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Men's lightweight crew splits races

By Anh Thu Vo

The men's varsity lightweight team lost to their opponents from Harvard University and Dartmouth College on Saturday, April 15, on the Charles River, but redeemed that loss by defeating the team from US Coast Guard Academy on Sunday in New London.

MIT came into the race Saturday with a 3-1 record, having recently defeated crews from Connecticut College, University of Rhode Island, and the State University of New York at Albany, and losing to Yale University earlier.

Harvard's varsity eight commanded the lead soon after the start on Saturday, quickly leaving Dartmouth and MIT behind. MIT lost contact with Harvard and Dartmouth near the 500-meter mark and finished last in 7:08. Harvard won the race in 6:45 and Dartmouth came in second in 6:51.

The varsity eight came back and defeated their Coast Guard opponents on Sunday despite the long delay during the day while waiting for the tidal water on the Thames to change. MIT broke out early at the start and pulled steadily away. They broke open water by the 600-meter mark despite the windy, white-capping water of the Thames river and finished the race two boat lengths ahead of Coast Guard. The natural tidal race course was a little less than 2000 meters long and the winning time was not recorded.

Rowing in the varsity eight on Sunday were Chris Doerr '89 (stroke), Harold Quintus-Bosz '89, Doug Vincent '89, captain Jim Broderick '89, Tony Antonelli '89, Bill Jarrold '89, Scott Rowland '89, and Dan Chang '89 (bow). Jessie Dotson '89 coxed.

The junior varsity eight showed similar results in their races against the same opponents. Harvard easily won the race with Dartmouth finishing second while MIT came in last.

The JV eight handled the boat much better during the race against Coast Guard the next day, according to coxswain Melissa Norcross '91. "We rowed smooth enough not to take in any water despite the rough water we faced late in the day," she said. MIT finished two boat lengths in front of Coast Guard at an estimate time of 7:10.

Rowing in the winning race against Coast Guard were Steve Celuzza '90 (stroke), Dave Oakes '89, Mike Dickens '90, Scott Firestone '91, Tom Farkas '89, Larry Galler '89, John Weeman '89, and Ted Pascaru '89 (bow).