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Women's crew places fourth in Regatta

By Becky Dumas

and Laura Opsasnick

Last Sunday, in the biggest one day rowing event in the world, the women's crew team finished fourth out of 20 boats in the Club Eight event.

The three-mile course began at the Boston University boathouse and ended about one mile upstream of the Harvard boathouse. Like all head races, the boats were started 10 seconds apart, so if a crew is passed, the passing boat has gained at least that amount of time on the slower boat.

The crew of Lena Hwang '92, coxswain, Beth Jones '90, stroke, Jerelyn Watanabe '90, Gwen Shelton '91, Laura Opsasnick '90, Becky Dumas '90, Sue Perrin '91, Laura Beecroft '91, and Wendy Rowell '90, bow, cruised past Simmons at about the 1.5 mile mark, and then Ithaca College in the last mile. They almost passed Baltimore but were approaching a difficult turn at the Eliot Bridge and missed getting the inside position. The top finishers were Seattle Rowing Club, Dartmouth, and Wesleyan. MIT's finishing time of 19:38 was only 2.5 seconds out of second place.

The MIT graduate crew program's hard work showed in the Club 4. Ann Minzner, coxswain, Barb Sheffels, stroke, Kathy Yelick, Martha Gray, and Jen Kwo, bow, powered their way to sixth place from a field of 20.

Three varsity joined two graduate women in the Lightweight 4. The crew of Leann Lesperance G, coxswain, Becky Zavistoski '92, stroke, Leah McGavern G, Lola Matysiak '91, and Amy Bowen '92, bow, placed 11th out of 18 boats in the rough afternoon conditions.

The next challenge for the women's crew team is the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, NH, this Saturday. The competition will be Northeastern, University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, and arch-rival BU.

(Becky Dumas '90 and Laura Opsasnick '90 are members of the women's crew team.)