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MIT rows well at Foot of the Charles

By Ben Reis

and Jayant Kumar

Last Saturday MIT varsity and freshmen men's crews competed against area schools in the Foot of the Charles, a small-scale version of the Head of the Charles regatta. Coaches agreed that both crews made one of their best showings in recent years.

The two-and-a-half mile race ran from the MIT boathouse to the Harvard boathouse.

In the varsity competition a total of 42 boats, each with four rowers, raced on calm waters against a slight headwind. Crews hailed from Boston College, Boston University, Cambridge Boat Club, Dartmouth College, Harvard University and Northeastern University.

MIT fielded six varsity heavyweight boats, the first of which placed 10th with a time of 14:42.0 -- 43.9 seconds behind first place Harvard. The rowers in the first boat were Godard Abel '92, Bradley Layton '92, Kevin Corgan '93, Tyler Worden '92 and coxswain Neeraj Gupta '93. The remaining five boats came in 20th, 22nd, 36th, 37th and 38th.

Varsity heavyweight coach Gorton Hamilton said the showing was "the best they've done in fifteen years."

The MIT varsity lightweight crew fielded five boats. The first boat came in third among the lightweights (15th overall), with a time of 14:54.7 -- a mere 31.2 seconds behind Harvard's first lightweight boat. The remaining four boats placed 4th, 7th, 10th and 11th (16th, 31st, 40th and 42nd overall).

MIT also participated in doubles competition against the Cambridge Boat Club and the Boston Rowing Club. The MIT varsity entered two boats which came in fourth and fifth in a field of seven. The first boat, with Jeffrey Myjak '92 and William Tucker '94 as rowers, came in with a time of 15:25.6. The second boat finished with a time of 16:12.1.

The freshmen crew raced next with eight rowers per boat. MIT entered four heavyweight boats into a field of 37. The others boats were from BC, BU, Dartmouth, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Hull High School, Northeastern and Roger Williams College.

MIT's first heavyweight boat came in eighth with a time of 14:12.7, 68.4 seconds after first-place Harvard. Rowing in the first MIT boat were Gregor Andrade '92, Jeffrey Tomasi '94, Vasik Rajlich '93, Ryan Ehlert '95, Nathaniel Crosswhite '95, Bradno -ley Pearson '95, Michael Schlosser '95, Bradley Lichtenstein '95 and coxswain Albert Mowatt '95.

Freshman heavyweight coach Stuart Schmill '86 was pleased with this year's results, pointing out that MIT's third and fourth boats did not finish far behind the first and second. "Coupling this with such a good performance from the first and second boats, we should have a very good year this year," he said.

MIT freshmen also put in four lightweight boats, the first coming in fourth with a time of 14:25.7 (13th overall). The rowers were Babak Azad-Tatari '95, Vijay Krish G, Rahul Shendure '95, William Samec '95, James Brooks, Andrew Percey '95, Jockyup Jones '95 and Kendrick Boardman '95.

MIT's second boat, a mere 4.2 seconds behind MIT's first, beat Harvard's second boat by a crucial seven seconds, an achievement heralded by freshman lightweight coach Mike Welch. The third and fourth freshman lightweight boats came in 10th and 13th (29th and 34th overall).

All coaches were happy with the outcome of the race and with each individual rower's effort. The Foot is the final fall race for all the MIT crews and now, said Schmill, "It's time to go indoors and begin training for the spring."

Jayant Kumar '95 and Ben Reis '95 are members of the men's freshman lightweight crew.