November 22, 2006

Bears Take Second at Foot of the Charles Regatta

Nov. 22, 2006

Boston, MA - The Brown men's varsity fours crew finished second to Harvard's boat during the annual Foot of the Charles Regatta with a time of 13:14.0. The Bears defeated both Northeastern and Boston University's best fours over the 2.5 mile course.

The Bears entered six fours in the varsity event, which ran from the MIT Bouthouse to the Harvard Boathouse. Brown's top four of sophomore coxswain Rob O'Leary (Fayetteville, NY), senior stroke Joe Donahue (Shrewsbury, MA) , senior Dave Coughlin (Havertown, PA), senior Ben Harrison (Dedham, MA) and junior Ryan McShane (Eugene, OR) started second, just behind Harvard and pressed early, but the Crimson was able to move out in the second half of the race for the win.

Brown's six fours finished in second, fifth, seventh, 14th, 21st and 24th out of the 39 competitors at the Foot/Tail of the Charles. "There was room to improve, but it was our best finish since we started attending the race five years ago," said Brown men's crew coach Paul Cooke. "It has been our best fall since the 1999-2000 season as we clearly have a much deeper squad than we have had in years.

The Brown freshman first eight crew finished second in its race, losing to Northeastern by three seconds, but beat Harvard's first eight by one second. The freshman crew showed significant improvement from its race at the Head of the Charles a few weeks earlier.