June 7, 2008
Cherry Hill, NJ - After advancing three boats to the grand finals, the Brown men's crew placed fifth in the team standings at the 2008 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River in New Jersey on Saturday. The Bears' second varsity eight, freshman eight, and varsity four with coxswain advanced to the grand finals, with the first-years turning in the team's top finish by coming in fifth.
The Bears' varsity eight, ranked third in the nation entering the weekend, finished second in the petite final with a time of 5:41.764. That time would have been good for fourth in the grand final, however, the Bears rowed a 5:43.980 on Friday in the semifinals, missing a spot in the top six boats by just .395.
The second varsity eight was able to row a 5:52.298 on Saturday, placing sixth in the grand final. The freshman boat rowed a 5:47.378 for its fifth-place finish, rounding out the eights.
The varsity four with coxswain led the Bears' efforts in the fours, rowing a 6:35.563 in the grand final to place sixth. The varsity four without coxswain won the petite final with a time of 6:34.072, while the freshman four rowed 6:52.455 to place third in the third final. The varsity two rowed to fifth in the petite final at 7:23.302.
In other action at the Regatta, the Brown entry in the Masters Eight finished second to Cornell in a time of 6:59.649. Washington won the team title with 214 points, followed by California (207), Wisconsin (191), Harvard (157), and Brown (150). Wisconsin won the Varsity Eight title in a time of 5:31.173.
Rosters of the Brown boats are listed below: