Women's Crew Sweeps Cornell and Columbia

April 25, 2009

Providence, R.I. - Brown easily held off Cornell and Columbia on Saturday morning, taking the Dunn Bowl with a sweep of the Ivy League rivals. The Bears took the varsity eight by an astounding 18-second margin, indicative of the margins in many of the races despite the strong competition.

Leading off the day with the freshman eight, Brown quickly set the tone, taking a seven second win. The Bears crossed the line in 7:26, followed by Cornell at 7:33 and Columbia at 7:48, and looked comfortable coming into the finish. Bruno then followed that with an emphatic win in the second varsity four race, coming across at 8:40, with Columbia trailing behind at 8:53.

Next up was the second varsity eight, with similar results. Brown took another easy victory, jumping out early and continuing to pull away throughout the race. The Bears came across at 7:22, followed several boat lengths later by Columbia and Cornell, at 7:39 and 7:40 respectively. That race set the stage nicely for the varsity eight, which was another solid event for Bruno. Much like the second boat, the varsity got off to a strong start, and was comfortably ahead by the halfway point, though the Bears continued to pull away over the final 1000 meters. Brown won in an impressive 7:05, while Cornell came in at 7:23 and Columbia crossed at 7:32.

After the eights, the action wrapped up with a pair of fours races. First, in the freshman four, Brown took first in the closest event of the day, a five-second victory in 8:30. Cornell came in at 8:35, making a strong push at the end of the course to close the gap, while Columbia trailed well behind at 9:30. Brown then took the top three spots in the varsity four event, as the "A," "C," and "B" boats came in at 7:55, 8:01, and 8:07 respectively. After Columbia took fourth at 8:12, Brown's "D" squad crossed at 8:21, and Cornell brought up the rear at 8:28.

The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to take on Yale in the regular season finale.