April 25, 2009
Hanover, N.H. - Brown easily held on to the Atalanta Cup on Saturday afternoon, bringing it home with a sweep of Dartmouth on the road. The second varsity eight was particularly impressive, posting the fastest time of the day in a 28-second rout of the Big Green, but all four Brown boats turned in solid performances.
The third varsity boats led off the day, and quickly set the right tone for the Bears, taking a decisive victory. As was the case for much of the day, Brown jumped out to an early lead off the line and held for a relatively easy win, crossing the line in 5:49, followed by Dartmouth at 6:09. Times were generally good on the day, as there was a significant tail current despite a head wind for much of the racing.
In the second event of the day, the freshman eight squared off in the closest competition of the afternoon. Dartmouth's boat actually took an early lead, and appeared to have a shot at taking a win from the Bears, but Brown came storming back in the second half for another impressive win. Bruno came across in 5:39, followed by the Big Green at 5:44, and Brown's second freshman eight at 6:07.
The action then swung back to the varsity boats, starting with the second squads. Brown's second eight turned in a scorching 5:32, racing out to an early lead, and building a huge advantage by the finish, as Dartmouth came in 28 seconds later at 6:00. Things then wrapped up with the varsity eight, another impressive win for the Bears, as they knocked off Dartmouth by nine seconds, with the boats coming in at 5:33 and 5:42 respectively.
"It was a great day of racing, and a good day for Brown crew," head coach Paul Cooke said. "I was proud of the way our guys raced today, and we had some really nice wins."
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to New Jersey for their regular season finale against Princeton at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.