Women's crew comes in second
By Matthew Beaumont
Last Saturday, MIT crew teams participated in the Tufts University-MIT Invitational. The race followed the Foot of the Charles course, running from the MIT
to the Harvard University boathouses.
Varsity men's crews from Tufts, MIT, Boston College and Brandeis University rowed the first race. The Tufts lightweight varsity were first off the start line, followed by MIT. MIT varsity heavyweights overcame the distraction of a broken rigger just minutes before the start and managed to start third.
Just days before the race, the Tufts coach had baited the MIT crews with his claim that his crews were in better physical condition. But by the Weeks Footbridge, MIT lightweights had made up the distance on Tufts and were overstroking them. Coxswain Otway Louie '93 steered the MIT team into the lead.
With Tufts out of the way, only the overall title was left up for grabs. The lightweights finished strongly to take the overall victory by 10 seconds over MIT heavyweights. Tufts lightweights and heavyweights took 3rd and 4th places, respectively.
Rowing on the MIT lightweight team were Matt Beaumont '92, Inigo Puente '94, Steve Tucker '91, Ron Harvey '93, Jeff Kuehn '92, Mark Armstrong '92, Dave Brenneis '92 (bow) and Paul Tempest '92 (stoke).
Coach Pete Holland said he was extremely pleased with his squad's first-ever victory over Tufts. "We've got a really great group this year. Our finish in the Head of the Charles was our best since 1982. We rowed really well there, and then we took it up another notch this weekend. All our crews did extremely well," he said.
The MIT lightweight junior varsity rowed through several boats to take fifth, just ahead of the JV heavyweights. "We all lost a couple extra pounds of fat before the race and I think
that made the difference. Excess weight really tends to slow a boat down," Brenneis said.
MIT varsity women's crews took second and fourth places. Coach Mayrene Earle was also very happy with her team's performance. "Our technique is looking really good. From now on, we'll be working on getting strong and fit for the spring races," she said.
The women have their final race of the fall, the Foot of the Charles, on Nov. 9. The Foot for the men will be on Nov. 26.
Matthew Beaumont '92 is a member of the men's crew team.