Men’s Crew Downs BU to Retain Michalson Cup

BOSTON – The Brown men's crew picked up multiple victories, finishing the day with a win by the varsity eight, as the Bears topped Boston University on Saturday to defend the Michalson Cup. The Bears claimed victories in the freshman eight, third varsity, and varsity eight races.

Brown enjoyed a quick start in the varsity eight and both crews traded seats through a bumpy Charles River basin going into the midway point of the 2,000-meter course.  Seniors Morgan Gerlak (Baltimore, Md.), Quinten Richardson (Vancouver, British Columbia), Bailey Willis (Seattle, Wash.), Ian Connor (Arlington, Mass.) and coxswain William Quirk (Rumson, N.J.) began their charge and extended it to a full length by the finish line. Brown crossed at 5:48.2 and BU finished in 5:51.2.

In the second varsity race, BU built an early lead of five seats through the 1,000-meter mark, where the Bears began a furious charge led by sophomore coxswain Pranay Bose (Lexington, Mass.). Over the final half of the course, Brown stormed back to nearly level with BU at the line, but no one seemed to know who crossed first. After reviewing the footage, the finish line officials determined that BU crossed less than a third of a second ahead of Brown, 5:49.1 to 5:49.4.

BU did not enter a freshman boat this spring, so the Brown Freshman Eight rowed in the third varsity race along with the Brown 3V and the BU 3V. The race was tight for the opening 500 meters, as the Brown freshman built a slim three-seat lead over the Brown 3V, but by the finish line both Brown boats extended their distance over the BU crew and secured the victory. The Brown 1F won at 6:02.7, followed by the Brown 3V finished just behind in 6:03.4, and BU crossed a second back at 6:04.4.

BU displayed their depth in the 4V/5V race, covering the course in 6:08.1 and 6:09.4, respectively, ahead of Brown's 4V in 6:23.3.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 5 when they visit the defending national champion Washington.

RESULTS

First Varsity Eight
1. Brown - 5:48.2
2. BU - 5:51.2 

Second Varsity Eight
1. BU - 5:49.1
2. Brown - 5:49.4 

Third Varsity/First Freshman
1. Brown 1F - 6:02.76
2. Brown 3V - 6:03.47
3. BU - 3V - 6:04.43

Fourth/Fifth Varsity Eight
1. BU 4V - 6:08.12
2. BU 5V - 6:09.47
3. Brown - 6:23.34