Providence, RI – The Brown women's crew showed off its terrific depth on Saturday morning on the Seekonk River, beating Yale in four of five events, including two of three scoring races to win the Nat and Anne Case Cup. Yale's lone win came in the varsity eight, where the Bulldogs took the closest race of the day, winning in 6:06.0.
The morning kicked off with the third varsity eight, which saw a tight race off the line. The Bears began to pull away around 250 meters in though, and moved out to six seats of open water by the midway point. Brown continued rowing well through the finish line, crossing with a lead of about a length open, in a time of 6:46.6. Yale finished nine seconds later, coming in at 6:55.6.
Next up was the first scoring race of the day, as the varsity “A” fours took the course. Yale jumped out to a two seat lead off the starting sequence, but the Bears came back strong on the settle, and had open water at 600 meters in. The Bulldogs made several attempted moves to come back, but couldn't make up the difference, as Brown continued pulling away through the finish, coming in at 7:06.2 to edge Yale's 7:10.1.
In the varsity eight, Yale evened the score with a win of its own. The Bulldogs came off the stake boat rowing hard, and took an early four seat lead, which extended to eight seats by 1000 meters in. Brown began pushing hard in the second half though, cutting the deficit in half down the stretch as both boats turned in impressive times. Yale crossed the line in 6:06.0, while the Bears were just behind in 6:08.4.
Brown clinched the cup in the next event, however, the second to last of the morning. The Bears' second varsity eight turned in a very impressive performance, pulling away from Yale quickly, and opening up a lead of two seats open at the halfway point. Brown continued moving away over the second half, winning by over a length open with a time of 6:15.6. The Bulldogs followed in 6:23.0.
Yale appeared ready to grab another win in the final event, the varsity four “B” race, as the Bulldogs jumped out to an early three seat lead over both Brown boats. The Bears gradually began moving back on Yale though, and both the Brown “B” and “C” squads passed the Bulldogs late, finishing in 7:09.8 and 7:13.8 respectively. Yale was the third boat in, crossing the line in 7:17.9.
The Bears will be back in action on May 16, when they travel to Camden, NJ, to compete in the EAWRC Sprints.