Men’s Crew hosted No. 1 Washington for first time in history

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Defending National Champions of Men’s Crew Washington traveled to Brown to match up in the Seekonk River on the morning of April 4. Washington has never raced Brown’s course in the history of the two programs. Brown finished 2nd in the National tournament last year, so the Bears certainly had something to prove this Saturday.

Unfortunately, the Bears did not fair so well against the Huskies. The freshman boat cruised passed the Bears to win, winning by 7.2 seconds, while Brown’s JV boat lost by 6.9 seconds.

The varsity boat race was the closest of the three, with Washington holding just a one-seat lead throughout the course. Brown fought relentlessly in the final few hundred meters of the river, but the Huskies rowed their way to victory in the final seconds.

Despite the loss, the fans didn’t disappoint. Fellow students, families and bystanders circled along the length of the river and piled onto the Narragansett Boat Dock to support the Bears. Bruno school spirit was in full force this weekend, and the Men’s Crew team hope it will continue for their competition against Harvard on April 11th for the Stein Cup.

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Women’s Crew wins National Championship by .05 Seconds!

On a day where the focus of the Brown community was centered on Commencement, the women’s crew team was on the other coast, capturing the Division I National Championship in Gold River, California. The Bears tied in total points with Stanford with 85, but the tie was broken in the final race of the day where the varsity eight edged out the Cardinal with a time of 6:28.62 to Stanford’s 6:28.67. Going into the final race, Brown trailed both Stanford and Cal, but pulled out the incredible come-from-behind victory.  The win marks the Bears’ seventh national crown in fifteen years, as the program continues to prove itself as a national powerhouse.  For these Bears and head coach of 26 years John Murphy, major props are in order. Ever True!

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