March 28, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Brown men's crew team began a successful defense of their 2008 Ivy League title on Saturday morning, sweeping the Yale Bulldogs on the Seekonk. Bruno took an impressive nine-second win in the Varsity 8 to lead off the day, following with victories in the second Varsity 8 and the Freshman 8 to round out the competition.
Leading off the racing, Brown's varsity showed that they were already in mid-season form by reeling off a fast 5:43 2K despite the cold conditions. Making up the first eight from bow were, Christian Crynes (Seattle, WA), Gavin Crynes (Seattle, WA), Matt Wheeler (Eugene, OR), Cole Bonner (Chicago, IL), Ben Duggan (Bingham, UK), Scott Morgan (Palo Alto, CA), Nick Ritter (Huntsville, AL), Sean Medcalf (Philadelphia, PA) and coxswain Rob O'Leary (Fayetteville, N.Y.). Though both boats got out to a quick start, Brown began moving away quickly, and took open water on the Bulldogs near the midway point of the race. From there, the Bears were able to cruise to the finish line assured of starting the season with a win.
The second eight was similarly impressive, pulling away from Yale near the 1000-meter mark after the Bulldogs hung in the race early. Brown's second boat finished with a solid time of 5:46, with Yale's second and third eights coming in at 5:51 and 5:54 respectively.
With two wins already on the board, the burden fell on Bruno's freshmen to maintain the momentum, and they answered with an emphatic win, pulling the fastest time of the day with a 5:42.8. Yale crossed the line in second, at 5:52, followed by Brown's second freshman boat at 6:00.
The Bears will be back in action on April 4, when they will travel to compete at the San Diego Crew Classic.