April 29, 2006
Princeton, NJ - The Brown men's crew traveled down to Princeton on Saturday, facing perhaps its biggest challenge of the regular season as it preps for the upcoming EARC Sprints. The fourth ranked varsity eight hoped to keep its undefeated streak alive but the top ranked Tigers proved to be too strong on this particular day, taking a 5.3 second win over the Bears. Brown posted wins in the three other races, however, including open water victories by the freshman eight and varsity four.
"We rowed very strongly in all the races but in the varsity eight, Princeton was just a bit stronger," said Head Coach Paul Cooke. "They pushed out in the second 500 and we just weren't able to hold onto them."
Brown timed in at 5:59.4 to Princeton's 5:54.1 before the second varsity avenged a tough 12 second loss to the Tigers last season. This time around the Bears were able to edge out Princeton by a 2.6 second margin.
The Bears freshman eight and varsity four both rowed very strong races, boasting wins of 4.2 and 5.9 seconds respectively.
Brown's varsity eight is now 3-1 on the year while the junior varsity has now won its last two races after opening the season 0-2. Luke McGee's freshman eight is 3-1 on the year, its only blemish coming against a tough Harvard crew.
Brown will wrap up its regular season racing schedule next Saturday when it hosts Boston University. The first race is set to begin at 3:15 p.m. The Bears will then have two weeks to make its final preparations for the annual EARC Sprints in Worcester, MA, which will be held on Sunday, May 21.
Second Varsity Eight