March 4, 2004
Returning just two members from last year's varsity 8, the Brown men's crew team will be using the youth of the team to its advantage. The Bears are regrouping and planning to gain experience along the way. "The guys are learning well and are excited to be the next group to do well at Brown," explained Coach Paul Cooke.
The Bears open their spring season April 3rd, when they host Boston University. The team is eagerly awaiting the start of the season, and Cooke is curious as to how much they can accomplish coming off an inconsistent fall season. Last season the team placed 5th in the Eastern Sprints and took a 7th place overall finish at the IRA Regatta.
Coach Cooke will be entering his third season at the helm of Brown's team. Prior to taking the top job at Brown, Cooke served as the school's freshman coach for seven years. He feels that the team is capable of making the finals of the Eastern Sprints and the IRA and of challenging the top crews in the country. He also hopes that the team will build on its 5th place finish among colleges at the Head of the Charles.
This year's team will consist of 13 seniors, nine juniors, 13 sophomores and 19 freshman. Leading the senior pack will be captain Alejandro Mendoza (Miami, FL) and newly named captain Andrew Keats (Ventura, CA) who has shown great potential.
Coach Cooke will also be looking to junior Terrance Kooyker (Far Hills, NJ), Alex Hurtado (Seattle, WA) and Arden Beddoes (Otttawa, ONT) who will move up from JV this season, and sophomores Sam Cates (Portland, OR), and Nate Albrecht (Hillsboro, OR) to race in the top boat.
Last season, the Brown squad finished with a 4-3 record. Bruno also took a fifth place finish at the Eastern Sprints and a seventh place finish at the IRA Regatta. This season Cooke feels the team has the potential to make the finals in both events and can win a medal in one, or both.
This year the Bears will be competing against Ivy League competitors Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton as well as Boston University and Northeastern. Coach Cooke feels that the dual races against both Harvard and Princeton will be the toughest competition this season, and that Washington will also be a tough competitor at the IRA's.
In pre-season competition, freshman Ben Harrison (Boston, MA) and Chris Heim (Seattle, WA) competed in the CRASH-B, finishing with times of 5:59 and 6:01 in the 2000-meter race. A great start for a successful season, coach Cooke feels that good things are happening for the Brown Men's Crew Team, in spite of the amount of changes the squad has seen so far this season.