Camden, N.J. – The Brown Bears won each of its heats in morning session to advance their varsity 8, second varsity, third varsity, varsity four A and varsity four B to the grand finals of the 2011 EAWRC Sprints. Brown's V4B took first overall, while its V8, 3V8 and V4A took second and its 2V8 placed third to help Bruno to a second-place finish. Princeton took the overall title.
What was thought to be a long day of thunderstorms on the Cooper River turned out to be a beautiful day, as crews welcomed prime conditions of flat water and very low winds.
The Bears started off the afternoon session strong as its second varsity four boat took the overall title with an impressive time of 7:29.86, almost 10 seconds faster than second-place Cornell.
Brown's 3V8 boat started off a series of battles with Princeton in the afternoon as the Tigers edged the Bears for first place. The third varsity eight crew finished with a time of 6:40.69.
In the V4A final, the Bears put up an impressive mark of 7:22.02, but were once again trumped by Princeton by just over a length. The story of the race however was the battle between the Bears and defending champion Yale.
Trailing by a length with less than 300 meters to go, Bruno mad e a late charge to top the Bulldogs in a photo finish to take second by .01 seconds.
In one of the closest races of the day, Princeton, Yale, Brown and Dartmouth found themselves battling it out in the final 500 meters of the second varsity eight grand final. The Tigers were able pull away for the win, but once again the Bulldogs and Bears battled for second. This time it was Yale, which narrowly edged Brown, taking second-place by .21 seconds.
The grand finale was a fitting one as the top two teams battled it out for the varsity eight title. Princeton and Brown fought back and forth throughout the race, but Brown's late surge in the final 100 meters came up just short.