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Crew team loses to Colombia

By Charles Sindelar

The MIT crew teams have experienced little success in the last two weeks, after the novice lightweight team edged out Amherst College two weeks ago. Last weekend, on the Harlem River in Manhattan, the heavyweight team lost a close race to Columbia University and the freshman team fared no better.

The varsity lightweight team lost to Tufts at a meet on the Charles River and the women's teams were both unsuccessful in a three-way meet with Smith and Wellesley.

At the Tufts match the freshman lightweight eight got off to a slow start, barely holding even as the boats approached the 1000-meter mark. Then they lit the afterburners and did not look back, finishing a full length ahead of the Jumbos on open water.

The varsity lightweights began the race with more promise. By about 750 meters the Engineers had moved up about four seats, but could not hold off a move by their opponents that left them six seats down. They started their sprint early and made up some distance in the final 500, but Tufts successfully countered with its own sprint. MIT finished 2.4 seconds behind Tufts, at 6:45.9.

The heavyweights suffered the same problems that the lightweights did. The race began evenly, and the Engineers gradually edged out Columbia's eight during the first half of the race. After strong third 500, the team was about six seats ahead. At this point Columbia began to make up water; MIT could not hold them off and lost its lead in the last 10 strokes.

(Charles Sindelar '91 is a member of the heavyweight crew team.)



Heavyweight Crew v. Columbia University

on the Harlem River


Second freshman team - 1, MIT, 6:32.7; 2, Columbia, 6:37.5.

First freshman team - 1, Columbia, 6:31.2; 2, MIT, 6:37.5.

Second varsity team - 1, MIT, 6:42.2; 2, Columbia, 6:50.0.

First varsity team - 1, Columbia, 6:49.1; 2, MIT, 6:49.2.