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Women's varsity, novice crews row well at Foot

By Amy Bowen

The MIT varsity and novice women's crews made a strong showing in the 2.5-mile Foot of the Charles regatta last Saturday against stiff competition from Radcliffe College, Boston University, Brown University and Northeastern University.

The first novice eight finished 14th out of 40 crews with a time of 17:03.0 minutes, only 13 seconds behind tied 11th and 12th place crews Simmons College and Syracuse University. The second novice eight came in 27th place in 18:22.0, beating the second and third Radcliffe eights; the third novice eight finished in 31st place in 18:55.0, right ahead of the second Smith eight; and the fourth MIT novice crew finished in 40th place in 20:42.0.

The varsity women raced the Foot in two open and two lightweight fours. The open fours came in 13th and 16th place out of 22 boats with times of 17:52.9 and 18:18.9. The 13th place crew finished a mere 1.1 seconds behind the 11th place Wellesley College crew. A boat of MIT varsity crew alumnae also braved the cold that morning, finishing 21st in the open fours race with a time of 20:56.5.

The lightweight fours took fourth and fifth place out of five boats with times of 19:01.9 and 19:41.5, respectively, behind the very experienced Radcliffe and Boston College lightweights. This was the last race of the fall season for the women.

Amy Bowen '92 is a member of the women's varsity crew.