April 12, 2003
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Brown men's crews ran into a Harvard buzz saw on the foggy, rainy Charles River Saturday morning, losing all four races to the Crimson by open-water margins. Harvard's varsity, ranked third in the latest national collegiate poll, made a runaway of its race with the previously unbeaten Bears, winning by 16 seconds.
The other races were more competitive from the Brown standpoint, but in every race the Harvard crews, rowing higher and more efficiently than Brown, asserted themselves early and put the hammer down in the last 500 meters.
The best showing for Brown was made by the second varsity, which battled its Harvard opponent on almost even terms through the body of the race and stayed in contact for 1600 meters.
"They rowed a really, tenacious, stubborn race and seemed to enjoy it,'' Brown Head Coach Paul Cooke said. Cooke said the plan for Brown's early-season races was "to keep the rating low, with the idea that we're going to get better regardless of what happens now. The focus all along is on the Eastern Sprints( May 11 at Worcester) and the IRA (May 29-31 at Camden,N.J.)."
"Although our guys were disappointed with today, I think the spirit is pretty strong and they're determined to get better,'' said Cooke. "We're focused on bringing the crews along and I think that will happen.
The Brown men will row their final home regatta of the season next Saturday morning on the Seekonk River against Northeastern, beginning at 10 a.m.
Varsity: Harvard, 5:55; Brown, 6:11.
Second varsity: Harvard, 6:07; Brown, 6:13.5.
Freshmen: Harvard, 6:09.5; Brown, 6:15.
Third varsity: Harvard, 6:21; Harvard Second freshmen, 6:25.5; Brown, 6:32.1