Men's Heavies Win One, Lose OneBy Dan Dunn
The heavyweight crew team had mixed results this weekend. Friday saw victory over UNH, but on Saturday MIT fell to Harvard and Princeton.
Friday's race was held at Durham, N.H., on UNH's unusually short course, which is 250 meters short of the regular 2,000. The varsity crew moved out to an early lead that they easily held for the length of the course, finishing in 5:39.4 over 5:43.9 for UNH.
The second boat was equally successful. MIT had a rough start and was down two seats after 250 meters. The boat smoothed over its difficulties and quickly pulled away, winning by several boat lengths, 5:57.6 to 6:11.0.
The first freshman crew also beat UNH, bringing their win total to 7. Times for the race were 6:00.3 and 6:04.5.
The only disappointment of the race was for the second freshman boat. In a very close race, MIT crossed the finish line less than a second before UNH. But a steering incident that had the boats' oars clashing for a few strokes caused the race official to award the race to UNH.
Harvard was the the best college crew in the country coming into Saturday's race, and they retained that honor after they left, though Princeton had a strong showing. The race, between Princeton, Harvard, and MIT, is run for the Compton Cup.
MIT had an excellent start, ending their first 25 strokes even or a little ahead of Harvard and Princeton. Through the next 750 meters, though, Harvard and Princeton moved slowly away from MIT. At the Harvard Bridge, 1,000 meters into the race, MIT was three-quarters of a length down to both crews. MIT lost contact with the two crews soon after and slipped to three or 4 lengths down at the finish, 6:10.0 to Princeton's 5:53.8 and Harvard's 5:54.2.
The second varsity's race was not as close. MIT lost contact with the two crews after a little more than 500 meters were gone. The race finish saw Princeton pull out a tight victory over Harvard, with MIT some distance behind the two.
The first freshman boat was handed its first loss of the season by Harvard and Princeton. Princeton's time of 6:06.3 beat both Harvard's 6:06.5 beat MIT's 6:27.0.
The second freshman's race was the only one of the day that was not at all close. Princeton beat Harvard by 10 seconds, who beat MIT by 31 seconds.
This weekend the first boat travels to Washington, D.C. to race on the Potomac, while the second boat will race Tufts on the Charles on Sunday.