Men’s Crew Sends Varsity to National Championship Grand Final

Men’s Crew Sends Varsity to National Championship Grand Final

Sunday Schedule

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown men's crew advanced the varsity eight to the grand final for the tenth-straight season as the Bears completed the second day of competition at the IRA National Championship Saturday morning at Mercer Lake.

The varsity eight will row for a national championship tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM in the first race of the day, as Sunday's schedule was revised due to the anticipation of inclement weather. Brown will race against Washington, California, Harvard, Yale and Princeton in the grand final.

Brown's second varsity (8:19 AM), third varsity (8:26 AM) and varsity four (9:43 AM) boats will all race in the petite finals of their respective events on Sunday. The winner of the varsity eight will determine the IRA National Champion, while the three eights will collectively decide the Ten Eyck Team Trophy.

"We saw today that they are capable of the speed it takes to win this event," said head coach Paul Cooke on the varsity eight. "They came out and did what we've seen them do in practice. It was really gratifying to see them race how we knew they could race against this competition, and to have that speed was good to see."

The varsity went up against Washington, California, Stanford, Northeastern and Wisconsin in the opening semifinal with three spots on the line for the grand final. Washington and Brown were level around 800 meters as both crews were a full length over the Golden Bears. Washington moved out in front by three seats during the third 500 meters, while Cal started to creep up on the Bears, but Bruno held off the attack to capture second place at 5:38.87.

The trio of Cal, Washington and Princeton established an early lead in a competitive second varsity semifinal. Brown trailed Princeton by about five seats around the midway point, while the rest of the field began to spread out, as Washington held a length lead over the Tigers. Nevertheless, Princeton held off Brown during the final 500 meters, as Bruno took fourth at 5:49.97. Brown will race in the petite final on Sunday.

Washington remained patient early on in the third varsity semifinals, charging past Cal at 1,000 meters and remained in front the rest of the way for the win at 5:50.15. Brown, Wisconsin and Northeastern battled for position just shy of Princeton, before the Bears crossed in sixth place in a time of 5:59.859 to advance to the petite finals.

Drexel used a quick start to pave the way to a first-place showing in the opening varsity four semifinal race, while Boston University and Holy Cross also punched tickets to the grand finals. Brown battled Dartmouth at the midway point but crossed in sixth to move to the petite finals.

V8 – Semifinal 1
1          WASHINGTON - 5:37.124
2          BROWN - 5:38.879
3          CALIFORNIA - 5:39.057
4          NORTHEASTERN - 5:46.239
5          WISCONSIN - 5:49.056
6          STANFORD - 5:52.174 

2V – Semifinal 1
1          CALIFORNIA - 5:41.314
2          WASHINGTON - 5:44.128
3          PRINCETON - 5:47.495
4          BROWN - 5:49.979
5          SYRACUSE - 5:50.395
6          CORNELL - 6:09.100 

3V – Semifinal 1
1          WASHINGTON - 5:50.155
2          NORTHEASTERN - 5:52.505
3          CALIFORNIA - 5:53.016
4          PRINCETON - 5:54.943
5          WISCONSIN - 5:57.606
6          BROWN - 5:59.859 

4V – Semifinal 1
1          DREXEL - 6:31.910
2          BU - 6:38.048
3          HOLY CROSS - 6:39.148
4          GEORGETOWN - 6:39.435
5          DARTMOUTH - 6:41.997
6          BROWN - 6:48.015