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Women's Crew Edges Williams, Leaves Host WPI in Their Wake

By Amy Bowen
Team Member

Worcester, Mass.

The women's crew raced Connecticut College, Williams College, and WPI Saturday at Worcester. The women raced very competitively in the chilly rain, sleet, and slight wind. Despite the illness of the stroke, the varsity eight had an intense race. Connecticut pulled ahead, winning the race in a time of 7:05.00. However, MIT hung in with Williams until the end, when they sprinted ahead to beat Williams by about a seat (7:18.25 and 7:19.70, respectively), leaving WPI (7:46.54) in the distance.

The junior varsity eight proved to be fierce competition for Williams, fighting them for second place all the way down the course. MIT took about half a boat length on Williams in the last 500 meters, finishing with a time of 7:41.97, 5.45 seconds ahead of Williams. Both crews owe a great deal to the motivating commands of their coxswains throughout the races.

The two novice women's crews also had a good race, coming in third and fourth behind Connecticut and Williams with times of 7:29.52 and 7:44.41, soundly beating WPI by almost 27 seconds. Both crews rowed well, and the first boat even recovered from a crab caught a little past the halfway point.

Although the women lost their shirts to Connecticut this weekend, they are looking forward to racing them again at New England regionals on May 2 with a completely healthy crew and hopefully, warmer conditions. Next weekend the women will travel out to western Massachusetts to race Mount Holyoke and Simmons.