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Women's Varsity Sets Record While Capturing Gold Medal

By Suzelle Tardif

and Becky Berry

team member

pittsburgh, pa.

Last Saturday, the varsity women's crew set a new course record of 12:38.71 in the 21/2-mile Head of the Ohio, beating the previous record by over one minute.

Coach Mayrene Earle said, "This is the fastest crew we have ever brought in the three years of our participation in the head of the Ohio. I was pleased that we could win as well as smash the course record."

In a head race, the boats are staggered -- each crew leaves 10 seconds after the previous one. MIT, rowing aggressively, passed the three boats ahead of them to cross the line first, beating nine other schools to capture the gold.

Rowing from bow to stern were: Becky Berry '95, Andrea Jensen '95, Christine Macauley '94, Rita Baranwal '93, Victoria Parson '94, Suzelle Tardif '93, Megan Jasek '94, Tracy Adams '94, and coxswain Candice Klug '94.

MIT also finished respectably in the 500-meter sprint, placing 4th out of six, and in the afternoon open eight competition, placing 5th out of 11.

"I didn't feel the afternoon performance reflected our ability, due in part to some confusion at the start. Our lack of experience this season kept us from racing competitively in the absence of nearby boats," Earle said.

Earle added that she was looking forward to next week's Textile River Regatta.