May 7, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Brown University recently announced that men's crew junior Gavin Crynes (Seattle, WA) is one of the 2009 recipients of the Derek Canfield Barker Prize, awarded annually to students who have shown qualities of leadership, triumphed over adversity, and who have worked to bring the Brown community together through community service.
Crynes has been a key component of the men's crew since his freshman season, when he stepped into a very competitive freshman eight. During the 2007 spring season, Crynes helped lead his boat to a gold medal in the freshman eight at Eastern Sprints, and followed that up with a second place finish at the IRA National Championship. Last season, Crynes rowed in the second varsity eight, and once again helped make it a winner, taking third place at Sprints.
So far in 2009, he has spent time in both the first and second varsity eights, including rowing in the top boat in wins over Yale and Dartmouth. Off the water, Crynes has been a role model in the Fox Point initiative, making weekly visits to the elementary school to work with the team's partner classroom.
The Derek Canfield Barker Prize is given each year to a male and female student who has completed their junior year. To qualify for the award, students must have participated in a sport at Brown, either at the varsity or intramural level, and must demonstrate that they have worked to the best of their ability academically.