April 13, 2014

Harvard Tops Men’s Crew to Claim Stein Cup; Bears Win Four Races

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's crew showed considerable depth as a program, capturing four of six races on the day, but top-ranked Harvard earned a victory in the varsity eight to retain the Stein Cup Saturday afternoon on the Seekonk River. 

In the Varsity Eight race for the Stein Cup, the two crews were neck-and-neck at the start, before the Crimson eased out to a one-seat advantage at the 500-meter mark. Brown was able to keep up pace for most of the race with a three-seat deficit at the midway point, but the Crimson gained speed down the stretch for a full length lead at 1,500 meters, taking the victory at 5:46.3. Brown completed the course at 5:51.2.

In the Junior Varsity event, Brown exploded off the gate with an impressive start and nearly led by a full length a little past the 500-meter point. Harvard answered back with a couple seats, but the Bears remained composed and had a full-length lead at 1,000 meters. Despite the great start, Brown could not hold its pace throughout the race as Harvard stormed back into contention during the final 200 meters, but the Bears pushed back the late attack and held on for the victory at 6:01.5. Harvard crossed the finish line at 6:02.4.

Harvard earned its only other victory of the day in the Freshmen Eight race, using a strong start to fuel a win at 6:02.6. Brown was able to maintain a steady speed throughout the race, but could not overcome the slow start and crossed the line at 6:08.5.

In the Fourth Varsity event, Brown jumped out to a two-seat advantage at 500 meters and picked up the pace for a six-seat lead around the midway point. The Bears remained in control with a full length at 1,500 meters for the victory at 6:30.4, while the Crimson finished in a time of 6:36.2.

Brown earned a convincing victory in the Third Varsity, as the Bears roared out of the gate for a five-seat lead at 250 meters and led by open water at the quarter mark. The Bears cruised to a 20-second victory at 6:28.0, before the Crimson crossed at 6:48.1.

The Bears opened the day with a victory in the novice eight, as the second freshmen squad crossed in a time of 6:42.4 over the Crimson at 7:12.7.

The Bears return to the water when they visit Northeastern on Saturday, April 19 at 8 a.m.