Bears Sweep Foot of the Charles

Nov. 17, 2008

Boston, MA - The women's crew turned in a terrific performance at the Foot of the Charles Regatta this weekend, winning all three events and taking the team title easily. In the regatta, the Bears captured the gold in the V4, Freshman 8, and 3V8, with their first and second boats splitting into fours. The narrowest margin of victory for any of the three boats was seven seconds, and the Bears crossed the finish line an impressive 25 seconds ahead of Boston University in the 3V8 event.

The first race set the tone for the day, as Brown took four of the top 12 spots in the varsity four race, including first and sixth in the two fours comprised of rowers from the varsity eight. Bruno's "A" four crossed the line in 14:15 despite rowing before the tail wind picked up, and was an impressive seven seconds ahead of Radcliffe. Illustrating the tremendous depth that makes the team a perennial NCAA contender, the third and fourth boats finished only 40 seconds behind the first, a much smaller margin than any other team had.

In the second event, the freshmen continued the sweep, placing first and sixth in the freshman eight event. The "A" boat turned in a scorching time of 13:34, the fastest of the day in any event, and crossed the line 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Radcliffe. The "B" boat also turned in a solid performance, coming in at 14:29, and leading the second wave of boats. Brown's second boat beat a number of "A" boats from other schools, including UMass, Northeastern, and Boston College.

With the pressure on to complete the sweep, Brown's 3V8 didn't disappoint, turning in the biggest win of the day with a 25-second advantage over the field. The Bears crossed the line in an impressive 13:49, and only four other boats were within a minute of their time.

The races marked the best team score in school history at the Foot of the Charles, as every boat rowed well in the win. The regatta wraps up the fall season for the Bears, who will resume racing in the spring.