April 26, 2003
Hanover, NH - The Brown men's varsity crew lost its second tight race in a row, this one to Dartmouth at Hanover,N.H. Saturday. However, considering Dartmouth was undefeated , going into the race and ranked sixth in the latest coaches' poll to Brown's ninth, the Bears should lose nostature with the voters.
Brown varsity coach Paul Cooke called it: "our best race so far. I thought they rowed a really good race,'' he said. "We set goals and accomplished themand we were strong at the end.''
Dartmouth led by a seat off the line and stretched its lead to four or five seats after the first 500 meters. Then the two crews waged a see-saw battle through the body of the race, first one crew gaining, then the other.
Brown started gaining in the last 500 meters and cut Dartmouth's lead in half before Dartmouth took back a seat or two in the last 10 strokes.
Brown will have a doubleheader at Princeton next Saturday, racing Princeton in the morning and Yale in the afternoon, giving the Bears a chance to move up in the standings prior to the eastern sprints at Worcester, MA, May 11.
"We're in a dogfight to make the finals,'' said Cooke. The second varsity did itself no good with its loss to Dartmouth yesterday but the Brown frosh won by 19 seconds and looke like excellent bets to make the grand finals of their event and perhaps win medals.
The times: Varsity eights: Dartmouth, 5:28.3; Brown, 5:30. Second varsity: Dartmouth, 5:39.7; Brown, 5:44.7. Freshsmen eights: Brown, 5:37; Dartmouth, 5:56.