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Women's crew performs solidly at regatta

By Laura Opsasnick

and Becky Dumas

The women's varsity crew team is off to a strong start after turning in solid performances this past weekend at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, MA.

In this first head race of the season, MIT entered three boats: a lightweight four, an open four, and a double. The race was a three-mile "head" race, meaning competitive boats were started 10 seconds apart and were ranked according to the time it took them to complete the course, not the order in which they passed the finish line.

A steady head wind and light chop made for long and tough races, but all crews showed durability and endurance by placing well amongst their competitors. The lightweight four lineup of Nancy Koay '92 (coxswain), Becky Zavistoski '92 (stroke), Barb Sigmund '92, Amy Bowen '92, and Cynthia Holcroft '92 (bow) placed third behind Simmons and University of Connecticut with a time of 23:55. In the doubles race, Laura Opsasnick '90 and Becky Dumas '90 (bow) placed second behind Riverside with a time of 23:55.

The women's varsity crew will compete in two races this weekend. They will defend their title as winners of last year's MacGreuder Cup at Mt. Holyoke on Saturday and will compete in the Head of the Connecticut on Sunday.

(Laura Opsasnick and Becky Dumas are members of the women's crew team.)