Men’s Crew Finishes Sixth at IRA National Championship

Men’s Crew Finishes Sixth at IRA National Championship

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown University men's crew placed sixth in the varsity eight grand final to close out the third and final day of competition at the IRA National Championship regatta Sunday at Mercer Lake. 

Brown advanced to the varsity grand finals for the eighth-straight season, the race that officially determines the national champion. California captured the title in the varsity eight by knocking off five-time defending national champion Washington. Brown also took fourth in the third varsity grand finals, while the second varsity finished third in the petite finals.

The Bears finished sixth in the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, awarded to the school with the most team points, while Cal took home the team championship.

"The guys have done great things this year, battled through situations and found their way into the grand finals in the varsity and as a team in sixth," said head coach Paul Cooke. "From a coaching standpoint, there's definitely a strength of character and resilience, in the way we've seen the guys perform over the course of the year, stand up in key moments and represent Brown well."

Due to a poor weather forecast, the race times were moved up to a 7 AM start. The final day opened with the varsity eight grand final in a race to determine the national champion. Brown hit the water against five-time defending national champion Washington, as well as California, and fellow Ivies Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Yale race out to a quick start with Cal and Washington not far behind, but the Golden Bears eventually moved into first place at 400 meters. Cal continued to improve and established a seven-seat lead at 750 meters, setting up a victory at 5:38.71. Brown finished sixth in the national championship with a time of 5:55.77.

In the third varsity grand final, all six boats were even straight across after 200 meters, before Princeton and Harvard inched out for a lead at 500 meters with Brown and Washington fighting for third. Washington then moved past Bruno for third place as the Bears dropped back to about a half-length back from the top trio. Princeton had a two-seat lead over Harvard with 750 meters remaining and held on for the win at 5:54.92. Brown crossed in fourth place with a time of 6:03.71.

Brown placed third in the second varsity petite final for ninth overall. Cornell jumped out with a two-seat lead over Yale, while Bruno was close behind in third followed by Northeastern in fourth. Yale managed to pass Cornell during the second half of the race for the winning time of 5:53.44, before Brown crossed at 5:56.62.

The varsity four placed fourth in the third final, crossing in a time of 6:48.20.

Sunday Results
MV8 GF
1          CALIFORNIA - 5:38.710
2          YALE - 5:40.700
3          PRINCETON - 5:41.880
4          WASHINGTON - 5:44.460
5          HARVARD - 5:51.870
6          BROWN - 5:55.770 

M3V8 GF
1          PRINCETON - 5:54.920
2          HARVARD - 5:56.680
3          WASHINGTON - 5:57.120
4          BROWN - 6:03.710
5          CALIFORNIA - 6:06.930
6          BU - 6:10.250 

M2V8 PF
1          YALE - 5:53.440
2          CORNELL - 5:55.930
3          BROWN - 5:56.620
4          NORTHEASTERN - 6:00.510
5          COLUMBIA - 6:04.500
6          PENNSYLVANIA - 6:06.570 

MV4 3F
1          WASHGTON COL - 6:44.990
2          COLUMBIA - 6:46.610
3          NAVY - 6:47.960
4          BROWN - 6:48.200
5          MARIST - 6:49.010
6          JACKSONVILLE - 6:58.330 

Team Championship Points
University of California – Berkeley - 205.0
Princeton University - 202.0
Harvard University - 193.0
University of Washington - 189.0
Yale University - 163.0
Brown University - 150.0
Boston University - 126.0
Cornell University - 107.0
U.S. Naval Academy - 105.0
University of Wisconsin - 101.0
Northeastern University - 96.0
University of Pennsylvania - 88.0
Columbia - 82.0
Dartmouth College - 70.0
Drexel University - 58.0
Stanford University - 55.0
Syracuse University - 52.0
George Washington University - 49.0
Oregon State - 42.0
Temple - 39.0
FIT - 15.0
Hobart - 8.0
Oklahoma City University - 0.0
Santa Clara - 0.0