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MIT crews successful at Dartmouth regatta

MIT's heavyweight men crew team defeated a strong Dartmouth boat in last weekend's Dartmouth Invitational Regatta. The team's victory highlighted the Engineers' outstanding performance at the meet.

The heayweight men nosed out the Dartmouth crew by l.5 seconds to win their race. "We always seem to cut it close with Dartmouth," said heavyweight team member Jeff Kelsch '87.

The varsity lightweights also faired well over the three-mile course, placing second to Coast Guard by nine seconds and finishing 1.4 seconds ahead of Dartmouth. Both Coast Guard and Dartmouth handily defeated MIT in the previous week's Head-of-the-Charles Regatta.

Equipment problems and a strong head wind hampered the women's varsity boat. The team, which had rowed together only once before race day, managed a fourth-place finish. "We gave it our damndest," said Grace Kim '88.

The heavyweight and lightweight freshmen brought up more squads and enthusiasm than the rest of the team. MIT heavyweight freshman boats finished ninth and tenth.

Three lightweight freshman teams captured the second, fourth and fifth spots in their event. The novice women placed seventh of the 10 boats in their race.

(Editor's note: Greg Frazier is a member of the MIT crew team.)