May 21, 2006

Bears' Varsity Eight Earns Bronze Medal At Eastern Sprints

May 21, 2006

Worcester, MA - The Brown men's crew took third place in the varsity eight grand final at the 2006 Eastern Srints in Worcester, MA on Sunday, the crews best finish since its title in 2000. The Bears, seeded second, won their morning heat to advance to the grand final, which was delayed due to a strong storm system that moved through the Northeast. In the end, it was top-ranked Princeton that proved its strength, taking a 2.4 second win over second place finisher Harvard. Brown, which defeated the three-time defending eastern champion Crimson, finished 4.6 seconds out of first.

Having to fight off a strong headwind, the second varsity eight placed fourth in its afternoon grand final. Harvard took first while Yale and Wisconsin rounded out the top three, respectively. The Bears took second behind Wisconsin in their morning heat. Both the Bulldogs and Badgers were lower seeds as second seeded Northeastern took a distant fifth behind Brown.

The second seeded freshman eight were knocked out of the grand finals by fifth seeded Northeastern and seventh seeded Wisconsin in its morning heat but went on to win the petite final in convincing fashion. Third-seeded Penn won the grand final race while the Huskies took second and Harvard third. Both the petite and grand final races of the freshman events were hampered by rain and strong winds. Brown won gold medals in both the first and second freshman eights last year.

In Brown's first race of the day, the third varsity four/fourth freshman four took third behind Penn and Boston University. Complete results, including times, from the 2006 Eastern Sprints can be found by clicking here