May 27, 2009

Bears Win Three Races in Boston

May 27, 2009

Boston, MA - The Brown men's crew won three of their four races against Boston University on Wednesday morning, highlighted by an emphatic victory in the second varsity eight. The Bears also took wins in the freshman eight and varsity four, though the Terriers reclaimed the Vic Michaelson Cup by taking the varsity eight.

The first eights led off the morning, rowing in cold, wet conditions on the Charles River. Brown and Boston came off the line together, rowing neck and neck for the first 300 meters. However, the Terriers slowly began to edge out, taking a four-seat lead by the midway point of the race. Though Bruno continued to fight until the end, Boston held on to win with a time of 5:45.2, while Brown crossed the line at 5:48.3.

Next up was the second varsity eight, which successfully turned the momentum back in favor of Brown. With a lineup of, from bow, Dan Aziz, Gavin Crynes, Zack Gazzaniga, Jim McLaughlin, Mike Snyder, Gareth Seymour, Brendan Nolan, stroke Sean Medcalf and coxswain Katie Evans, the Bears came off the line matching Boston stroke for stroke. Though initially neither could break free, Bruno took a powerful move as the boats crossed under the bridge at 1000 meters, and quickly began pulling away. The Terriers looked as though they may have gone out too hard, and faded away down the stretch, finishing well behind Brown. The Bears finished with an impressive time of 5:50.9, while Boston came in at 6:00.2.

The freshmen then took center stage, as the novice eights squared off in the final event against BU. Though the Terriers again went out hard in an effort to hang with Brown, the Bears were able to pull away early and maintain a healthy advantage for most of the race, going on to win with a time of 6:00.0, also edging Boston's second varsity in the process. BU's freshmen crossed the line at 6:08.2.

Finally, the varsity four took on the MIT crew over the same course. Though there were no official times given by MIT, Brown once again took a relatively easy win. The Bears pulled away off the start line, and had open water by the midway point, allowing them to ease off somewhat on the rating and cruise to the victory, ending the day on a positive note for Brown.

The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Sacramento to compete at the IRA National Championships, which will take place from June 4-6.