BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - The Brown men's rowing team concluded the fall portion of their 2012-2013 season at the Foot of the Charles on Saturday, November 17. The race was held on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts, and featured the open four event, as well as the freshmen eight event. Brown had the opportunity to compete with some of the best rowing programs in the area, as they took to the water with squads from Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College and MIT.
The Bears entered seven boats in the men's varsity four, the first event of the morning's competition. Their top crew clocked a time of 13:17.50, good for fifth place in a highly elite field. Harvard claimed the top spot in the morning's race, blazing to a winning time of 13:11.10, with Northeastern in second. A tight battle ensued amongst the next five boats, with Boston University the victor, as third through seventh place were separated by less than five seconds.
Brown's second boat rowed to an eighth place finish, registering a time of 13:22.40, just ahead of the "C" crew, as they claimed the 12th spot with a time of 13:27.90. The Bears' "D" crew completed the race in 13:53.40, good for 17th in a field of 40 boats.
The Bears "E" crew also had a strong performance on Sunday morning, finishing in 14th place with a time of 14:02.30. The success of the "F" (22nd – 14:04.80) and "G" (37th – 15:23.80) crews confirmed the depth of the Brown rowing program.
The team concluded the morning with entrants in the freshman eight. Brown had two boats contest the event, with the top crew crossing the line in second place with a time of 12:22.30, exactly four seconds behind the freshman crew from Harvard. The "B" boat claimed the sixth spot with a time of 13:38.64.
"The team had a good performance overall, and it was a great opportunity to compete against strong competition before heading indoors," said Head Coach Paul Cooke, the 2012 Fan's Choice Collegiate Coach of the Year. "Although we didn't quite find the results we were looking for, each boat had a decent run down the course. We have a fair amount of work to do; that was expected, but we were not far behind the top crews. To close the gap our athletes will have to be tough-minded and confident in their training in the months ahead."
The team concluded a strong fall season with today's performance, and will focus on training over the winter months before returning to the water in the spring of 2013.