May 18, 2008

#2 Men's Crew Wins Ivy League Championship at Eastern Sprints

May 18, 2008

Worcester, MA - The #2 ranked Brown men's crew gave an outstanding effort at the 2008 Easter Sprints in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday afternoon. Bruno's varsity eight was edged out by the University of Wisconsin in the grand finals on Lake Quinsigamond, but won the Ivy League Championship in a tough battle against Princeton.

Brown's varsity eight crew of coxswain Rob O'Leary (Fayetteville, NY), Paul Strombom (Seattle, WA), Chris Greene (Cincinnati, OH), Matt Wheeler (Eugene, OR), Cole Bonner (Chicago, IL), Ben Duggan (Bingham, UK), Gareth Seymour (Niagara Falls, ONT), Colin Keogh (Greenwich, CT) and Scott Morgan (Palo Alto, CA), was the top-seed entering the championships. The Bears finished its grand final with a second-place time of 6:13.210, as the second-seed Wisconsin won the Eastern title with a 6:09.719. Brown earned the Ivy League title with its 6:13.210, after an extremely close battle against the Princeton Tigers, who finished right behind with a 6:13.387.

The freshman eight race was another close one, as Brown's crew of coxswain Erin Alpert (Purchase, NY), Geoff Martin (Boxford, MA), Matt See (San Francisco, CA), Jim McLaughlin (Ridley Park, PA), Chris Bowman (Wilmette, IL), Dan Aziz (Oakville, ONT), Brent Mylrea (McFarland, WI), Brendan Nolan (Roswell, GA), and George Brennan (Bloomfield, CT) turned in a third-place time of 5:58.772. Harvard earned the gold medal after posting a time of 5:57.635, and Princeton garnered the silver with a 5:58.646.

Coxswain Devin Wilmot (Saratoga Springs, NY) helped Bruno's second varsity to a third-place finish with a time of 6:21.482. The crew of Christian Crynes (Seattle, WA), Gavin Crynes (Seattle, WA), Ryan McShane (Eugene, OR), Sean Medcalf (Philadelphia, PA), Mike Snyder (San Francisco, CA), Nick Ritter (Huntsville, AL), Armen Taylor (Seattle, WA) and Greg Stepina (Tallahassee, FL) was the third-seed heading into today. Wisconsin edged out Harvard with a winning time of 6:17.215, as the Crimson posted a 6:17.430 for second.

After placing third in the preliminary heats this morning, Brown's third varsity eight competed against some tough competition in the grand finals. Top-seeded Harvard claimed both first and second place, while Cornell earned third. Wisconsin beat out Brown for fourth by just five seconds, as the Bears turned in a 6:16.327 to come in fifth. Princeton placed sixth with a 6:21.651 effort.

Head Coach Paul Cooke and his crews will now prepare for the IRA's from June 5-7 in Camden, N.J.