April 27, 2003

Bear Rowers Cruise Past Cornell and Columbia

April 27, 2003

The Brown women's varsity crew won its third straight easy victory Saturday on the Seekonk, this one over Columbia and Cornell crews. But the Brown varsity will be in against the iron Sunday morning when they race Radcliffe, ranked No. 1 in the East and No. 3 in the Nation, on the Charles River at Cambridge.

The Brown-Radcliffe regatta was scheduled for April 5 but postponed because of stormy weather.

Brown head coach John Murphy sees the race as a great opportunity for his oarswomen to move up in the eastern rankings. The Brown women have one more regatta next Saturday with Yale and Northeastern at Derby, Ct. before beginning preparations for the women's eastern sprints May 18 at Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The Brown second varsity yielded to lead to a bigger Cornell crew a minute into their race but then regained the advantage with a power 10 in the second 500 and moved away from there. All the other Brown crews took the lead off the line and never relinquished it.

With an eye on the NCAA championships at the end of May, John Murphy and his assistant, Phoebe Murphy, will have four members of the novice eight: Debroah Dryer, Gilliam Almy,Katie Reynolds and Kaitlin Masarie, with coxswain Mira Mehta do double duty today. They'll row in the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked first novice eight and they'll also comprise the lineup for the varsity four.

There is no freshman eights competition at the NCAA championships but using freshmen in the varsity fours lineup has paid off handsomely for Brown, particularly last year when three freshmen and a sophomore rowed to victory in the fours race, giving Brown a head start toward the team championship.

The times:

Varsity eights: Brown, 6:21.39; Columbia, 6:30.55; Cornell, 6:33.85.

Second varsity: Brown, 6:24.75; Cornell, 6:30.11; Columbia, 6:40.79.

Varsity fours: Brown, 7:16.44; Cornell 1, 7:20.70; Cornell 2, 7:25.46; Columbia, 7:54.52.

First novice eights: Brown, 6:30.67; Cornell, 6:45.91; Columbia, 7:23.06.

Second novice fours: Brown, 7:41.85; Cornell, 7:49.26