April 12, 2008

Men's Varsity Eight Crew Defeats Harvard for Stein Cup

April 12, 2008

Providence, RI - The Brown men's crew reclaimed the Stein Cup this afternoon at the Narragansett Boat Club after Bruno's varsity eight defeated Harvard by five seconds.

With junior Rob O'Leary (Fayetteville, NY) at coxswain and Scott Morgan (Palo Alto, CA) at stroke, the varsity eight fought the head wind and high tides on the Seekonk River and finished with a stellar 6:23.73 to Harvard's 6:28.83. In the seven seat was senior co-captain Colin Keogh (Greenwich, CT), followed by junior Gareth Seymour (Niagara Falls, ONT) in seat six, sophomore Ben Duggan (Bingham, UK) in the five seat, sophomore Cole Bonner (Chicago, IL) in the four seat, junior Matt Wheeler (Eugene, OR) in the third, senior Chris Greene (Cincinnati, OH) in two, and at bow was senior co-captain Paul Strombom (Seattle, WA).

The other races were run on an incoming tide, as Harvard was able to defeat Bruno in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight, second freshmen four, and also the novice eight race.

The afternoon began with the second freshman four race, as Harvard "A" picked up the win with a 7:46.46, while Harvard "B" came in with a 7:51.53. Bruno came in third with an 8:16.44. Harvard "A" (6:31.5) and "B" (6:37.39) placed first and second, respectively, in the third varsity eight race, as Brown came in with a time of 6:45.7.

The Bears battled throughout the novice eight race, but couldn't come up with the victory, falling to Harvard by just two seconds. Harvard crossed the finish line with a 6:42.21, as Brown came in right behind The Crimson with a 6:44.67.

Sophomore coxswain Devin Wilmot (Saratoga Springs, NY) led the second varsity in another tight race, as Harvard tallied a 6:12.95 to Bruno's 6:18.48. Stroking the junior varsity boat was Greg Stepina (Tallahassee, FL), as Mike Snyder (San Francisco, CA) was in seat seven, Nick Ritter (Huntsville, AL) in six, Garrett Kirk (Boston, MA) in five, Sean Medcalf (Philadelphia, PA) in four, Ryan McShane (Eugene, OR) in three, James Rowan (Fairfax, VA) in two, and at bow was Christian Crynes (Seattle, WA).

The men are back in action on Saturday, April 19, at Northeastern, and will then host the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday, April 26.