May 8, 2005

#6 Bears Take Three of Four Races Against Boston University In Regular Season Finale

May 8, 2005

Cambridge, MA - The sixth ranked Brown men's crew took three out of four races from the Boston University Terriers on the Charles River on Saturday. The Bears' varsity eight powered through the chop on the Charles in the rain and wind, taking a three-length victory over the Terriers.

Boston University, which had soundly beaten Wisconsin a week ago, was no match for Brown, which was out to protect their sixth-place ranking in the national poll, conducted each week by coaches in the Eastern Association of Rowing.

"I wanted them to row with poise in the conditions and pay attention to the second thousand, where I knew it would be rough," said Head Coach Paul Cooke. "We'd been working on building their confidence and being aggressive and that showed up."

The Brown varsity should be seeded no worse than sixth for next Sunday's Eastern Sprint Championships in Worcester, MA. "I'm excited about the sprints," Cooke said. "They've improved a lot in the course of the season and they're starting to believe they can compete with the top crews."

All Brown crews, except the second varsity, won their races. The first and second freshman crews are both unbeaten this season.

Varsity Eight
Brown-5:50.6
Boston University-6:00.3

Second Varsity Eight
Boston University-6:13.4
Brown-6:22.8

First Freshman Eight
Brown-6:01
Boston University-6:17

Second Freshman Eight
Brown-6:21
Boston University-6:32