March 20, 2014

Men’s Crew Opens Season at Yale on Saturday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's crew returns to the water in the season opener on Saturday, March 22 when the Bears visit Ivy League rival Yale on the Housatonic River at 9 a.m.

Saturday Morning Schedule
1V - 9 am
JV/1F - 9:20 am
3V/4V - 9:40 am 

Looking Back at 2013
Brown is coming off another impressive season after the Bears claimed third place in the varsity eight grand final at the 2013 IRA National Championship in Sacramento. Additionally, the second varsity and freshman eight placed second overall, while a total of four boats earned medals. Brown racked up 182 points to finish second behind Washington in the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, awarded to the school with the most team points. It marked the program's highest point total since the IRA Regatta officially decided the sport's national collegiate championship in 1997. Brown joined Washington and California as the only three programs to advance all five boats to the grand finals. The Bears also placed second at EARC Sprints, and dropped a narrow tiebreaker with Harvard in team points, but picked up victories in the second and third varsity events. 

Brown In The Fall
The varsity eight captured seventh overall at the Head of the Charles Regatta, finishing third fastest among all collegiate crews, while outpacing reigning national champion Washington. The freshman boat retained the Club 8+title in highly impressive fashion, setting a new course record with a time of 14:26.7, finishing over 14 seconds faster than last year's record setting squad. Brown also defended its titles at the Head of the Genesee, and competed at the Head of the Housatonic and the Tail of the Charles. 

Brown vs. Yale
Brown captured a season-opening victory over Yale last spring on the Seekonk River in the most recent meeting between the two Ivy League rivals. Brown posted a time of 5:25.5 while Yale crossed at 5:27.0 in the varsity eight. Brown also picked up wins in the second varsity and third varsity races. 

Up Next
After Yale, the Bears return to action on Saturday, March 29 when they visit Boston University in a battle for the Michalson Cup.