Men’s Crew Finishes Second at Eastern Sprints; Bears Win 3V and F8 Races

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Brown men's crew claimed three medals, including victories in the third varsity and freshmen eight events, as the Bears placed runner up in both the varsity eight and Rowe Cup standings at the EARC Sprints Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.

Brown and Harvard finished tied for first in the overall standings for the second straight year with 35 points apiece, but once again the Crimson's victory in the varsity eight broke the tiebreaker for the Rowe Cup, awarded to the school with the highest number of total points. The next closest school was Northeastern with 24 points.

The EARC Sprints is composed of the top rowing schools in the East and also determines the Ivy League Championship. Harvard retained the Ivy title with a win in the varsity eight, while the Bears earned two gold medals for the third straight season. Brown also advanced all five boats to the grand finals.

"It was the second time in two years we tied for the Rowe Cup and came up short, but I was really proud of the team," said head coach Paul Cooke. "To have the guys go through some struggles during the season and come out and race the way they did, it shows a lot about their character. I was really pleased that they were able to keep themselves focused enough to go through those tough times and perform the way they did today."

The varsity eight grand final was tightly contested from the start, as five crews were all grouped together after the opening 300 meters. Harvard claimed a slim two-seat lead over Brown near the 500 mark, followed by Northeastern and Princeton in third and fourth, respectively. Brown enjoyed a solid row in the second 500 meters, closing the gap on Harvard to solidify the second spot at the midway point. The Bears continued to challenge the leader and stormed the Crimson in the closing 500 meters for a tight finish, but Harvard edged Bruno for the win at 5:27.2. Brown crossed the line for runner up at 5:28.99.

In the third varsity grand final, Boston University jumped out first out of the gate, but Brown and Northeastern were not far behind in second and third, respectively. Northeastern then moved out in front, while the Bears held second about seven seats back, followed by the Terriers by one seat. The Huskies benefited from their strong start for the lead at the midway point, but the Bears held on to a steady pace throughout the race, and made a furious finish down the stretch to claim first and take the victory at 5:37.2. Northeastern could not hold on to its initial quick pace and fell to second at 5:38.4.

Brown earned its second victory of the afternoon with a thrilling battle in the freshmen eight. The Bears went with an aggressive pace and had a convincing advantage with about 750 meters remaining, but Harvard answered with a roaring push down the stretch, pulling within a seat of the Bears. Nevertheless, Brown held off the Crimson by less than a second to take the win at 5:38.14. Harvard crossed the finish line in a time of 5:38.76.

The second varsity grand final featured six equally competitive crews, but Northeastern maintained its lead throughout most of the race to win in a time of 5:37.7.  Even though Brown was in the mix during the entire event, Navy took third with a time of 5:39.83, just edging the Bears at 5:39.83.

In the fourth varsity grand final, Brown jumped out to a quick lead as several crews were packed together in the early stages of the race. The two Boston University boats began to move out in front with Navy in a close third, but Brown fell back to a half-length behind the leading trio and ended up finishing fifth in the time of 5:58.1.

The Bears return to the water on May 30 – June 1 for the IRA National Championships on Lake Mercer, N.J.

GRAND FINAL RESULTS

4V
BU A - 5:49.411
2 BU B - 5:52.469
3 NAVY - 5:54.511
4 SYRACUSE - 5:57.955
5 BROWN - 5:58.173
6 CORNELL - 6:01.126 

3V
1 BROWN - 5:37.250
2 NORTHEASTERN - 5:38.441
3 BU - 5:42.692
4 PRINCETON - 5:46.739
5 NAVY - 5:48.028
5 CORNELL - 5:48.028 

F8
1 BROWN - 5:38.142
2 HARVARD - 5:38.761
3 CORNELL - 5:41.970
4 WISCONSIN - 5:44.079
5 G WASHINGTON - 5:48.998
6 GEORGETOWN - 5:54.127 

2V
1 NORTHEASTERN - 5:37.781
2 PRINCETON - 5:38.837
3 NAVY - 5:39.733
4 BROWN - 5:39.811
5 HARVARD - 5:41.170
6 BU - 5:42.769 

V8
1 HARVARD - 5:27.277
2 BROWN - 5:28.998
3 PRINCETON - 5:32.411
4 NORTHEASTERN - 5:33.972
5 BU - 5:34.648
6 YALE - 5:35.498
7 CORNELL - 5:37.906