February 23, 2009

Bears Take First and Second At C.R.A.S.H.-B's

Feb. 23, 2009

Boston, MA - The Brown men's crew wrapped up an outstanding day of competition at C.R.A.S.H.-B's over the weekend, as junior Scott Morgan (Palo Alto, CA) and senior Matt Wheeler (Eugene, OR) took first and second in the U-23 division respectively, with both going under the prestigious six minute mark.

C.R.A.S.H.-B's is a one-day series of simulated races, performed on rowing machines, and unlike many crew events, allows individual rowers a chance to take the spotlight. Morgan and Wheeler took advantage of that, as they went 5:57.2 and 5:58.3 respectively over the 2000-meter course. A time of under six minutes is generally considered to be a mark reserved for elite athletes. The duo took fourth and fifth overall in the Open Men's category, but were beat out only by national team members from France and Estonia, making them the top finishers in the Under-23 group.

A number of other rowers had terrific tests of their own, as many team members set personal bests at the event, including Wheeler. It was also the first exposure to the competition for many of the freshmen, who showed their mettle by putting up a number of impressive times.

"In general it was a really good day for the team," assistant coach Judah Rome said. "A lot of guys had personal bests and the freshman showed that they are able to perform well under the pressure of a big event. It is a great way to start the spring season; the guys took a strong first step."

The Bears will kick off their spring season on March 28, when they host Yale at the Marston Boathouse.