April 9, 2011

Brown Men’s Crew Falls at Harvard

Cambridge, Mass.— Ivy League rival Harvard captured all five races from Brown, reclaiming the Stein Cup Saturday morning on the Charles River. Brown was the only team to hand the Crimson a varsity dual loss of last season.

The third-ranked Crimson (2-0) defeated the seventh-ranked Bears (1-2) by about six seats in a hard-fought varsity race that was typical of the rivalry between the last two Eastern champions. Harvard's second varsity and freshman eights were also victorious.

"It was a really good day of racing," said head coach Paul Cooke. "We weren't disappointed with our performance, but we hope to find some more speed as we continue to train and race."

A week after racing in a treacherous headwind on the Charles, the Crimson and Bears were treated to sunny skies and calm waters as the varsity eights lined up for the opening race. Harvard jumped out to a lead in the early going and built an advantage of about a boat length in the second 500 meters.

Brown, however, pulled hard through the midway point of the race and cut a couple seats off the margin by the time the boats emerged from the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. The Bears stayed with the Crimson the rest of the way but could not get much closer, and Harvard won by 2.6 seconds in 5:55.2.

"We showed good base speed and were with Harvard throughout the race," said Cooke. "The team worked their way back, but the Crimson were able to take the win."

The Crimson second varsity lengthened its lead on the Bears throughout the second race of the regatta, going hard all the way to the finish line and crossing in 5:58.9, 11.5 seconds ahead of Brown. The Harvard freshmen followed with a seven-second victory into a headwind that had developed by late morning, pulling away from Brown in the second half of the race and finishing in 6:12.2.

The third varsity trailed Brown early on but drew even by 500 meters into the race. Harvard then built a four-seat lead in the next 200 meters and led by a length by the 1,000-meter mark, on the way to a 4.2-second win. The fourth varsity/second freshman boat held off the Bears by two seconds in the closest race of the day. 

RESULTS

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:55.2
Brown 5:57.8

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:58.9
Brown 6:10.4

Third Varsity Eight
Harvard 6:19.0
Brown 6:23.2

Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:12.2
Brown 6:19.2

Fourth Varsity/Second Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:30.0
Brown 6:32.0