Nov. 29, 2004
Boston, MA - The Brown men's crew team traveled to Boston this past Saturday to compete at the Tail of the Charles Regatta. The final race of the fall campaign had the Varsity Men racing in fours and the Freshmen Men racing in eights. The squad faced strong competition from Northeastern, Dartmouth, Harvard and Boston University. In the Varsity Fours race, Brown's top finish was third place overall with a time of 13:08.4. This finish put Bruno in front of Northeastern and Dartmouth's top boats, two teams Brown had been behind earlier this fall at the Head of the Charles. Brown's next best finish was 15 seconds back in tenth place with a time of 13:23.1. The four other Brown varsity fours were spaced out among the remaining sixty-two boats in the event.
The Freshmen "A" boat finished a strong second place, 0.6 seconds behind Harvard. The Bears were able to minimize the 19second gap, which Harvard held after the Head of the Charles earlier this fall. The Freshmen "B" boat finished in twelfth place and gained valuable racing experience. Many of these rowers just started rowing at the beginning of the school year and are learning new things every time out on the water. The race illustrated to the Brown cubs that they are on the right path, but that there is still much work to be done before spring racing.
Bruno now heads indoors to begin its winter training before going down to Miami for two weeks of sun over Christmas Break. The Bears hope that the experience learned over the fall season will carry into the crucial time of winter training. The efforts put in over the next two months will determine which type of Bear emerges from its hibernation to fight in the spring.