Brown Oarsmen Set For 2006 Spring Slate

March 23, 2006

Providence, RI - Entering his fifth year the helm, Head Coach Paul Cooke '89 is anticipating a very successful season for the Brown men's crew in 2006. The Bears will race one of the toughest schedules in the country with four of their five dual races against crews ranked in the top six in the nation last year. With strong performances in the fall, Cooke is confident Brown will be more than capable of competing with the top crews in the country. Among the Bears' highlights from the fall season was a top three finish among colleges at the Head of the Charles and a second place finish at the Tail of the Charles.

The Bears will be led by junior captains Dave Coughlin (Havertown, PA) and Ben Harrison (Dedham, MA) along with senior coxswain Patrick Yu (Birmingham, AL) and senior Steve Van Knotsenburg (Beausille, Ontario), who comes off a summer training with the Canadian National Squad. Harrison finished second in the collegiate event at the CRASH B indoor rowing championships.

Last year's Eastern Sprints winning freshman crew adds youth and excitement to the team as sophomores Colin Keogh (Greenwich, CT), Jamie Marcus (Dover, MA), Chris Greene (Cincinnati, OH), Paul Strombom (Seattle, WA), Garrett Kirk (Boston, MA) and Ryan McShane (Eugene, OR) will all be contenders to make the jump to varsity this season.

Coach Cooke will also look to junior Joe Donahue (Shrewsbury, MA), who stoked last year's varsity, to make an impact as well as juniors Sam Searle (Truro, Nova Scotia) and Evan Panich (Marblehead, MA).

Freshman coach Luke McGee '01, who led both first-year crews to undefeated dual seasons last year, will guide a competitive group of newcomers this season. Averaging 6'4", the freshman crews will be a big and powerful bunch, headlined by standouts Gareth Seymour (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Armen Taylor (Seattle, WA) and Sean Medcalf (Philadelphia, PA).

Brown will embark on its competitive dual season on April 8, as it hosts three-time defending national champion Harvard on the Seekonk River. The Bears will also face Princeton, Northeastern, Boston University and Dartmouth in their other dual races. The annual Eastern Sprint Championships will be held on May 21 in Worcester, MA while the IRA Regatta will begin June 1.