April 18, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Brown women's crew dominated Boston University in the annual Arlene Gorton Cup on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the Terriers on the Seekonk River. Highlighting the day was an emphatic win in the varsity eight, as the Bears took a 12-second victory, crossing the line in an impressive 6:18.52.
Leading off the day with the freshman eight, Bruno quickly set the tone for the rest of the day. Despite their youth, the rookies handled a fairly strong tailwind easily, finishing in 6:49. Boston University came in well afterwards, crossing the line at 7:23. Brown then followed with another solid win, as the second varsity eight took a 19-second win. Despite racing against an incoming tide, the second eight turned in a time of 6:28, two seconds better than Boston's first boat.
The action then turned to the first varsity eight, where Brown quickly pulled away for a strong win. The Terriers came across trailing by 12 seconds, finishing at 6:30. Wrapping up the day, both teams brought out the fours, as the tide shifted outward. In the first race, Brown's "D" and "E" boats squared off against Boston's second four, with both Brown boats coming in ahead of the Terriers. Brown "D" took first, crossing the line at 7:29. The "E" boat was not far behind, at 7:39, with Boston University third at 7:46.
The final race of the day featured Brown's "A", "B", and "C" fours facing off against Boston's first boat, and once again the Bears came out on top, claiming the top three spots. The "A" boat was first with an impressive time of 7:06, followed by the "B" and "C" squads at 7:07 and 7:17 respectively. The Terriers then came in at 7:22, trailing the final Brown boat by five seconds, and giving the Bears a sweep on the day.
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they have their second and final home regatta of the season, hosting Cornell and Columbia.