PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's crew opened up the spring season with a trio of victories, including a win by the varsity eight, against Ivy League rival Yale in the season opener for both programs on Friday morning on the Seekonk River.
Under sunny skies and relatively calm conditions, the Bears avenged last year's season-opening loss at the hands of the Bulldogs in Connecticut by claiming victories in the varsity eight, second varsity and third varsity races.
"I thought that as a team we did a good job and saw a lot of signs of composure during the races," said head coach Paul Cooke. "It really was a great job by both teams today. It was great to see that we could suffer a deficit early in the races and fight back for the win."
Yale jumped out with a small lead to kick off the varsity eight and held almost a three-seat advantage at the midway point of the 2,000-meter course. Brown started to gain ground from there and the two teams were nearly even at 1,500 meters before the Bears ended in strong fashion for the victory. Brown posted a time of 5:25.5 while Yale crossed at 5:27.0.
In the second varsity race, Yale jumped out to a fast start and led by almost six seats at the 1,000-meter mark. Brown picked it up at that point and moved to take a three-seat lead at 1,500 meters before cruising to a convincing victory at 5:38.0. Yale completed the course in a time of 5:43.3.
Brown's freshman eight, competing in the third varsity race, claimed a victory in a time of 5:42.4, while the Brown 3V and Yale 3V took second and third, respectively, at 5:44.8 and 5:48.1. The freshmen got off to a great start by leading by nearly bow to stern at the midway point before breaking away from the pack. The other two third varsity teams locked horns for the first 1,500 meters until the Bears made a kick during the final 500 meters.
In the opening four-plus, Yale led by almost a full length for the first 1,500 meters. Brown A made a move to pick up the pace, but it was not enough to gain the lead as the Bulldogs won with a time of 6:38.8.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, March 30 when they host Boston University for the battle of the Michalson Cup at 10 a.m.
Brown – 5:25.5
Yale – 5:27.0
Second Varsity Eight
Brown – 5:38.0
Yale – 5:43.3
Third Varsity Eight
Brown Freshman Eight – 5:42.4
Brown Third Varsity – 5:44.8
Yale Third Varsity – 5:48.1
Yale – 6:38.8
Brown A – 6:42.1.
Brown B – 7:06.9