May 2, 2009
Derby, CT - In what has become a spirited rivalry, the Brown women's crew knocked off Yale on Saturday afternoon, retaining possession of the Nat and Anne Case Cup. The racing was highlighted by an extraordinarily close race in the varsity eight, with the Bears taking a victory that was almost too close to call, winning by .1 seconds. With the win, Brown's dual race record improves to 5-1 on the season.
The varsity fours led off the racing, as Brown started the day with a win. Bruno jumped off the line, and took a hard-fought three second win, as the Bears finished at 6:52.9, and Yale came in at 6:55.9. Next up were the second varsity eights, with Bruno again coming up just short, as Yale took a two-second win, with the boats finishing in 6:11.3 and 6:13.5 respectively.
The third race was the marquee event of the day both in stature and competition, as the varsity eights squared off in an intensely battle over the 2000 meter course. Neither boat was able to gain much of an advantage throughout the race, but the Bears had just enough to pull it out in 6:02.0. Yale made an impressive run at the Bears, but came up inches shy, crossing the line at 6:02.1.
Following the eights were the second varsity fours, as the Bulldogs evened up the day with their second win. Yale came in at 6:57.4, while Brown finished in 7:02.7. The third varsity fours followed, with Yale taking a close win, followed by a pair of Brown boats. Rowing in a tailwind, the Bulldogs crossed the line in 7:05.2, followed by Brown "A" at 7:10.7 and Brown "B" at 7:22.3. Brown ended the day on a positive note, however, winning the freshman eight race by three seconds, as the boats finished at 6:23.2 and 6:26.3.
The Bears will be in action again on May 17, when they travel to Camden, New Jersey to compete in the EAWRC Championships.