March 20, 2010

Women's Crew Sweeps URI to Start Spring Season

Providence, R.I. – The Brown women’s crew began their spring dual race season in impressive fashion on Saturday morning, sweeping the URI women on the Seekonk River.  The varsity 8 turned in the fastest race of the day, rowing a 6:50.59 to knock off the Rams by 16 seconds, but all six Brown boats appeared to already be in midseason form.

The day began with the third varsity eights, as the Bears set the tone early with an impressive 7:17.60, despite rowing against the incoming tide.  Rhode Island, which trailed immediately off the line, crossed the line 27 seconds later, coming in at 7:44.62.  The second varsity 8 was up next, with similar results for Bruno.  Brown barely missed breaking the seven minute barrier, coming in at 7:00.01, while the Rams trailed in at 7:22.61.

In the varsity 4 race, the Bears continued their run of dominance, as all three Brown boats crossed the line before the first Rhode Island crew.  Brown’s “A” squad easily took first, becoming the only four under eight minutes with a time of 7:53.78.  The “B” and “C” boats followed, coming in at 8:03.98 and 8:07.71 respectively.  Rhode Island’s “A” boat led the charge for the Rams, coming in fourth at 8:09.82.

The action concluded with the varsity 8’s, as Brown looked to complete the sweep over their in-state rival.  The result was not in doubt for long, as the Bears rocketed off the line to an early lead, and continued pulling away over the length of the 2000 meter course, eventually crossing the line in 6:50.59, easily ahead of URI’s 7:06.03.