BOSTON – The Brown men's crew picked up some impressive victories in the fourth varsity and third varsity races, and then capped the day with a win in the varsity race, as the Bears reclaimed the Dreissigacker Cup Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The racing started under sunny skies and a light headwind with the fourth varsity crews. Brown was a bit underpowered for the first 500 meters and spotted Northeastern a lead of one length, but the Bears showed great composure and walked back through Northeastern in the middle thousand. Both crews let loose a furious sprint to the line, and the photo finish confirmed Brown crossed with less than a seat over Northeastern, winning in a time of 6:33.5 to 6:34.7.
In the third varsity event, Northeastern gained an advantage of several seats in the opening strokes of the race, but all that changed at the 500-meter mark, when Brown locked it down and started walking. Northeastern raised its rate, but Brown continued to under stroke and relentlessly built a strong margin for the open water victory.
The junior varsity race showcased more excitement, with three boats entered. The Brown freshmen moved into the second varsity event because Northeastern did not enter a freshman crew. The opening strokes were fierce and more or less level, crossing the first 500 at a pace that had Brown's JV up by half a length. In the second 500, separation began to emerge between the shells, with the Brown JV establishing a lead for themselves and the Brown freshmen falling back to a few seats behind Northeastern. By the 1,000-meter mark, the Brown JV and Northeastern pulled level, and would continue to trade seats down the course until Northeastern established a six-seat lead going into the final strokes for the win at 6:13.0. Brown's freshman finished about a length of open back on the Brown JV.
In the varsity eight, both crews raced into a building headwind. Northeastern jumped out to a small lead of about two seats after the first 250 meters. However, much like the 3V race, Brown stretched out to a powerful base rhythm and steadily walked back into their competition. Over the course of the next 1,500 meters, Northeastern was unable to fend off Brown's challenges, and seat by seat, Brown pushed the gap to nearly seven seconds at the finish line for the win at 6:14.4.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 26 when they host Dartmouth on the Seekonk.
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