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Pennsauken, N.J. – The Ivy League Champion Brown men's crew returns to the water on May 31 – June 2 for the 2012 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships on the Cooper River. The Bears are coming off an upset performance of the then-undefeated Harvard Crimson at the EARC Sprints and have their sights set on the top spot in the IRA this season. The three-day competition begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Fans unable to make it to the Cooper River can follow all the action live at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cs.portal
Brown is one of nine EARC teams to receive an IRA bid along with Harvard, Wisconsin, Princeton, Navy, Syracuse, Boston University, Yale and Northeastern. Washington, California and Stanford made it from the Pac 12 as well as George Washington, Gonzaga and Drexel. Cornell, Penn and Dartmouth also received at-large bids. Each team will have a varsity eight boat.
The second varsity eight field will feature 17 crews with Northeastern will race in two fours instead of fielding a second eight. The freshmen eight field will feature a full field of 18 crews.
The open fours field will feature these 13 crews, all of whom are entered in the varsity eight and competing as a team: Brown, Cal, Cornell, Drexel, Harvard, Navy, Northeastern, Princeton, Syracuse, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale.
Bruno faces off against Penn, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Yale and Gonzaga in the first heat of the varsity eight, Yale, Navy, Washington and Stanford in the second varsity, Yale, Princeton, Washington, Syracuse and George Washington in the freshman eight and Navy, Washington Harvard, Princeton and Wisconsin in the open four.
Brown is ranked second overall in the varsity eight, sixth in the second varsity and sixth in the freshman eight.