Tech crew rows strong
By Tyler Worden
and Jodi Wrublewski
MIT's men's heavyweight and women's varsity crews competed in the Fifth Annual Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh, PA, on Saturday. The race course consisted of a straight two-and-a-half mile stretch finishing at Three River Stadium. MIT's attendance for the past three years has become a tradition which is heavily supported by MIT alumni in the Pittsburgh area.
The women's squad entered two events -- the club eight and the open eight. The eight members of the men's heavyweight squad entered three events -- the open fours, open eights and the Heinz Invitational Sprint, a 500-meter dash for fun and show.
After a late start due to fog, the women's team won the club eight race with a time of 15:24.9, beating 11 other crews, including Notre Dame College, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan. Representing MIT (bow to stern) were Tracy E. Adams '93, Amy E. Bowen '92, Rita Baranwal '93, Victoria L. Parson '94, Megan C. Jasek '94, Katherine L. Taylor '95, Jodi J. Wrublewski '92, Becky A. Zavistoski '92 (stroke), and Ann Ray '93 (coxswain).
In the men's open four race, Kevin J. Corgan '93, Brad E. Layton '92, John T. Van Houten '94, Tyler L. Worden '92 and Melissa A. Norcross '91 (coxswain), placed second out of a field of 11 boats with a time of 14:57.3. The winner of this race was Leander Boat Club who crossed the finish line with a time of 14:40.8. Another MIT boat, rowed by Yen Ho '92, Mark J. Amar '92, Bill D. Ramsey '93, Godard K. Abel '93 and Scott Blackwell G (coxswain), had a solid race, coming in eighth with a time of 15:28.5.
The two men's fours crews took a quick break off the water before they joined forces in the Heinz Invitational Sprint. Spectators lined the shores to watch the US Lightweight National Team and Italian Lightweight National Team compete against Cornell University, MIT, Villanova University, St. Catherine's College and Bachelors Rowing Club. The race was neck and neck down the finish line, which provided the crowd with some exciting action.
The main event of the day was the open eights, which took place early in the afternoon. Except for a slight headwind, the calm water and warm temperatures created great racing conditions. The competition was fierce, but both MIT crews turned in excellent performances. The men finished fifth behind Cornell, Brown University, the Italian team and American team, with a time of 14:21.2. The women's open eights was won by Brown, followed by Cornell, with MIT capturing the bronze in 16:28.
Both teams had solid races and considering the caliber of their competition, they were happy with their finishing positions. The trip was a great success and a good start to the season. Next Sunday, both crews, along with the varsity lightweight men, will travel to Lowell for the Textile River Regatta.
Tyler L. Worden and Jodi J. Wrublewski are members of the MIT crew teams.