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Lightweight crews win convincingly

By Anh Thu Vo

The MIT men's lightweight varsity and junior varsity crews soundly defeated their opponents from the University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College, and the State University of New York at Albany March 25 on the Charles River.

The lightweights entered the races after having spent two weeks on the water, building upon their rigorous winter training in Florida over Independent Activities Period and their work on the Charles the following seven weeks. They are a seasoned team, represented by 13 seniors out of the 18 rowers and coxswains. Their hard work and dedication showed off as the team easily dominated the races.

The varsity eight executed a perfect start and quickly commanded the lead over Connecticut, URI, and SUNY-Albany. They executed a two-part start at a 43 and 38 strokes per minute ratings respectively before settled down to a comfortable race cadence of 33, according to coxswain Jessie Dotson '89. By the 500-meter mark, MIT had open water over their opponents and was steadily pulling away.

Connecticut's crew then pulled an impressive "power" 20 strokes after the 1000-meter mark in an attempt to catch up with MIT, leaving URI and Albany behind. MIT responded by bringing up their rating to 35 strokes per minute. The varsity eight sprinted the last 400 meters at a rating of 38 to win the race in 6:30.1. Connecticut's late surge, however, paid off as they closed the margin to a mere 1.3 seconds.

Rowing in the eight were Doug Vincent '89 (stroke), Harold Quintis-Bosz '90, Scott Roland '89, captain Jim Broderick '89, Chris Doerr '89, Bill Jarrold '89, Tony Antonelli '89, and Dan Chang '89 (bow).

The JV crew performed equally well against their sole opponent, Albany. Using the same two-part start with ratings of 40 and 37 strokes per minute respectively, the JV crew quickly gained two seats off the starting line against Albany. Their lead widened to over one length at the 500-meter mark. This lead continued to widen to a five-length lead at the finish line, as they finished with a time of 6:58.0, 37 seconds in front of Albany.

The JV time could be easily reduced by ten seconds if they had been pushed harder by Albany, according to stroke Joe Babiec '90. As it happened, they started rowing comfortably as they saw their victory assured.

Also rowing in the JV eight were Dave Oakes '89, Steve Celuzza '90, Scott Firestone '91, Malcom Casselle '91, Larry Galler '89, John Weeman '89, and Ted Pascaru '89 (bow). Melissa Norcross '90 coxed.

The final race featured the lightweight freshmen, who also captured their event. Connecticut placed second, followed by URI, Albany, and a second Engineer boat. Kate Broughton was coxswain for the first boat, and the oarsmen were (from stroke to bow) Paul Tempest, Dave Brennis, Jeff Kuehn, Rick Ewing, Scott Jacobsmeyer, Jeff Nielsen, Andreas Turanski, and Craig Griffin. The second boat coxswain was Chris Goh, and the oarsmen were Charles Lee, Gorin Arbanas '91, Mike Olivas, Jeff Jewel, Mark Haseltine, Frank Kim '91, Adam Lechner, and Ramon Cajina.

The men's lightweight team will next compete against Yale University on April 8 at New Haven, followed by Harvard University and Dartmouth College here on April 15, at the US Coast Guard Academy on April 16, and Rutgers University here on April 22. They will complete their season at the Men's Eastern Sprints during the weekend of May 2.