April 21, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown men's crew won the Dreissigacker Cup, after beating Northeastern on Saturday afternoon on the Seekonk. The varsity eight crossed the line at 5:33.7 as Northeastern came in behind at 5:42.5.
The No. 5 ranked Brown varsity eight jumped out to an early lead and led by as much as six seats, but Northeastern was able to make a comeback, cutting Bruno's lead to just one seat. But the Bears clawed their way back and killed Northeastern's hope of an upset.
"We were a little shaky in the first thousand," said senior Joe Donahue. "But we took eight strokes and really opened it up."
Nearing the finish line, the Brown crew was rowing longer and higher than the Huskies, and was gaining a seat a stroke on the competitive Northeastern crew.
A striking indication of the depth of the men's squad was shown in the second varsity race, where the Brown second and third varsities both outdistanced the Northeastern crew. The second varsity came in at 5:44.9, followed by the third varsity at 5:52.3, as Northeastern trailed behind at 5:59.6.
The freshman crew came back with a solid performance this week. Although it was close for the first 1,000, with Bruno leading by half a length, they were able to double their lead from there to the finish. The freshman crossed the line at 5:52.3 and Northeastern came in at 5:57.7. The second freshman fours lost to Northeastern, as the Huskies came in at 6:59.7 and Brown at 7:21.4.
The men's crew is at Dartmouth on Saturday, April 29 for a 9 a.m. race.