April 1, 2006
Providence, RI - The Brown women's crew held its first home race of the 2006 season on Saturday against Radcliffe and the Bears turned in a strong all-around performance as they dominated four of the five races. Radcliffe won the headlining varsity eight race by over four seconds, however, dropping Brown to 1-2 on the season, including 0-2 in the Ivy League.
Both varsity eights started off strong before Radcliffe gained a one seat lead by the 300 meter mark. The Crimson held onto a three seat advantage for a good portion of the race but the Bears made a move and cut the lead to just one seat with about 700 meters to go. Radcliffe proved to be too strong in the end, however, finishing over four seconds ahead of Brown.
In the junior varsity race, Brown dominated from start to finish, gaining over a full length lead of open water by the half way point. The Bears never relenquished that lead, winning by over two lengths of open water.
Brown also controlled the novice eight race as well, opening up a big lead early on. Radcliffe cut into the lead by the 500 meter mark, trailing Brown by four seats and went on to get within three seats. By the half way point, the Bears had a five seat lead and extended out to a full length lead by the end of the race.
The Bears depth was further solidified with the second novice eight cruising to a ten second win. Brown raced out to a full length lead just 500 meters into the race and never looked back.
Brown raced three boats in the third varsity fours with its "B" boat winning by a full length. Radcliffe's "A" boat came in second while the Bears "A" and "C" boats finished third and fourth respectively. Radcliffe's "B" boat fell well behind, crossing the finish line nearly 25 seconds after Brown's last boat.
The Bears will host Rutgers next Saturday on the Seekonk River.
Junior Varsity Eight
Second Novice Eight
Third Varsity Four