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The Tech's recent article ["Men's crew has bad outing," May 5] spoke poorly of the men's crews, the heavyweights in particular. There were several points made that deserve a response.
To begin with, it indeed has been a frustrating season for the first varsity boat, now 0-7. But the article neglects to mention that the junior varsity beat both Columbia and Coast Guard, and the third varsity beat Columbia and tied Harvard lightweights.
The article continues to describe the team as light and young. The weight average cited in the article is deceptive because it is the aggregate of the first, second, and third varsity boats. The third varsity is lighter than the JV, which itself is lighter than the varsity. Furthermore, we do not have a particularly young crew. There are eight seniors, ten juniors, and nine sophomores on the team, including the coxswains. The three sophomores in the first varsity by no means slow the boat down. Instead it speaks very highly of their strength, endurance, and technique.
Syracuse is a fast crew and somewhat faster than MIT. But MIT did not go out expecting to beat them. The team fought for margins. Our first varsity and first freshman crews were closer than they have been in recent years. Although MIT did not win, the team was pleased to gauge such improvement against Syracuse.
MIT competes as a Division I school and consequently has the opportunity to race the fastest collegiate crews in the nation. The crew makes no excuses for the program. The team was disappointed that the article in last Friday's Tech implied that we do. MIT crew has a first-rate program with as much training, dedication, and water time as any school in the country. By any measure, such as 2500 meter ergometer score, one-hour ergometer score, technique, shear strength, and endurance, this year's first varsity crew is faster than any in recent years.
Jay Damask '90->