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Crew garners overall points trophy in rain

By Brad Layton, Amy Bowen

and Steve Wiggins

MIT crew brought home the total points trophy from a rainy Textile River regatta last Sunday. With 17 boats, MIT was able to enter nearly every event.

The heavyweights took sixth in the club eights in 19:20 (Tufts won in 18:19), and fifth in the open eights, one second out of third and 20 behind Coast Guard, who took home the gold. The Men's open fours results are as follows: 1-New Haven 20:08, 2-MIT B 20:22, 3-MIT A 20:35, 12-MIT D 21:58, 16-MIT C 22:38.4, 17-MIT E 22:38.6, 20 MIT F 22:50.

The varsity women entered a total of four eights in the regatta. In the club eight race, the MIT women rowed well together, finishing seventh out of a total of twenty entries with a time of 21:55.6, less than a minute behind Tufts first place time of 21:04.3, and very close to Trinity College's fourth place time of 21:48.8.

The lightweights entered two fours and two eights in the competition, and took first and second in the light fours event. The winning crew, made up of (bow to stern) Dave Brenneis '92, Scott Jacobsmayer '92, Mark Armstrong `92, Jeff Kuehn `92 and Kate Broghton `92 (coxswain), covered the three-and-a-half mile course in 20:20.

The second-place boat, manned by Inigo Puente '94, Steve Wiggins '93, Rob Bergan '94, Paul Tempest '92 and coxswain Otway Louie '93, was not far behind, covering the course in 20:36. Third-place Bates College came in far behind at 21:20.

Lightweight captain Jeff Kuehn said, "We were the first off the line with no one to move on, so I just kept the thought of beating heavyweights in my head. The heavies said that our amazing time was due to river conditions, but that's their excuse for all that extra lard they have to haul down the river."

The lightweights also entered a lightweight eight and a club eight each in their respective divisions. Both boats rowed well, and each pulled a respectable sixth place.

In the women's lightweight eight race, MIT women placed third out of four boats after a solid race with a time of 22:43.8. In the women's doubles event, Laura Opsasnick G and Becky Dumas G came in second with a time of 24:11.3, only 0.6 seconds from first place. The MIT women also had two entries in the open eight event later in the afternoon. The results of that race were not available, however.

The teams will have another chance to win awards at the prestigious Head of the Charles, coming up on Oct. 20, and at the Foot of the Charles in early November.

Steve Wiggins '93 is a member of the men's lightweight varsity crew team. Brad Layton '92 is a member of the men's heavyweight crew team. Amy Bowen '92 is a member of the women's crew team.

the other members of the crew teams declined to help with this article.