No. 4 Men’s Crew Finishes Third at Eastern Sprints

No. 4 Men’s Crew Finishes Third at Eastern Sprints

WORCESTER, Mass. – No. 4 Brown men's crew captured a pair of bronze medals in the varsity eight and second varsity races as the Bears competed at the EARC Eastern Sprints Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.

The Eastern Sprints is made up of the top rowing schools in the East and also determines the Ivy League Championship. Yale claimed the varsity eight to win the Ivy League title for the fourth straight season. Brown also finished fifth overall in the Rowe Cup team standings, which is awarded to the school with the highest number of total points.

"The varsity and JV boats came out in the afternoon and put down about as good a race as they could and that's what you look for," said head coach Paul Cooke. "The strength of the squad seems to be increasing. If we can build on these successes, I think we can be faster and even more competitive."

In the morning heats, Brown advanced four of five boats to the grand finals, highlighted by a close varsity eight race between the top three crews as Brown edged Dartmouth for a trip to the grand final.

In the final race of the day, the varsity grand final, Bears lined up against Yale, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern and Princeton. Yale used an aggressive start and held position for the entire race, while Brown and Harvard both moved up over Princeton near the midway point. Harvard, Brown and Princeton were neck-and-neck in the final 200 meters, as Harvard held off Brown for silver, and the Bears edged Princeton with a big sprint for the bronze at 5:58.232.

"Coach Cooke talks a lot about what being an athlete means, and part of that means being ready for anything and unexpected results, and that's really what the morning was for us," said co-captain Rufus Biggs, the bowman of the varsity boat. "We weren't quite firing on all cylinders, but then got better throughout the day, and came back in the afternoon and put down a really fast one."

Brown used a strong finish in the second varsity grand final to best its seed by two spots and win the bronze medal. The Bears started in fifth place at around 600 meters, and then gained ground at the midway point, passing Harvard for a chance at third. The Bears continued to gain speed in the final 500 meters and took over third place from Northeastern for the bronze medal in a time of 6:03.612. Princeton topped Yale for the gold at 5:58.827.

"We got off the line fairly well, then we hit the middle of the race and started to pick up some good rhythm with a lot of power and really confident strokes," said senior Rich Caputo. "The all of a sudden we started moving on the whole field and ended up moving into third position for the bronze. It was really an acceleration throughout the entire race."

Brown opened the afternoon with the fifth varsity grand final. The Bears finished just ahead of Harvard and Yale for fifth place in the seven-boat race, while Wisconsin won in a time of 6:03.212.

In the fourth varsity grand final, the Bears used a strong sprint down the stretch to take fifth and best their seed in a time of 6:03.832, while Princeton took first place overall.

The third varsity petite final featured a tight pack of crews at the opening 500 meters, as four crews fought for early position. Syracuse and Brown both gained slim separation at the midway point, but Cornell battled back to contention with 500 meters remaining. Syracuse held off Cornell at the finish line for a winning time of 6:03.570, before Bruno placed third at 6:04.910.

Brown will compete at the IRA National Championship on June 1-3 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Varsity Eight Grand Final
1          YALE - 5:54.668
2          HARVARD - 5:58.072
3          BROWN - 5:58.232
4          PRINCETON - 5:58.728
5          NORTHEASTERN - 6:01.172
6          BU - 6:03.602 

Second Varsity Grand Final
1          PRINCETON - 5:58.827
2          YALE - 5:59.352
3          BROWN - 6:03.612
4          NORTHEASTERN - 6:04.801
5          HARVARD - 6:07.103
6          DARTMOUTH - 6:17.049 

Third Varsity Petite Final
1          SYRACUSE - 6:03.570
2          CORNELL - 6:03.747
3          BROWN - 6:04.910
4          NAVY - 6:08.489
5          WISCONSIN - 6:10.106
6          G WASHINGTON - 6:11.723
7          COLUMBIA - 6:14.359 

Fourth Varsity Grand Final
1          PRINCETON - 5:53.913
2          HARVARD - 5:58.037
3          YALE - 6:00.127
4          WISCONSIN - 6:03.418
5          BROWN - 6:03.832
6          NAVY - 6:06.107 

Fifth Varsity Grand Final
1          WISCONSIN - 6:03.212
2          PRINCETON - 6:03.815
3          NAVY 5V - 6:09.087
4          NAVY 6V - 6:12.701
5          BROWN - 6:15.426
6          HARVARD - 6:16.271
7          YALE - 6:19.863 

Rowe Cup Team Standings
YALE - 39.00
HARVARD - 32.00
BROWN - 26.00
BU - 21.00
SYRACUSE - 19.00
CORNELL - 14.00
NAVY - 4.00
RUTGERS - 0.00