PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's crew picked up four victories, finishing the day with a win by the varsity eight, to top Boston University and take back the Michalson Cup Saturday morning on the Seekonk River.
Racing for the second-straight day after Friday's home win over Yale, the Bears claimed victories in the freshman eight, third varsity, second varsity and varsity eight races. BU held the Michalson Cup for the past two years, but the two programs had not raced since the 2011 season.
"I was really pleased with how the guys came out and approached the races with the same energy and enthusiasm as yesterday," said assistant coach Judah Rome. "We know BU is a formidable opponent, so we have a lot of respect for them. We don't usually race on back-to-back days, so across the whole squad they handled that challenge."
Brown enjoyed a quick start in the varsity eight and led by nearly a full length a little past the 500-meter mark. By the midway point of the 2,000-meter course, the Bears had a comfortable lead and kept up the strong pace for the even 10-second victory. Brown finished at 5:25.7 and BU crossed at 5:35.7.
In the second varsity race, the two squads were even at the quarter mark before the Bears started to gain ground at the midway point. From there, Brown moved out by well over a full length at 1,500 meters to cruise to the win. Brown finished at 5:36.6, while the Terriers ended at 5:45.4.
The third varsity race was tight for the opening 300 meters, with Brown holding a slight lead, but by the 1,000-meter mark the Bears opened up a length-plus lead and continued to pick up the pace for the victory. Brown won at 5:54.7, while BU crossed at 6:04.5.
In the first freshmen race, Brown and BU were neck-and-neck at the start, but the Bears built a slim two-seat lead at the 500-meter mark. From there, the Bears stayed with a consistent rhythm and increased their lead throughout the race for a convincing victory. Brown captured the race at 5:47.8, while the Terriers finished at 5:55.8.
Boston University claimed a victory in the second freshmen race, opening with a strong start before crossing in a time of 6:11.8.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 6 when they visit the University of Washington at 11 a.m. EST.
Brown – 5:25.7
BU – 5:35.7
Second Varsity Eight
Brown – 5:36.6
BU – 5:45.4
Third Varsity Eight
Brown – 5:54.7
BU – 6:04.5
Brown – 5:47.8
BU – 5:55.8
Second Freshmen Eight
BU – 6:11.8
Brown – 6:29.8