the line in front of the Bears. In the fourth varsity, Brown was similarly impressive, rowing a 6:09 to take second behind Harvard.
The Bears will be back in action in early June, as Brown will travel to Camden, New Jersey, to compete in the IRA National Championship Regatta.