Boston, MA – The Brown men's crew retained the Dreissigacker Cup for another season on Saturday afternoon, taking an exciting varsity eight race over Northeastern in 5:40.0, just over a second ahead of the Huskies, who finished in 5:41.4. The Bears also won the second varsity eight and freshman eight races to complete a sweep of Northeastern and continue their impressive start to the season.
“I think our guys are doing a really good job so far this season, and that continued today,” said head coach Paul Cooke. “We still have some work to do to get where we want to be, but we have had some wins against good competition early in the year.”
The varsity eight was the closest event of the day, with both crews crossing the line in the span of a second and a half. Northeastern came out with an aggressive race plan, and jumped out to a three-seat lead coming off the line, holding the margin through the first 500 meters. In the middle of the race though, the Bears found their stride, and settled into a comfortable rhythm, taking long, effective strokes to come back on the Huskies in the tailwind. After Brown moved out to a lead of nearly half a length though, Northeastern found another gear to hold the margin, threatening to come back on the Bears in the final quarter of the race. Bruno continued to row well, however, and held on for the victory in 5:40.0.
In the second varsity eight, the Bears' 2V got out to a terrific start, and continued pulling away down the 2000 meter course, taking an open water victory in 5:56.7. Brown's 3V also turned in a solid performance, rowing a 6:04.6 to take second and edge Northeastern's second boat. The Huskies followed in 6:10.6, while Brown's 4V finished at 6:21.4.
Bruno's freshman eight turned in perhaps its best performance of the season to date, holding its composure despite some choppy conditions and pulling a 6:00.51 to pick up a convincing win over the Huskies. Northeastern's first boat was second in 6:05.6, while the second eight rounded out the field in 6:34.3.
“The freshman eight did a really good job rowing through the middle of the race and holding on for the win,” said Cooke. “This was a big win for them, and a big step forward in the season.”
The Bears will be back in action on April 24, when they host Dartmouth to wrap up their home schedule.