May 5, 2013

Brown Claims Team Title at 2013 Eastern Sprints Regatta

Boatings

CAMDEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY – The Brown women's crew team returned to College Hill with the Charles G. Willing Jr. Trophy on Sunday afternoon, as the Bears earned the top spot in three of the four events they contested in the 2013 Eastern Sprints Regatta, held on the Cooper River, to win the team competition for the tenth time in the program's history. Competing against some of the best teams on the East Coast, Brown also took second in the varsity eight, falling in a hard-fought race with Ivy League foe Columbia. The Bears' last team title in the Eastern Sprints came in the spring of 2008.

The morning heats belonged to Brown, as each of the team's four crews cruised to the top seeding in the afternoon's grand finals. The varsity eight turned in a time of 7:05.905, earning a convincing win over Boston University in the second of two heats. The second varsity eight also rowed past the Terriers, crossing in 7:10.994. In the first of two heats in the varsity four, Brown motored past Northeastern with a time of 8:20.049, while the 'B' varsity four cruised by the Boston College Eagles in 8:26.321.

The crews returned to the water later in the afternoon to race for the title in each event, and the Bears were victorious on three separate occasions while earning second place in the grand final of the varsity eight. Their combined efforts earned them the team title in this year's regatta.

Competing against squads from Columbia, Boston University, Navy, Northeastern and Buffalo, Brown turned in a time of 7:07.171 to earn runner-up honors in the varsity eight. The Lions claimed the top spot, edging out the Bears with a time of 7:03.168.

Racing in the grand final of the second varsity eight, Brown turned in a commanding performance to grab the victory, rowing to a time of 7:22.914, over 12 seconds ahead of the second place team. The same was true in the grand finals of both fours, with the varsity four taking first in 8:02.208 and the 'B' boat taking the win in 8:12.340.

Additionally, the Bears claimed the Arlene Gorton Cup with their performances on Sunday, as the team earned victories in all of its races against the Boston University Terriers. The two teams were supposed to meet in Providence on April 20th, but the race was postponed and the cup was awarded yesterday.

Brown will return to the Seekonk River to train for the next two weeks before returning to New Jersey for the Ivy League Championships on Sunday, May 19th. The overall winner of the competition will earn an automatic berth in the 2013 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Results

First Varsity Eight – Grand Final
Columbia – 7:03.168
Brown – 7:07.171
Boston University – 7:14.370
Navy – 7:17.242
Northeastern – 7:18.181
Buffalo – 7:49.583
 

Second Varsity Eight – Grand Final
Brown – 7:22.914
Columbia – 7:35.279
Boston University – 7:43.636
Navy – 7:53.520
Northeastern – 7:57.495
Boston College – 8:07.357

Varsity Four
Brown – 8:02.208
Columbia – 8:07.708
Northeastern – 8:24.521
Boston University – 8:34.796
Boston College – 8:40.004
Navy – 8:50.871

'B' Varsity Four
Brown – 8:12.340
Columbia – 8:35.715
Navy – 8:38.860
Northeastern – 8:42.096
Massachusetts – 8:53.270
Boston College – 8:56.670

Complete Results