April 11, 2004

Bears Fall to Defending National Champion Harvard

April 11, 2004

The Brown men's crew team dropped to Harvard in Providence Saturday afternoon. With Terrance Kooyker out with mononucleosis, Coach Paul Cooke had to revamp his line for a race against one of the three best crews in collegiate rowing and the defending national champion.

Harvard didn't blow Brown out at the start, with the Bears hanging on for the first 100 meters, slowly slipping back, but still within a length at the thousand. A strong powered team, Harvard took a power ten and kept the beat at 36 strokes a minute all the way to the end.

Cooke thought the second varsity rowed a gutty race, particularly in view of lineup changes and with Dan McEligott rejoining the boat only the day before after having not rowed for the previous two weeks. Brown couldn't hold the two Harvard boats through the body of the race but made a very strong finish in the last 300 meters, almost catching the Harvard 3V.

The Brown second freshman rowed a beautiful, controlled race in a strong cross wind and put the Harvard crew away with a sustained push in the last 500 meters, marking the first Brown victory over a Harvard boat since 2000.

A very big and powerful crew, the Harvard first freshman made a powerful start, leading by open water after 500 meters. The Bears had a length of open at the 1000 meter mark, but the Crimson freshman hung in, giving up very little ground in the last 1000 meters.