Men’s Crew Finishes Sixth at National Championship

Men’s Crew Finishes Sixth at National Championship

Recaps: Friday | Saturday

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown University men's crew placed sixth overall in the varsity eight grand final as the Bears completed competition at the IRA National Championship on a windy Sunday to conclude the three-day regatta on Lake Mercer.

Brown reached the grand finals of the national championship for the tenth-straight season, while Yale captured the national title for the second time in as many years. Washington was awarded the Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, given to the school with the most team points. Brown placed seventh in the team standings.  

The varsity eight grand final opened the morning after the racing schedule was revised due to impending thunderstorms, as all crews battled a strong headwind and choppy conditions. In addition, Brown's second varsity boat won the petite final and the third varsity took third in the petite final. The varsity four races scheduled for later in the morning were cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.

"We had crews come out and do a really nice job, the JV handled the conditions really well and it was great to see them coming off with smiles on their faces after that tough semi yesterday," said head coach Paul Cooke. "The three also bounced back nicely and the varsity really raced well all year. It's a young group and we've shown that we have the speed to really compete at this level."

In the first race of the day, the varsity eight grand final for the national championship, the Bears lined up against Washington, California, Yale, Harvard and Princeton. Yale came out with an aggressive lead and emerged with a three-seat distance over Washington at 500 meters, followed by California, while Princeton, Harvard and Brown were all close behind. Yale established a seven-seat advantage at the midway point and held the lead all the way to finish line at 6:01.648 to repeat as national champions. Washington and Cal claimed silver and bronze respectively, while Brown crossed in sixth place. 

Brown won the second varsity petite final in a time of 6:47.053 for seventh place overall. Dartmouth used an aggressive start to maintain a three-seat lead at 500 meters, but Bruno moved past the Big Green over the next 500 meters for a controlled four-seat advantage at the halfway mark. The Bears moved out to a full length over the field at 1,500 meters and cruised to victory at 6:47.053.

The Bears claimed third place in the third varsity petite final for ninth place overall as the wind continued to pick up over the course of the morning. Princeton steadily increased its lead during the race before crossing in first place over Dartmouth and Brown, as the Bears held off Syracuse for the top-three finish.

Brown's varsity four was scheduled to compete in the petite final, but racing was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Sunday Results
V8 – Grand Final
1          YALE - 6:01.648
2          WASHINGTON - 6:04.337
3          CALIFORNIA - 6:08.911
4          HARVARD - 6:10.717
5          PRINCETON - 6:11.161
6          BROWN - 6:14.272 

2V – Petite Final
1          BROWN - 6:47.053
2          BU - 6:51.619
3          SYRACUSE - 6:53.505
4          DARTMOUTH - 6:54.468
5          WISCONSIN - 7:01.125
6          CORNELL - 7:02.565 

3V – Petite Final
1          PRINCETON - 7:09.806
2          DARTMOUTH - 7:16.988
3          BROWN - 7:26.394
4          SYRACUSE - 7:31.604
5          WISCONSIN - 7:39.624
6          CORNELL - 7:50.726 

Team Standings
Washington – 211
Yale – 199
California – 196
Harvard – 186
Princeton – 158
Northeastern – 155
Brown – 143
Boston University – 131
Syracuse – 122
Dartmouth – 119
Wisconsin – 91
Cornell – 79
Stanford – 40
Penn – 25
Navy – 20
FIT – 15
St. Joseph's – 10
George Washington – 5
Oregon State – 0
Temple – 0
Cal San Diego – 0
Bates – 0
Marist – 0
San Diego - 0