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May 13, 2012

Brown Pulls Upset Win in Heavys, Harvard Repeats in Lights to Win 2012 Ivy League Men's Rowing Titles

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Courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Harvard Athletic Communications

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Brown pulled off a fantastic upset to take home the Ivy League men's heavyweight rowing title, while Harvard repeated as the's League men's lightweight champion Sunday afternoon on Lake Quinsigamond at the 67th annual Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints.

HEAVYWEIGHT RECAP
Brown downed the highly-touted favorite, Harvard, in the varsity eight race by just over thee-tenths of a second to come away victorious. With the victory, the Bears claimed the Marc Bergschneider Ivy League Championship Trophy, snapping Harvard's two-year reign at the top of the conference. Brown won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.

"From the beginning of this season I have really enoyed working with this group  and although we had some tough early losses we have maintaind a great team mindset of being steady and resilent," said head coach Paul Cooke. "I think that early turmoil really helped us out today. We had a determined race, chasing Harvard the whole way and I thought that our student-athletes put it all out there this afternoon."

Brown's impressive showing in the varsity eight race handed the Crimson its first loss of the season, first defeat in its last 20 races and just its second fault in its past 36 contests.

The Bears and Crimson separated themselves from the field in the V8 race and finished over 10 seconds ahead of third-place Wisconsin. In the end Brown came out on top in a close contest, crossing the line in 5:49.6, to Harvard's 5:49.9.

Brown also took the top spot in the third varsity eight race with an impressive showing, toping second-place Wisconsin by over three seconds.

The Bears varsity four added a second-place finish to its banner day, crossing the line in 6:08.5, just under a half-second faster than Navy's heavyweight four.

Brown's second varsity eight boat advanced to the grand finals and finished fourth overall, over three second's off the pace of Wisconsin. The Bears finished the race in 6:00.7, five-tenths of second behind third-place Princeton

The Bears freshman eight also placed fourth overall in the grand final with a time of 6:10.1.

LIGHTWEIGHT RECAP
Harvard took control in the second 500 meters of its lightweight eight grand final and never let up, winning the EARC and Ivy League championships for the second straight year.

The top-ranked Crimson won its 26th Eastern title and 25th Ivy crown and repeated as champion for the first time since 1988 and '89. The second freshman eight also won Sprints gold, while the freshman eight took bronze and the third varsity eight claimed silver. Harvard tied Princeton for second in the Jope Cup team standings, three points behind freshman and second varsity champion Yale.

"I'm delighted for the guys, and I'm very happy myself because they performed well," said Charley Butt, the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Harvard Lightweight Crew. "This crew has so far been exceptional for their ability to cooperate and to work hard. They've been a solid crew all year, so what more could you ask for?"

Dartmouth and Princeton shared the initial lead in the varsity race, but the Crimson quickly drew level and soon led by three seats. Harvard built the margin to a half-length before the race was halfway done and lengthened the lead further before the Big Green's sprint got Dartmouth within 2.2 seconds at the finish. Harvard posted a winning time of 6:22.510. Third-place Princeton was three seconds back of the Crimson.

RESULTS
Heavyweight Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Brown, 5:49.61
2. Harvard, 5:49.91
3. Wisconsin, 5:59.69
4. Princeton, 6:02.10
5. Navy, 6:03.68
6. Syacuse, 6:03.98

Lightweight Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Harvard, 6:22.510
2. Dartmouth, 6:24.694
3. Princeton, 6:25.539
4. Yale, 6:30.214
5. Georgetown, 6:33.276
6. Cornell, 6:36.811