MIT excels in Head of the Charles
By Jeff Kuehn267-6091
The MIT varsity rowing teams posted impressive results in Sunday's annual Head of the Charles regatta. MIT entered eight crews in the race, now the world's largest rowing event. In all, 985 rowers competed in 16 categories, with MIT crews entered in six events.
The heavyweight men had an encouraging day, with the varsity eight finishing eighth in a field of 50 and the junior varsity finishing 22nd, both in the club eight event. The varsity boat was three seconds short of finishing in the top five.
Coach Gordon Hamilton said, "The competition was really, really, very tight. [We put in a] good, solid effort. That started me salivating, thinking about the spring season." The heavyweights finished far ahead of Columbia University, which they will face again very early in the spring season. The heavies also entered a club four which finished 25th among 45 entrants.
The varsity women entered a crew in the club eight event as well, finishing 19th among 28. Further, the women entered a youth four and a youth eight, both for rowers 19 or under. These crews finished seventh of 19 and 16th of 21 in their respective fields.
In the afternoon, the lightweight men rowed an inspired race to finish in the top third of the lightweight eight championship event. The varsity eight finished 12th overall and sixth among 22 college entrants. Beating crews from Rutgers University, Dartmouth College, Tufts University and the US Navy, MIT posted their best showing in recent years. A finishing time of 16:15 put them less than one minute behind the US national team, 40 seconds behind the French national team and 30 behind the top college crew, from Harvard University. The junior varsity finished 28th in this event, ahead of several varsity teams.
All three varsity and all three freshmen squads will be racing this Saturday in the MIT Invitational against Tufts, Boston College, Simmons and others. Races begin at 7:45 am and run all morning. The course begins at the MIT boathouse across from Baker House and finishes at the Harvard boathouse, just past the Anderson Bridge.
Jeff Kuhen '92 is captain of the varsity lightweight crew team.