April 17, 2004

#4 Bears Continue Their Dominance With Third Straight Sweep

April 17, 2004

Providence, RI - The results of Saturday's flat-water races on the Seekonk River demonstrated to everyone on hand that the Brown women's crew squad is back on track after an early-season loss to Princeton and Ohio State. Since then the Bears have swept three straight regattas.

The varsities raced for the Arlene Gorton Cup as the Brown varsity beat Boston University by seven seconds and Texas by nine. The Brown squad swept the regatta with four more easy victories and cleared the decks for next Saturday's race with Cornell in Ithaca, NY.

Texas, making its first trip to Providence in four years, whipped up the beat to 46 strokes per minute, coming away from the staken boats and took a two-seat lead, which the Lady Longhorns maintained for the first minute of the race. However, Brown, sustaining a beat of 35 strokes a minute, nosed in front. Texas was unable to maintain the pace and near the end Boston University overtook Texas from a length back for second place.

Brown coaches John and Phoebe Murphy strive each year to prime four freshmen oarswomen to make up a varsity four entry for the NCAA Championships at the end of May. Yesterday, members of Brown 's first novice boat did double duty, with the stern four from the first novice boat winning over four varsity oarswomen, who took second. The bow four from the first novice eight took third ahead of BU and Texas' entries.

"Texas was really aggressive,'' Phoebe Murphy said. "They raced hard and hung with us for the first 1000 meters. Then I think their lack of racing experience told. They added a whole new dimension to our season.''

Varsity Eights: Brown, 6:33.89; BU, 6:41.18; TExas 6:43.
Second Varsity Eights: Brown, 6:42.28; BU, 6:55.67; Texas, 6:59.6.
Fours: Brown A, 7:35.13; Brown B, 7:36.84; Brown C, 7:39.24; BU, 7:57.79; Texas, 8:06.72.
First Novice Eights: Brown, 6:51.11; BU, 6:59.44; Texas, 7:06.53.
Second Novice Eights: Brown, 7:04.68; BU, 7:27.17