May 2, 2009
Princeton, N.J. - For the second consecutive weekend, the men's crew took to the road and won a relatively easy victory over Ivy League opposition, as the Bears swept Princeton on Lake Carnegie. Brown's varsity eight was particularly impressive, taking a nine-second win over the Tigers and continuing to round into championship form. With the win, Brown wraps up the dual season with a superb 4-1 overall record.
In the first event of the day, Brown's second freshman eight squared off against Princeton's third varsity, in a race that appeared to favor the Tigers. However, the young Bears came through with an outstanding race, crossing the line in 6:22.7, just a second and a half off of the Princeton varsity eight's time. The second freshman boat won their event by a solid four second margin, setting a positive tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Though the freshman eight race was scheduled to go off second, Brown had breakage just five strokes into the race, forcing the rookies to be pushed to the end of the regatta. As a result, the second varsity eights stepped up to take center stage, with Brown once again taking a decisive win. The Bears went 6:07.7, the fastest time of the day for any boat, followed by Princeton at 6:22.9.
The action then turned to the varsity eights, which turned out to be relatively close at nine seconds. Brown jumped off the line early, and continued to open up a lead on Princeton, despite several attempted moves by the Tigers. Bruno crossed the line at 6:12.8, followed by Princeton at 6:21.2.
"Today was a really good row for the guys, and we felt like we took a good step forward today," said head coach Paul Cooke '89. "Both the athletes and the coaching staff are looking forward to next weekend."
In the final event of the day, Brown's freshman eight took an easy victory over the Tigers. Bruno once again jumped out to a big lead early in the race, and held on to win by 17 seconds, with times of 6:22.6 and 6:39.3 respectively.
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to participate in the EARC Championships on Sunday afternoon.