April 14, 2007
Cambridge, MA - The No.3 ranked Brown Men's Crew was defeated by the No. 6 ranked Harvard University on the Charles River on Saturday morning for the Stein Cup. Harvard was three out of the five races, as the Bears' second and third varsity eights picked up the two victories.
Despite the varsity eight taking a seat lead off and holding onto it after 500-meters, the crews jocked back and forth until halfway down the 2,000-meter course. Harvard then took a two or three seat lead, and then with 500 meters to go, Harvard built the lead to six seats. Harvard crossed the line at 6:31.4, as Brown finished close behind with a 6:36.6.
"The varsity rowed a tough race, but not a great race," said head coach Paul Cooke. "Harvard did a better job at taking good strokes. Our guys fought hard and did a good job, but we have to get a little bit better."
The Brown second varsity, won its race by a full three lengths despite the rough waters on the Charles. They defeated Harvard 6:46.4-6:53.2. The third varsity won its race in 6:41.3 to Harvard's 6:53.7, but Harvard had a stroke of bad luck in having a starboard oarsman catch an over-the-head crab with 1,300-meters to go. At that point the Harvard crew had led by three seats and it finished the race with seven men rowing.
"The JV winning big was great," added Cooke. "Hopefully that will turn into some good things down the road."
The Bears' freshman crew lost a heartbreaker as they led by a full length with 400 meters to go. But just as quick as they had gained a lead, a Brown starboard oarsman caught an over-the-head crab and the lead was taken over by Harvard. Harvard won in 6:36.1 to Brown's 6:37.5.
The second freshman, a lineup that is made up of six freshmen and two fourth-varsity oarsmen, was overpowered by a strong Harvard crew. Harvard crossed the line at 6:51.1 as Brown came in at 7:18.5.
"Overall I thought the guys did a good job and raced hard," said Cooke. " We didn't get everything we wanted, obviously, but they raced good, strong races today."
The Brown crew is back in action on April 21 against Northeastern at 10:00 a.m. on the Seekonk River.