SEATTLE – The Brown men's crew travelled across the country and put up a strong showing against No. 3 Washington, but the Bears dropped three races to the defending national champions, as two of the top programs in collegiate rowing battled on the Montlake Cut Saturday morning.
In the varsity eight, Washington gained a strong advantage and held on the rest of the way for a win at 5:37.8. Brown made a final surge in the last 500 meters, but could not escape Washington's full boat length lead, as the Bears crossed at 5:43.9.
The second varsity event featured a 2V from Brown against Washington's 2V and 3V boats. The Huskie's gained an early lead by means of the 2V for the win at 5:44.8, while the Bears made several strides on the Washington 3V. Nevertheless, the Huskies made a late push after the Montlake Bridge by picking up their strokes, and edged out the Bears at 5:46.2 to 5:46.7.
The Washington freshmen forged an impressive lead and held on for the open water victory at 5:41.3, while the Bears crossed at 5:48.3.
The Bears return to College Hill on Saturday, April 12 when they host Harvard for the Stein Cup.