Bears Finish Fifth In Team Competition at IRA Regatta

June 7, 2008

Cherry Hill, NJ - After advancing three boats to the grand finals, the Brown men's crew placed fifth in the team standings at the 2008 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River in New Jersey on Saturday. The Bears' second varsity eight, freshman eight, and varsity four with coxswain advanced to the grand finals, with the first-years turning in the team's top finish by coming in fifth.

The Bears' varsity eight, ranked third in the nation entering the weekend, finished second in the petite final with a time of 5:41.764. That time would have been good for fourth in the grand final, however, the Bears rowed a 5:43.980 on Friday in the semifinals, missing a spot in the top six boats by just .395.

The second varsity eight was able to row a 5:52.298 on Saturday, placing sixth in the grand final. The freshman boat rowed a 5:47.378 for its fifth-place finish, rounding out the eights.

The varsity four with coxswain led the Bears' efforts in the fours, rowing a 6:35.563 in the grand final to place sixth. The varsity four without coxswain won the petite final with a time of 6:34.072, while the freshman four rowed 6:52.455 to place third in the third final. The varsity two rowed to fifth in the petite final at 7:23.302.

In other action at the Regatta, the Brown entry in the Masters Eight finished second to Cornell in a time of 6:59.649. Washington won the team title with 214 points, followed by California (207), Wisconsin (191), Harvard (157), and Brown (150). Wisconsin won the Varsity Eight title in a time of 5:31.173.

Full results from the Regatta can be found here, while team standings are here.

Rosters of the Brown boats are listed below:

V8
Cox: Rob O'Leary
Stroke: Scott Morgan
7: Colin Keogh
6: Gareth Seymour
5: Ben Duggan
4: Cole Bonner
3: Matt Wheeler
2: Chris Greene
Bow: Paul Strombom

2V8
Cox: Devin Wilmot
Stroke: Greg Stepina
7: Armen Taylor
6: Nick Ritter
5: Garrett Kirk
4: Sean Medcalf
3: Ryan McShane
2: Gavin Crynes
Bow: Christian Crynes

F8
Cox: Erin Alpert
Stroke: George Brennan
7: Brendan Nolan
6: Brent Mylrea
5: Dan Aziz
4: Chris Bowman
3: Jim McLaughlin
2: Matt See
Bow: Geoff Martin

V4+
Cox: Katie Evans
Stroke: Mike Snyder
3: Edward O'Neal
2: James Rowan
Bow: Zack Gazzaniga

V4-
Stroke: Jeremy Stricsek
3: Jamie Marcus
2: Phil Hooper
Bow: Isa Abdur-Rahman

V2-
Stroke: Sam Goldman
Bow: Jeff Hofmann

F4+
Cox: Maximilian Barrows
Stroke: Colin Murphy
3: James Saraidaridis
2: Bill Koutrakos
Bow: Vincent Pham