October 14, 2008

Brown Crew Wraps Up Strong Weekend

Oct. 14, 2008

Providence, R.I. - The Brown men's crew wrapped up a terrific weekend of racing on Sunday, as they captured first and second place at the Head of the Genesee in the varsity 8, as both the first and second boats beat Ivy rival Yale's A crew. The Bears also took first place in the varsity four, and the freshmen took first and fourth in their event at the Head of the Housatonic on Saturday.

"Our whole varsity squad really enjoyed the trip to Rochester," assistant coach Judah Rome said. "It has been a lot of fun throughout the years and this season was no exception. All of our crews raced well, and we're happy to have started the season on a winning note as we get ready for the Charles this weekend."

Brown's varsity eight led off the morning head race portion of the Genesee, and established themselves as the favorite right away. The first boat took an almost insurmountable lead over Yale, finishing the morning 19 seconds ahead. In fact, the closest challenger to Brown A was Brown B, as the second eight came in at 15:07 for the head race, 11 seconds behind the first boat.

The afternoon saw more of the same as the action continued with a 1500 meter sprint. With the two Brown eights paired up in the two-lane sprint and already holding comfortable leads, it became a battle of Bears for first. Although they needed only to hold their position to ensure a win, both eights put on a terrific performance and increased the margin of victory even further. With an impressive time of 4:21, Brown A was able to take the race, and finished 18 seconds ahead of Brown B overall. The next closest competitor, Yale, was a surprising 30 seconds behind Brown's first boat.

Brown's varsity four followed a similar pattern, as they ran away with the morning head race with a time of 16:55, a full 16 seconds ahead of second place Yale A. The Bears also easily took the afternoon portion, and finished with a 23 second margin of victory over Yale. The Brown B four also had a solid day, finishing in fourth place.

Racing in the more conventionally formatted Head of the Housatonic, the Brown freshmen also had a solid debut to their season. Newcomer Kyle Beatty (Sharon, CT) stroked Brown A to a 13-second win with a time of 13:06, while Ari Resnick (Minneapolis, MN) and Brown B crossed the line in 4th at 13:46.

"Our first eight rowed an aggressive race and we were really happy with their results," freshmen coach Joe Donahue said. "Both boats turned in a good performance and got our season off to a strong start. I was especially impressed with the way that the second boat rowed, and how close they were able to stay with our first eight."

The Bears will be in action again this weekend, when they will travel to Boston to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday and Sunday.