Yale Tops Brown in First Race of 2012

Derby, Conn. – Brown faced off against Yale in their first races of the 2012 season on the Housatonic. The Bears and Bulldogs not only battled each other, but tough weather conditions in three highly-contested races. In the end, it was Yale who would use their home course advantage to take each race.

The freshman eight were the first to take to the water. Both the Yale and Brown first freshman eights left the Brown second freshman eight behind in the first 500 meters, and the Bulldogs began to pull past the first Brown boat leading up to the 1000-meter mark.  With a sprint to the finish line, Yale finished an even three seconds ahead of Brown.

Freshman Eight

Yale 1F            6:21.6

Brown 1F        6:24.6

Brown 2F        7:04.4

In the three-boat JV race the two Brown crews flanked Yale in lane two. Yale lead for most of the race but Brown made a strong push at the end, nearly catching the Eli's. The Bulldogs held on to win by a margin of about five seats.

Second Varsity Eight

Yale 2V           6:26.7

Brown 2V       6:27.9

Brown 3V       6:44.1

The varsity eight event got off later than expected because of breakage in the Brown boat. Conditions on the river began to deteriorate by the time the race went off, so the times in the varsity race were the slowest of the day. 

Both crews battled tough conditions in the first thousand meters, but Yale began to chip away at Brown's lead from the stagger as they came around the turn in lane one. Closing in on the last 500 meters the Bulldogs had pulled it just about even, and used a solid sprint  that delivered more seats to put the Yale stern even with Brown's bow.  In the end the Bulldogs ran the course about two seconds faster than the Bears.

Varsity Eight

Yale     6:43.7

Brown 6:45.6

Archived video from Saturday's live stream can be accessed here.  Select 'On Demand' in the top right of the screen and select 'Watch' next to where it says 'Yale Men's Rowing vs Brown.'