April 19, 2003

Men's Crew Drops Close First Varsity Race To Northeastern After Sweeping First Three Races

April 19, 2003

Providence, RI - Brown's revamped varsity lineup rowed a strong race against Northeastern on the Seekonk River Saturday, Apr. 19, but couldn't make up for Northeastern's strong push in the middle part of the race and lost to the Huskies by 1.2 seconds, about a third of a length.

Northeastern led by six seats halfway through the race, but Brown, with a strong sprint cut that lead down significantly in the last 30 strokes.

After last week's one-sided loss to Harvard, varsity coach Paul Cooke brought three new men-Sophomore Arden Beddoes (Ottawa, ONT), senior Charles Pollak (Beaufort, SC) and junior Eric Sumberg (Norwalk, CT) up to the varsity.

Cooke was encouraged by the showing of the new lineup. "We're getting there,'' he said. "Obviously we were against different competition this week, but I thought we raced a lot better. We looked more aggressive. You learn a lot from a race like this. You learn how much each stroke matters and you learn to concentrate more under pressure.''

Northeastern's coach John Pojednic had some complimentary things to say about the Bears. "I saw the Brown crew race Harvard last week,'' he said. "I think the crew they had today was much, much faster.''

The other Brown crews won their races easily. Freshmen coach Matt Carlson made two changes in his lineup after last Saturday's loss to Harvard and thought his crew rowed "with a stronger rhythm,'' and was "more aggressive.''

The frosh look like good bets to make the grand finals of the Eastern Sprints at Worcester May 11.

Times:
Open Fours: Brown, 6:36; Northeastern, 7:01.14
Freshman Eights: Brown, 5:41.4; Northeastern, 5:52.5
Second Varsity Eights: Brown, 5; Northeastern, 5;46.3
Varsity Eights: Northeastern, 5:27.6; Brown, 5:28.8