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Men's Crew Wins Gold in Fours and Eights in Textile Regatta

By Lorin Theiss
team member

The men's varsity heavyweight crew continued its successful season by contributing to the capture of the overall points trophy in Sunday's Textile River Regatta. This was the second year MIT won the trophy. The Engineers accumulated more than twice as many points as their nearest competitors.

In the morning open four event, MIT's heavyweight men entered six boats, all of which placed in the top nine of the 15 competitors. The top three MIT boats captured the top three places. The first two MIT fours began the race with a staggered start and fought competitively over the three-mile course, sprinting neck-and-neck to the finish.

Taking the gold medal with a time of 18:47.0 were Steve Britten '94, Lorin Theiss '94, Jeff Tomasi '95, Bill Ramsey '93, and coxswain Neeraj Gupta '94.

The second four crossed the finish line with a time of 19:05.8, and the third four tied with Bates for a time of 19:25.67.

"The team is extremely fast this year," Gupta said. "The guys are much stronger and in better shape than past years."

MIT continued its success with a first place finish in the men's open eight. MIT rowed aggressively to finish in a time of 17:09, only six seconds ahead of Trinity. UMass-Amherst (17:16) finished third, and last year's winner, Coast Guard, took fourth with a time of 17:21.

The eight was rowed by Jed Macosko `94, Theiss, Britten, Guillermo Peschard `94, Kevin Corgan `93 (captain), John Li `93, Tomasi, Ramsey, and Gupta.

"It was a very tough race after the morning's four event, but everyone went all out," Ramsey said. "That's what it takes to win races."

This was the first time MIT has brought home a gold medal for this event. Other MIT crews placed sixth, ninth, and 13th with times of 18:10, 18:41, and 20:02.

MIT will row tomorrow at the New Hampshire Championships. The team returns home for the Head of the Charles on Sunday, October 18.