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Spring break recap: Wrestling, rugby, swim, gymnastics and more

Read about Bruno’s biggest games through the end of March

While the rest of the Brown community was enjoying spring break, the Bears’ sports teams were hard at work.
While the rest of the Brown community was enjoying spring break, the Bears’ sports teams were hard at work.

While the rest of the Brown community was enjoying spring break, the Bears’ sports teams were hard at work. 

Jump for Joyce

After winning four straight matches at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships on March 9, 125-pound Michael Joyce ’26 traveled to Kansas City to compete in the 2024 NCAA Championships on March 21. Joyce fell 8-4 to Michigan State University’s Tristian Lujan, and then lost 7-3 to California Baptist University’s Elijah Griffin in the consolation bracket. Joyce was the first Bear since 2019 to make the national tournament.

Rugby rolling


This past weekend, Brown’s rugby team (10-6, 3-3 Ivy) took fourth place in the Tropical 7s tournament. The Bears won two of three games in pool play to advance to the quarterfinals, and then topped Sacred Heart University 24-12 to advance to the semifinals. The team then lost both the semifinal and third place contests to Trinity Western University and Dartmouth respectively. They will next compete in the Crimson 7s on Sunday.

Bruno’s breaststroke beast

Brown swimmer Jack Kelly ’25 earned First Team All-American honors by finishing eighth in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend. He came close to achieving another All-American accolade in the 100 breaststroke race. Kelly is the second Bear to earn All-American honors since 1944.

Bedazzling Bedell

Last Monday, the NCAA announced that Julia Bedell ’25 qualified for the gymnastics regionals taking place this Friday in Gainesville, Florida. Bedell, who has been named Gymnastics East Conference Specialist of the Week three times, is the 24th gymnast in program history to make NCAA Regionals. The announcement came on the back of the gymnastics team (18-15, 7-7 GEC) earning third place at the 2024 Gymnastics East Conference Championships on March 23.

Clobbering the Crimson

Brown men’s baseball (7-14, 2-4 Ivy) earned their first series win over Harvard since 2009, breaking out the bats in Sunday’s rubber match for a 20-12 victory. Six players in the Bears’ starting lineup recorded multiple hits, with Gunner Boree ’25 and Reece Rappoli ’24 each racking up four. The Bears will play their first home games in-conference against Princeton on Saturday.

Sit back and re-lax

Women’s lacrosse (8-3, 1-2 Ivy) eased into their season over the break, earning a pair of dominant wins over Columbia and Stetson University by finals of 19-7 and 24-5 respectively. The game against the Lions marked the Bears’ first conference victory of the spring. The team will return home to face Dartmouth this Saturday.

Walking on Boston


The men’s crew team kicked off their spring season with a sweep of Boston University in the Michalson Cup on March 23, winning each of the V8, JV8, 3V and 4V races by more than five seconds. The team then competed in the IRA Sarasota Invitational this past weekend, earning first place finishes in the JV8, 3V8 and 4V8 races against Yale and Northeastern University.

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Linus Lawrence

Linus is a sports editor from New York City. He is a junior concentrating in English, and when he's out of The Herald office you can find him rooting for the Mets, watching Star Wars or listening to The Beach Boys.

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