Worcester, Mass. – The Brown men's crew pulled off a fantastic upset on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday afternoon, downing the highly-touted favorite, Harvard, in the varsity eight race by just over thee-tenths of a second to come away victorious at the 67th annual Eastern Associate of Rowing College (EARC) Sprints. With the victory, the Bears claimed the Marc Bergschneider Ivy League Championship Trophy, snapping Harvard's two-year reign at the top of the conference.
This is Bruno's first Ivy League Championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
"From the beginning of this season I have really enoyed working with this group and although we had some tough early losses we have maintaind a great team mindset of being steady and resilent," said head coach Paul Cooke. "I think that early turmoil really helped us out today. We had a determined race, chasing Harvard the whole way and I thought that our student-athletes put it all out there this afternoon."
Brown's impressive showing in the varsity eight race handed the Crimson its first loss of the season and its second fault in its past 36 contests.
The Bears and Crimson separated themselves from the field in the V8 race and finished over 10 seconds ahead of third-place Wisconsin. In the end Brown came out on top in a close contest, crossing the line in 5:49.6, to Harvard's 5:49.9.
2012 EARC Sprints Varsity Eight Grand Final Video
Bruno also took the top spot in the third varsity eight race with an impressive showing, toping second-place Wisconsin by over three seconds.
The Bears varsity four added a second-place finish to its banner day, crossing the line in 6:08.5, just under a half-second faster than Navy's heavyweight four.
Brown's second varsity eight boat advanced to the grand finals and finished fourth overall, over three second's off the pace of Wisconsin. The Bears finished the race in 6:00.7, five-tenths of second behind third-place Princeton.
The Bears freshman eight also placed fourth overall in the grand final with a time of 6:10.1.