Men’s Crew Rolls Past Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. – The Brown men's crew recorded a trio of victories, including an impressive win in the Varsity Eight, to top Dartmouth and retain the Atalanta Cup Saturday morning on the Connecticut River. 


On a clear and windless day in very fast conditions, the two squads opened with the varsity four-plus event as Brown jumped out to a strong start and held a three-seat advantage by the halfway mark. Dartmouth managed to chip away at the Bears as the race progressed and eventually moved in front to take the win.

In the third varsity event, the start was closely contested, with both boats showing impressive speed out of the blocks. The two boats were nearly stroke-for-stroke at 500 meters as Dartmouth held a slim one-seat lead. Brown then made a powerful push and moved up from one seat down to even in just 10 strokes. The boats were even for the next 600 meters, forcing the Bears to make a move going into the second half of the race. Brown worked itself into the lead on 20 vigorous strokes and continued to gain speed until the Bears held a bow-to-stern lead by the finish line.

The Second Varsity race featured three boats as the Brown Freshmen Eight joined the two JV squads, choosing to race up one category since Dartmouth did not field a freshmen boat. The race was quick off the start, with the Brown JV poking out in front after the first 15 strokes for the slim advantage. The Brown freshmen and Dartmouth JV were pretty much even after settling into the race. From there, the two Brown boats started to pull ahead, with the JV squad holding a one-seat lead. It became an all-Brown race for the next 1,000 meters, as the Brown Freshmen Eight and the 2V sparred one another in an intra-squad competition. Nevertheless, the Brown JV pushed ahead in the final 500 meters and held a strong bow-to-stern lead at the finish. The Dartmouth JV finished third, about 14 seconds back.

Following a fast day of racing with times approaching national standards, the final race featured the Varsity Eight teams in a battle for the Atalanta Cup. In the opening strokes of the race, Brown showed some raw power by driving to a four-seat lead within the first 250 meters. Dartmouth was able to hold this position for the next 250 meters, but Brown looked comfortable, and then took a big move about 500 meters in and extended its lead to a full length. Brown never let up off the pedal, and with a ferocious sprint, the Bears crossed the finish line 12 seconds in front of the Dartmouth crew to retain the Atalanta cup. 

The Bears return to action on Saturday, May 4 when they close out the regular season at Princeton.

Results
Varsity 8
Brown - 5:21.0
Dartmouth - 5:32.9 

2nd Varsity 8
Brown - 5:30.7
Brown 1F - 5:34.2
Dartmouth - 5:44.2 

Varsity Four
Dartmouth - 6:29.9
Brown - 6:30.4 

3rd Varsity 8
Brown - 5:38.4
Dartmouth - 5:40.7