Oct. 1, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The men's and women's crew teams held an alumni gathering and boat dedication last weekend at the Marston boathouse, recognizing the impact that Albin Moser '67 has had on the Brown community as a whole and the sport of rowing. A new boat was dedicated to Moser, who competed for Brown as a rower during his time on campus, and has remained heavily involved in the sport for both Brown and Providence. His influence has helped keep the sport alive in the city, and he currently helps run the premier rowing organization in the region, the Narragansett Boat Club.
"Albin Moser has been a terrific influence on both Brown Crew and the local rowing community for many years, and we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize and thank him for that," head men's coach Paul Cooke said. "He is a model for all of our current rowers and I am delighted that the Brown Crew has a boat named for Albin in recognition of all the people he has helped over the years."
Several prominent alums returned for both teams, highlighted by Luke Cunningham '01. While an oarsman at Brown Cunningham won Eastern Sprints and the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in 2000, capping off one of the best seasons in recent history for the Bears. The women also had a number of graduates back, and were able to get a tune up race in with their current athletes.
"For the first time ever we have an alumni boat racing in the Champ 8 at the Head of the Charles," associate women's head coach Phoebe Murphy said. "The rowers who will be competing in that came to the alum row in their lineup and gave our current varsity some fierce competition. We are proud to report that all six boats that we launched raced with the signature Brown Women's Crew determination and pride."
Both teams will be in action later this month as they kick off the fall season. The men will lead off as they travel to Rochester on October 12 to compete in the Head of the Genesee, where they will face Ivy rival Yale. Both the men and women will then make the trip to Boston on the following weekend to take part in the prestigious Head of the Charles, where they will see some of the top collegiate crews in the country as well as a number of elite boats.